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The Beach House gets a taste of southern France

A very central location that used to be occupied by one of Shanghai’s favorite restaurants, Mesa & Manifesto, is now home to a newcomer: The Beach House.

Walking up to the spacious second floor, that is divided into a central bar area and dining spaces, The Beach House has a laid-back theme which is reminiscent to vacation houses in the south of France. Light beige tones dominate, giving a light and breezy vibe.

A meal at The Beach House is a night away from the hustle of the city. A relaxed, casual night out, with a beach inspired interior, is what the Taiwanese owner Tony Liu wants to bring to everyone who enjoys good food and drinks.

Liu, a former pilot, jumped into the restaurant business because he is a food lover. He wanted to have a place where his friends and customers would feel comfortable in an earthy, trendy environment. He met his partner and chef, Pierrick Maire, through a close friend. Maire is a talented chef who has worked in several fine dining restaurants from France, Maldives to China.

The menu he has created is inspired by southern part of France, by the sea, but with a modern twist.

Maire said: “I come from south of France so I put my heart into seafood and colorful ingredients. I try to reproduce my comfortable food environment in The Beach House because the restaurant concept and Liu’s vision matches my own perception. I love my country’s gastronomy as it is very complex and every region has its particularity.”

It is recommended to start the evening with a signature cocktail here, be it Mermaid Water or Planter’s Punch.

While sipping my cocktail, the first dish came to the table: Scallop in Shells, which is simmered leeks and Champagne sauce (98 yuan). It is a delicate dish chef Maire proposes for the winter season. It has luxury ingredients such as Hokkaido scallops and fine brut Champagne, to perfectly celebrate the festive season.

I also liked La Bouillabaisse, a traditional southern France soup with shellfish (288 yuan). It was a hearty soup ideal for two. It was flavorsome with sweet spices, star anis and saffron.

The Lobster Linguini (388 yuan) is a reference to the chef’s Italian origin. The fragrant sauce made with tomatoes, shallots, brandy and Parmesan gives a lighter, fresh taste that is perfect for any season of the year. And most importantly, a whole lobster is used in this divine dish.

The Beach House

Opening hours: 3pm-midnight (Tuesday-Friday); 12am-midnight (weekends)
Tel: 6266-9818
Address: 2/F, 758 Julu Rd
Average price: 300 yuan


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