The sun’s out, you’re hungover, it’s Sunday. Let’s face it you’re not going to cook – time for brunch.
The patio was buzzing around 1pm, but it didn’t take us too long to get seated. This was our third visit, and we unfortunately still haven’t met the elusive Anthony.
The Western-fusion restaurant divides its brunch menu into two sections called White Angel and Black Devil. If you want to grab something healthy and lighter then opt for the dishes under the White Angel side. Feeling indulgent and decadent? Look to the Black Devil.
We tried their signature All Day Breakfast (RMB88), the Eggs Benedict (RMB78) and the Figs and Spinach Salad (RMB78).
The All-Day Breakfast comes loaded with creamy scrambled eggs, latke-style potatoes, sausages, bacon, hummus, tzatziki, kale, figs, cherry tomatoes and some grilled veggies.
All the flavors meld nicely – you have your salty sausages, the eggs on toast and the fresh flavors from the tzatziki. We really enjoyed this plate as you have little tasters of everything and the portion was pretty large.
Eggs Benny are always a staple, and here at Beef Bar, they dress it up. On top of the poached eggs is some shaved parma ham and below to our surprise was a scallop!
A good salad is hard to come by in Shenzhen, our go-to are the ones at Artisans. But Beef Bar is now definitely on our radar. The Figs & Spinach salad is solid, featuring elevated ingredients like chunks of beet, sugared figs, pears and walnuts on top of a bed of spinach and other greens.
If you’re looking to make this a boozy brunch, go for it. There’s a whole cocktail and spirit list available. We tried the Howick Collins (RMB98) and it literally takes like a creamsicle. The drink consists of gin, raspberry puree, lime juice and soda water. The puree adds to the frothy, smooth consistency of the drink and the gin is barely detectable but we sure felt it.
What we love about this restaurant is that they use a lot of healthy ingredients (kale, figs, beets, etc) but jazz them up in a way that you don’t even know you’re eating ‘healthy’ because it tastes pretty indulgent. The other great thing is the price point, all the brunch items are around RMB58-88 per dish. This is a pretty good deal, compared with some other restaurants that serve the bare minimum but charge almost RMB100.
They also play hip hop in the background and there’s indoor and patio seating – so plenty of options for groups of all sizes.
We’ll be back for that Spicy Beef Salad.
Price: RMB150 for one
Who’s going: brunch bloggers, MixC wanderers
Good for: bangin’ brunch, beef, fresh juices
Nearest metro: Houhai, Exit G (9 minutes’ walk)
See listing for Beef Bar by Anthony.
[All images via That’s]