A stunning and hugely ambitious ‘nouveau Sichuan’ restaurant from the people behind Yu Ba Xian (Sense 8). The design's a real tour de force by Caesar Song, the owner of the Yu Ba Xian restaurants, and Andy Hall of MQ Studios. The menu's a tour through the outer limits of Chinese food, served course by course, like fine dining. Some dishes hew quite close to straightforward Sichuan cuisine (but done better), like chuan chuan, a jumble of skewers of tiny pieces of vegetables and meat in a spicy and numbing broth, to inventive things like mapo doufu with foie gras, a tea-smoked pigeon, crab and pumpkin soup served in the pumpkin. The catch is that the menu comes as set, which is well, because it forces you to try things you might not have ordered on your own, but are not cheap. Prices are going to be around 1,000rmb per person. The restaurant is not actually in the mall, but set in an independent building at the extreme southwest corner of the property. The entrance is particularly hard to find. A single elevator, set inside a small building, there is limited signage and lots of room for confusion. To orient yourself, come out of the southernmost exit of the mall, and look towards Shimen Yi Lu. Alternatively, find the NIO store, which is next to the elevator, or the outside entrance to Bar Constellation, which is a diagonal line away from the elevator entrance.
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