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“Good for shock factor and attentive service”

BeiJing South Beauty ( DongFang Plaza )
Ranked #520 of 12,774 Restaurants in Beijing
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Reviewed December 1, 2012

South Beauty came highly recommended, so our expectations were high, especially after eating some very good meals already in Beijing. The service was very good. The menu was very thick with accompaning photos of each dish.

Westerners, however, will probably avoid most of the dishes. Fish heads, fish lips, etc. are examples of typical fare on the menu. Our group found a number of items that looked good, so we ordered family style and enjoyed our dinner.

The food was good, the service was excellent, however it really didn't live up to the hype.

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is for the new Oriental Plaza branch, No. 1 East Changan St, Dongcheng District, Beijing. The beautiful gold decor gives a special feel to dining here. The Pork Ribs, Smoked Tea Duck, and the Beef Hot Pot were wonderful. The food is not exceptionally spicy, but you can ask for more "heat". The pacing of the meal is not rushed. They have a decent wine selection.

Thank PeterJNewYorkCity
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

South Beauty is representative of China at its worst: overpriced, clueless, disinterested waitstaff and mediocre food. Went to the branch opposite the Great Wall Sheraton, but only because we wanted something convenient. The gongbao prawn had no peanuts, was soggy and overly sweet, the ribs were just about ok while 100 RMB for a fried rice is an outrage. Staff service ranged from reasonably helpful to downright disinterested (groups of four to five waitstaff standing round chatting while customers wait in vain for their orders). It totaled 750 RMB (over $100) for four. SB used to be a reliable option for Sichuan food in Beijing. Looks like the owners have fallen into the familiar trap of overexpanding to build a global brand while letting the standards rot at the core.

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Thank Dave5433
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Consistently good chain of sichuan restaurants, for casual meal with family and friends. Helpful service.

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Thank Lam N
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

the survice was quite slow, the waitresses had little experience and there weren't many options for people who wanted non spicy dishes.

Thank Anita D
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