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“For once, a real traditionnal "French" experience in China!”
Review of La Maison

La Maison
Ranked #66 of 4,136 Restaurants in Shenzhen
Price range: $6 - $22
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Description: French restaurant and wine bar.Welcome to La Maison Brasserie !We invite you to taste a bit of french life in Shenzhen.We welcome everyone that enjoys good wine, cheese, pate and delicious french food, whether you are a gourmet or new to fine food.Just come to La Maison and enjoy a pure french atmosphere!
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“For once, a real traditionnal "French" experience in China!”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

Ok. So first I must specify: I am French, and living in China for 7 years. So I admit I am kind of picky when it comes to French food... And what I LOVE about "La Maison", is that it is one of the very few restaurant that offers an authentic French experience, cutting on all the crap we so often see in French restaurants in China: fake Louis XVI furniture, arrogant atmosphere and ridiculously expensive prices.
If you've ever wandered "hey, where do the average French people like to go for diner? What do they really eat in France?" here's your answer: we go to friendly, down to earth restaurants like "la Maison" with a bar atmosphere, lots of good wines, good music and satisfactory, generously served home-style meals. Sorry to disappoint my Chinese friends here, but in normal life, most of us French human-fellow don't lounge in golden rococo chairs, while elegantly swallowing snails after snails with complicated silver cutlery, over-the-top atmosphere and obsequious staff. I mean, some of the old Parisian bourgeoisie might still live like that, but not you and I. Thank God.
So here it comes instead at La Maison: friendly atmosphere and warm-hearted Manager Fred, greeting you with a convivial smile, excellent selection of imported wines at reasonable price, and great selection of traditional French favorites, served "Family style" (aka in earthy portions): excellent imported cheese & cold cuts, HUGE salads that are "fun to eat" (with lots of goodies inside), foie gras, duck leg confit, beef tartar, grilled fish, gratin, eggs "cocotte" etc...all made from fresh, tasty ingredients, and cooked to perfection. Some of my all-time favorites are: the goat cheese salad with cured ham (careful, this is absolutely HUGE), the cheese platter and the duck leg confit. Delicious. There is also a nice selection of desserts, like creme brûlée and chocolate cake, but I have never been hungry enough at the end of my meal to have some. A small note about the wine, for travellers not used to China: in this country, wines are subject to ridiculously high import taxes, quite often up to 50% or even 100% of the wine retail price. So imported wine IS unfortunately expensive by default in China, especially the French ones. But from experience, I can say that a special effort was made at La Maison to offer a wide selection of French wine for under 300 CY (30-35 EUR). Try the excellent red "Brouilly" for exemple, priced at 280 CY (if my memory doesn't fail). Normally for this price range in Chinese restaurants, you get very average Chilian wines and headaches the next morning! In the summer, my favorite wine is the rose wine from St Tropez (quite uncommon to get in China, since very small production)...drank chilled in the sticky summer, it's the perfect thirst quencher!
=> How to get there? The easiest way is to hop in a taxi and ask "Shekou - Nanhai meigui" (pronounced "Shekow Nanhai Maygui . This is the Rose garden compound). Go down in front of the compound and walk down the street on your right a little (if facing the compound). La Maison is located on # 91. Since Shenzhen is composed of huge wide streets, most taxis won't know exactly where your restaurant is, so the best is to give them the nearest well known tall building or compound.
I'm also giving you the Chinese address, so you can keep it handy and show it to the taxi driver:

深圳市南山区望海路91号29-32栋南海玫瑰花园108号 (近南海玫瑰小区)

- If you feel like going out after your diner, it's easy! Quite close from the restaurant (less than 10 mn walk), there is the famous "Sea World", a big complex of restaurants, bars and clubs spread around an old dry-dock cruise ship. It's fun to have a walk there. Try the "Terrace" to shake your bootie in rhythm with a mojito. Ask La Maison staff in which direction to go, and simply head straight! Stop when you see lots of lights and a huge ship... You can't miss it! It's also easy from there to find a taxi in order to go back to your hotel (always keep your hotel card handy with the Chinese address!)

  • Visited March 2014
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Shenzhen, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Nice wines, great cheese plate, friendly atmosphere”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Great wine list- not expensive but quality choices.
Cheese and pate plate is worth trying. Cozy atmosphere and fast service. Good for a date, corporate event or family dinner...Will be back for sure!

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Peide77
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Shenzhen, China
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“The Lasagna is the best is Shenzhen”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

La Maison is a friendly French Restaurant that the local French population think of as their home away from home.

The Lasagna is the best in Shenzhen. You are given a large portion and its delicious.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank David B
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Shenzhen, China
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Must try!”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Great cozy place with decent list of vines by glass + fresh cheese & bread (big luck in Shenzhen). Little bit pricey, but still, highly recommended!

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Alexeich
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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“Very good food (like you were not in shenzhen)”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Very nice food and place.
Prices are high but you may call it a treat for being in china.
Wine really rises the bill so watch out.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Pablo D
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