Back in January, we told you how much we loved the food at Southern Barbarian, the great Yunnan restaurant that some people complained was too far away because it was north of Beijing Lu. Well, we are happy to report Southern Barbarian has moved farther south, and now resides amongst a cluster of art galleries and shops near the intersection of Maoming Lu and Jinxian Lu (just one subway stop from Shanghaiist headquarters). The grand reopening party, with requisite amounts of free food and booze (and live music from The Cardinals), was last night, and some photos can be found above.
We had a sneak preview meal with Feng (the owner) and Adam and Knut (part of the band) on Thursday night and can assure you that the menu emerged from the move intact — and there are some interesting additions … like fried bees. Like the bees, the entire kitchen staff has been imported from Yunnan. Also, Feng still has perhaps the best beer selection of any Chinese restaurant in the city, and he is keen to add to his stash (take note you and you). Starting soon (whenever the framer gets things right) Southern Barbarian will also be home to an exhibit of photos form Shanghai-based photojournalist Ariana Lindquist, and works from more artists will occupy the walls in the future.
Southern Barbarian, Second Floor, Area E, Ju’Roshine Life Art Space, 56 Maoming Nan Lu (near Jinxian Lu). Tel: 5157-5510. Maoming entrance is right next to Di Shui Dong, a short walk from the Shaanxi Nan Lu metro stop on Line 1. After 9 pm, use the entrance on Jinxian Lu.