La Brise 523 Serves Up Fire Pit Roasts & Brunch in Sinan Mansions
On September 30, 2023
Chef Conrad Van Den Heever branches out to open La Brise 523, his first independent restaurant located within Shanghai’s tourist destination Sinan Mansions.
Following that are also Nomfluence readers deals! Details below.
About La Brise 523
La Brise 523 is located within in Sinan Mansions, just opposite Fuxing Park. The restaurant has a modest space with about 40 seats. The main dining area looks out onto the square, flanked by a window that peers into kitchen, and there’s a large communal table for 10 on the other side next to the bar.
The restaurant also claims a cozy wrap-around outdoor seating area with tables facing the dining room and large bar tables at the entrace. The venue is dog-friendly, too.
This is South African chef Conrad Van Den Heever’s first independent restaurant. On the menu are some of his greatest hits, ones that you might find familiar if you had eaten any of the restaurants he previously worked at.
On The Menu
Many of the dishes are flame-grilled and smoked, finished over the coals in the firepit oven.
It’s mostly Western with Southeast Asian accents, an influence that stems from chef Conrad’s exposure to Cape Malay cuisine, a niche unique to the Western Cape of South Africa.
The brunch menu satisfies all the staples required of Shanghai’s favorite weekend ritual.
There are multiple eggs Benedicts to choose from, including smoked salmon gravlax, homemade ham, and a vegetarian portobello. There are half a dozen sandwiches, including a burger that I’ll be returning for soon, as well as heartier plates of steaks and a carbonara. Brunch dishes start at ¥58, all a la carte.
Brunch-time free-flow is ¥188 for two hours of selected red and white wine, prosecco, Aperol Spritz, and highballs.
For drinks, there’s plenty of wine, including quite a few South African wineries like Rascallion, pictured below. Wines by the glass start from ¥68, bottles from ¥308. La Brise also has classic and signature cocktails from ¥68 to ¥88.
Nomfluence Readers Deals
That’s not all! Nomfluence readers get 30% off the Glazed Smoked Baby Chicken when you book via the link below.
Deal is valid for dinner bookings only, valid until October 26, 2023.
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.