Suzie is a fine French bistro that on Jianguo Xi Lu operated by the same people behind SOiF, Ottimo, and theWarehouse. It’s a splurge-worthy special occasion destination for traditional, buttery French food and Grand Cru wines.
Located a couple doors down from The Capella Shanghai, Suzie is a classic luxury restaurant with coattail donned maîtres d and candlelit tables under low-lit chandeliers. Still, it is an intimate space with dining rooms spread across two floors of a remodeled lane house.
There are also two private rooms for up to six guests per room, along with a cocktail bar, and a walk-in wine cellar.
The wines are mostly from Burgundy, and are largely Grand Crus or from prestigious wineries, alongside champagnes. These are curated by expert in-house sommelier Yonex Zhang.
And like the group’s other venues, they endeavor to provide excellent wines at good prices.
In the kitchen is French chef Freddy Raoult, previously at The Nest, who has joined the group full-time. (He also consulted on the food at SOiF.)
Suzie serves a small menu of traditional French dishes. Think oysters baked with sabayon, truffles shaved over foie gras, steaks with charred vegetables, and butter-rich sauces.
Before you begin your meal, it’s advisable to select your wines to pair. Bottles start from ¥600. Do ask the sommelier for recommendations!
What to order
For mains, there are single-serving steaks like the oyster blade (¥195) to the biggest cut of charcoal-fired bone-in ribeye (1kg) for ¥1,400, served with Sarawak black pepper and aged sherry vinegar béarnaise. However, I think the best steak to share is the M9 Uruguayan T-bone, which allows you more room to try the other mains.
Finish off your meal with a night cap or digestif at the cocktail bar on the first floor. My drink-industry dinner companions also remarked on the great selection of spirits, excellent glassware, and technique from the bartender. Well-made cocktails that are well-priced. Classic cocktails for ¥89 and non-alcoholic cocktails for ¥79.
In Summary: Special Occasion
Suzie is a certainly a special occasion destination that’s worth while. Sure, it’s not cheap, but you’re getting some quality, premium ingredients and top-shelf wines. The service is attentive and friendly, too. If you’re looking for your next date night restaurant, this is it.
*All interior photos by Graeme Kennedy
Suzie Fine Bistro
Address: 464 Jianguo Xi Lu, near Yueyang Lu 建国西路464号, 近岳阳路
Tel: 54489799, 18964036698
Hours: Tue-Sun, 5:30pm-11pm