Birthdays, Food reviews - Shanghai, Uncategorized BIRTHDAY LUNCH @ SOUTH BEAUTY 4 November 2009


South Beauty
881 Yanan Lu (????881?)
Shanghai, China

PRICE: ????
RATING:

Chris and I have been to South Beauty twice before, and have always been impressed with their food. And so this was the place I selected for my birthday lunch with the family. I was originally eyeing the Foie Gras buffet at the Sofitel, but then we decided we’d only just gorge ourselves silly (and obese) with foie gras and South Beauty would be a better option 😉

The reservations girl was a case of “the lights are on, but nobody’s home”. Despite me requesting for (and confirming) a “table outside”, when we arrived we were told it was not open due to a wedding later in the day. Fair enough, but why not tell me when I was making the reservation, or call me and inform me? Fortunately, their upstairs dining area was also nice since it was out on the balcony, so we didn’t kick up too much of a fuss.

The one thing that astounded me at South Beauty was their refusal to serve water. When I asked, she insisted “still or sparkling”? I HATE it when restaurants do that, especially expensive ones. Let’s face it – you’re already making so much money, why insist on charging for water? For that reason alone, I don’t think I’d go back to the restaurant and it gives them a massive thumbs down.

Fortunately for them, their food is really good, so I overlooked their water blunder. The dishes were all deliciously cooked, exceptionally tasty and well presented. A total joy to eat 🙂 The best by far is their Sweet and sour Mandarin fish, a whole fish that is lightly battered and smothered in a rich (but not too overpowering) sweet and sour sauce. The fish was moist and tender, offset by the tasty crisp exterior. Delish!!

It was a great birthday meal because the dishes were so good. Shame they didn’t pick up their service.


Outside our apartment – was a gorgeous autumn day!

This is another way to wear an Hermes scarf btw – as a strapless top, tied behind 🙂

Walking into South Beauty…

…which has its own stand-alone building/villa

Seated in the upstairs balcony area in the sun

Mum liked the roses and asked me to hold ’em up for a pic, hence the random photo

Artistic plates

Assorted appetizers that I didn’t eat, too weird looking and hello, it’s all veggies

My Corona beer with Chris’ Hoegaarden. Awesome with the spicy food!

Crispy Chicken – boy this was good. Really plump and juicy!

Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish – my favourite dish. Perfectly cooked, so moist,
and awesome flavour! I LOVE sweet & sour…

Sword beans – fantastically tasty and delicious considering they were veggies!

Spicy beef Sichuan style – man this was a killer, wayyy too spicy for me to eat

Dandan noodles – so tasty!

Shenjian buns – delicious, all crispy on one side, and fluffy on the other. Mmm…

Our yummy array of dishes

Happily about to tuck in

Inside the restaurant, randomly taken whilst I was waiting for Mum and Dad to come out of the bathrooms

There was a wedding in the garden downstairs. I liked it because the colours were
very similiar to ours. Plus, their wedding flowers were just gorgeous!


28 Comments

  • tiffanyx posted on November 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    you look gorgeous babe!
    did the chinese gawk at you wearing like that walking around??

    ack you are making me crave for an ice cold beeeeer now~~ *hic*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:33 am

      LOL yeah.. it’s like they’ve never seen a female in their life or something :S

      Ahh I love icy cold beers in the summertime, yum!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on November 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Do you ever watch 30 Rock? Liz Lemon (the main character on the show) would agree with you about the water. Haha.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:46 am

      Hehe no I haven’t.. but I hope most people do agree, it’s such a crap concept!

      Reply
  • aqualuna posted on November 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Bev, you look HOT! 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:50 am

      Ohhh hehe thanks!

      Reply
  • good_lenchik posted on November 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    What a hot chick! I wonder is it safe to wear top like this? What if wind blows the front part up? ))) Don’t tell me all those Chinese didn’t stare and point at you that day ;))

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:52 am

      Hehe nah it doesn’t flip up with the wind, it stays down quite well! I did get stared at though, but weird men.. bleh 🙁 In australia it’s no big deal to wear it, I forgot it’s not the same here!

      Reply
  • agnesm posted on November 4, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    happy belated bday! you look so cute : ) omg i’ve never seen sheng jian bao in muffin papers before– the presentation is adoooorable!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:52 am

      Hehe I totally agree, the presentation is way better than what you get from the roadside stores! 😛

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on November 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    The water thing bothers me too in fancy restaurants … same in fancy hotels! Love the scarf as top.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:54 am

      yeaaahh i get so irate at desperate attempts to try and make more money – SHAME on em!

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on November 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    you look gorgeous babe!
    did the chinese gawk at you wearing like that walking around??

    ack you are making me crave for an ice cold beeeeer now~~ *hic*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:33 am

      LOL yeah.. it’s like they’ve never seen a female in their life or something :S

      Ahh I love icy cold beers in the summertime, yum!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on November 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Do you ever watch 30 Rock? Liz Lemon (the main character on the show) would agree with you about the water. Haha.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:46 am

      Hehe no I haven’t.. but I hope most people do agree, it’s such a crap concept!

      Reply
  • aqualuna posted on November 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Bev, you look HOT! 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:50 am

      Ohhh hehe thanks!

      Reply
  • good_lenchik posted on November 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    What a hot chick! I wonder is it safe to wear top like this? What if wind blows the front part up? ))) Don’t tell me all those Chinese didn’t stare and point at you that day ;))

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:52 am

      Hehe nah it doesn’t flip up with the wind, it stays down quite well! I did get stared at though, but weird men.. bleh 🙁 In australia it’s no big deal to wear it, I forgot it’s not the same here!

      Reply
  • cenedrah posted on November 5, 2009 at 12:46 am

    You look nice! 😀
    I actually like the scarf styled this way better than the other day. Looks more natural.

    I love that you’re shameless poser! hahahaaa So am I and my friends.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:55 am

      Yeah you’re right, it’s easy to just wrap around and tie 🙂

      Hhaha that is most possibly my most poseur shot ever 😛

      Reply
  • agnesm posted on November 4, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    happy belated bday! you look so cute : ) omg i’ve never seen sheng jian bao in muffin papers before– the presentation is adoooorable!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:52 am

      Hehe I totally agree, the presentation is way better than what you get from the roadside stores! 😛

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on November 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    The water thing bothers me too in fancy restaurants … same in fancy hotels! Love the scarf as top.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:54 am

      yeaaahh i get so irate at desperate attempts to try and make more money – SHAME on em!

      Reply
  • cenedrah posted on November 5, 2009 at 12:46 am

    You look nice! 😀
    I actually like the scarf styled this way better than the other day. Looks more natural.

    I love that you’re shameless poser! hahahaaa So am I and my friends.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 5, 2009 at 2:55 am

      Yeah you’re right, it’s easy to just wrap around and tie 🙂

      Hhaha that is most possibly my most poseur shot ever 😛

      Reply

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