Dear fellow tasters,
This is a super late post from January’s tasting when several friends and I decided to try South Beauty, using discount vouchers from an online deal website. Located at the UOB Plaza, Thamrin Nine, South Beauty restaurant in Jakarta is the first international branch of a restaurant chain headquartered in Beijing. The restaurant serves up Sichuan and Cantonese cuisines in a contemporary Chinese-inspired interior featuring striking dragon and cloud ceiling, and wooden furnishings accentuated in red.
From the extensive menu, we ordered four dishes to share for five. The first was the smoked chicken served with homemade tea, which tasted quite nice and smokey, albeit a bit dry. It was served with a mildly spicy ground chili sauce and cold homemade tea (presumably plum tea) which I especially liked because of the sweet and refreshing flavor. Then there was the group’s favorite, the “ge le shan” sauteed diced chicken with chili and pepper, a spicy yet tasty mix of fried diced chicken, dried chili, peanuts, Sichuan pepper and other spices, known as the Ma La. I remembered rummaging through the dish to find the Sichuan pepper which invoked a numbing sensation in the mouth upon eating.
We also tasted the stewed tofu with fresh chili which was pretty good although not very memorable. Lastly, the golden pork ribs with garlic were very enjoyable. Smothered in garlic and chili, they were delicious and tender. There was a bloody incident involving one piece of the pork rib (read: one piece of the pork rib still had a little blood when we cut it). We complained and had it returned and replaced with a perfectly cooked one, all handled with excellent service.
Overall, it was a wonderful dinner. I will surely be back to try other dishes from the menu, maybe other spicy Sichuanese and the dim sum.
慢慢地吃吧。 Please eat your meal slowly!
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – “ge le shan’ chicken
What to try next time – other items from the menu, dim sum, dessert
Damage 110k/pax (normal price without voucher)
Thamrin Nine, UOB Plaza
Upper Ground, Unit E,F
Jl. MH Thamrin No. 10, Jakarta Pusat 10230
Ph: +6221 2993 7227
Fax: +6221 2993 7228