10/F Super Brand Mall, No.168 Lujiazui Xilu
Pudong New District, Shanghai, China
South Beauty is a very beautiful restaurant located in the Super Brand Mall in Shanghai’s Pudong district. The view of the Bund was awesome from this location making us worry about the quality of the food. You have to spend at least ¥200 per person to sit by the window. Dining on the outdoor deck is unparalleled. South Beauty, founded in 2000 by Zhang Lan, has over 40 high end restaurants throughout China including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Chengdu, Suzhou, QingDao, Shenyang. They also run Steam, LAN Club, and SUBU. We had eaten at this location about two years ago and had mixed results. South Beauty Was picked this time because the other restaurants in the Super Brand Mall had already closed. They serve a combination of Sichuan and Cantonese Chinese food in stylish environments.
Decor, Vibe – South Beauty occupies a circular space on the top floor of the mall. This restaurant has clean futuristic decor, with spotlighting, glass floors for the dining rooms by the windows, and a huge open kitchen. The restaurant was serving businessmen, families, across section of the city’s upper income residents. This restaurant has one of the most interesting bathrooms around.
South Beauty’s Menu had many beautiful pictures but was SUPER long, which made it hard to order. Many expensive items like abalone and sharks fin. We chose to emphasize small dishes and dim sum.
Signature Dishes – Spicy Sichuan dishes.
Indian lettuce mixed with peanut butter and sesame paste (¥18) was like a highly organized salad with a nice peanut flavored dressing. We probably should have worried about eating uncooked vegetables.
Cowpea poached and served in ginger juice (18) were served cold with a nice ginger soy sauce, making this a nice crunchy vegetable with a bit of a spice kick.
Fried sliced Beef tender with stones in hot oil (68) was cooked tableside in a weird oily concoction. There were even stones in the soup! Onions, celery, chilies, cilantro, rounded out this unusual, fun, and excellent dish.
Hong Kong style squab (38 each)was cooked well, making it crispy and full of good flavors. Better than most in the US.
Half homemade Crispy chicken (78) was a solid dish with some truly crispy skin and white meat that was juicy and flavorful. Included Sweet-and-sour sauce was very hot.
Sweet rice balls in Rice wine (6 each) dumpling soup was done very well. Not too sweet, and possessing medium-size dumplings, this soup was cooked to a lukewarm level. Strong rice wine flavor.
Pumpkin cakes (8 each) were nice and crispy with a very thin crust almost like a potato chip.
Sesame balls (3 each) were big, hot, and fresh. Thick-skinned with black very sweet sesame inside.
Steamed and Deep Fried mini bun or mantou (12) came with a sweet pineapple jelly dip. These were very good, crispy, and not very oily.
Shallot flavor pancake stuffed with braised pork (6 each) had a layer of meat between two small pancakes. Crunchy and full of sesame seeds, making this dish unusual.
Watermelon juice (¥88 per pitcher) was pretty bland, indicating how fresh and pure was.
Tea smoked duck (88) was okay. The duck was slightly moist, had crispy skin, but lacked good flavor. The buns were small and lukewarm.
Jellyfish (20) was the brownish type that is served in Asia. This dish was extremely spicy and had a little shredded chicken.
Glutinous rice rolls stuffed with red bean paste (12 per 6 pieces) was very ugly and very chewy. That covered with roast peanuts and flour, this was a weird dish.
Rib soup (32) with corn, potatoes, chicken, and celery was cooked in a homestyle flavorful meaty broth.
Asparagus stir fried with garlic (38) and topped with shredded ham were tiny perhaps because they are out of season, but still edible.
Deep fried (38) apples look beautiful and had a nice crunch but were on the starchy side and were so sticky that they were hard to eat.
Four seasons platter Six appetizers (68) in one was more of a decorative dish than an appetizing one, with lots of traditional Chinese cold dishes.
Pan-fried pork bun with scallion and sesame (12 per six) had no juice inside and were not very tall. A fair dish that lacked crispiness and flavor.
Service – South Beauty had very good service probably because they had so many servers and helpers. We didn’t have to worry about ordering, plate changing, or refills.
Value – Prices were in line with restaurants of this quality in Shanghai. We spend about ¥530 for food that could feed seven or more adults.
Verdict – South Beauty surprised us with some pretty good food, but there are lots of dishes to avoid. Diners need to be very careful what they order, with a menu so large, so start with our suggestions. If you want for dinner with a spectacular view of the Bund, at a reasonable price, give this place a try. Otherwise, consider cocktails at a lounge with a view. 10% service charge.
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*Unit 02, No.18, Lane 181 Tai Cang Road, Lu Wan District, Shanghai
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