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BB88, B1/F Oriental Plaza, 1 Dong Chang An Jie (Wangfujing)
(86) 010-8518-6971 | www.southbeautygroup.com
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)RMB 15-50; RMB 20-100
FAMOUS PLATESGongbao jiding (Kung Pao chicken); stone grilled beef; dandan mian (pork and chili noodles)
DRINKS AND WINEInternational wine list; beers
# OF SEATS400
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
South Beauty’s chain of upscale Sichuan eateries has won legions of business diner fans with their cushy private dining rooms, VIP service, and gourmet fare. Their haute-couture interiors vary from location to location, but their oh-so-opulent Wangfujing digs are the best of a remarkable bunch, thanks to a bevy of private spaces and ultra-luxe detailing like gold-leaf encrusted walls, displays of priceless elite vintage wines, and curved corridors where floating walkways swing over delicate koi ponds.
By day, the crowd is largely corporate lunchers, while well-heeled young fashionistas and hipsters parade in at night.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
If you’re here for a business lunch, go for a sharp suit, but otherwise a more laidback smart casual look is fine–think slacks with a chic top.
GO HERE WITH
Clients or colleagues; friends; shopping companions – for a break from retail therapy in Wangfujing
WHY WE LIKE IT
Excellent spot for a business lunch or upscale dinner. Book a private room at South Beauty, and you’ll have an ideal setting for pitching to a potential client or wooing your latest beau. And even if you’re just grabbing a bite in the main dining room, the stylish Sichuan fare is well worth indulging in thanks to the deft match-up of kicky spice and slick presentation.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The gorgeous servers (who doubled as models in their ad campaign around town) can be rather hoity-toity and less-than-hospitable.
GOOD TO KNOW
Most of South Beauty’s Beijing locations are in international office towers, making them just that much more convenient for business lunches.
Dongcheng (Beijing); Central Business District (Beijing); Xicheng (Beijing); Olympic Village (Beijing); Sanlitun (Beijing)
Read more about South Beauty in The Diary
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