With a smooth two-month start under its belt,La Brise 523 is charging full steam ahead. They’ve added more than a dozen new dishes to the menu, have now opened up for lunch, and have launched some excellent dining deals.
Located within Sinan Mansions, La Brise is a modest yet inviting space that offers around 40 seats. The space is split between a main dining room that overlooks the square and a large communal table to the right of the bar, suitable for large groups. It also claims a wrap-around outdoor seating area, reserved for weather-worthy days. It’s also dog-friendly indoors.
This is South African chef-owner Conrad Van Den Heever’s first independent project. The menu reflects his greatest hits, as well as dishes with Asian and Cape Malay influence. Asian-inclined flavors are married with flame-grilled and smoked cooking methods — expect char-kissed whole fish, flame-grilled steaks, smoky sauces, and barbecued mushrooms and vegetables.
New Menu Highlights
New on the dinner menu are a slew of seasonal dishes, featuring earthy mushrooms from Yunnan, stewed lamb shank, and “catch of the day” seafood, sourced live and fresh daily from local fishmongers.
For drinks, La Brise has a curated selection of wines, including some hand-picked South African labels, as well as signature and classic cocktails from ¥68. Wines by the glass from ¥68, bottles from ¥308.
La Brise has also started lunch hours,serving up inexpensive comforts in addition to their signature dishes.
La Brise 523 Weekly Deals
Heads up, La Brise 523 also has some killer weekly deals:
Get the signature baby chicken for ¥98 on Tuesdays (originally ¥168).
On Wednesday, that surf and turf platter is ¥988 (originally ¥1,288), plus you can double down with a two-hour free-flow.
On Thursdays, its a 1kg M7 wagyu T-bone for ¥988.
Nomfluence Readers Deals
Nomfluence readers also get a complimentary selected drink when you book via the link below. This deal is valid until December 30, 2023.
Complimentary selected drink with dinner*
*Limited to one per person; sparkling wine, selected cocktails, or non-alcoholic beverage. Not to be used in conjunction with existing promotions.
Rachel Gouk has been writing about food and drink in Shanghai since 2011. She is a food critic, writer, photographer, and F&B consultant based in Shanghai. Nomfluence was founded in May 2018 as a means to express her love for the Shanghai F&B scene. Follow her blog www.nomfluence.com or on Instagram @nomfluence.