Mia Fringe ben­e­fits, af­ford­able in­dul­gence

Shanghai Daily - - CITY SCENE - Yang Di

Amulti-sen­so­rial con­cept space has opened its doors on Huai­hai Road M., al­low­ing swanky lo­cals to dine, shop and pam­per them­selves all un­der the same roof.

Mia Fringe is an ul­tra-chic two-floor, 1,600-square-me­ter space where you can tuck in to com­fort bites and segue into brows­ing ex­clu­sive fash­ion and life­style brands for both men and women.

The cafe on the first floor is where passers-by can slurp down a cof­fee and gob­ble up a dainty, chat­ting with friends, if they have them. The sec­ond level is where the all-day restau­rant re­sides in all its sleek trendi­ness.

The mar­ble and mir­ror bar and lounge area lux­u­ri­ates at cen­ter stage, an ideal place to re­lax and ad­mire your­self.

Neu­tral shades con­spire to make the Mia Fringe din­ing room one of the nat­ti­est spots along the street for those who come to quaff and scoff at lunchtime, or when the din­ner bell rings.

I vis­ited the restau­rant re­cently for an un­ex­pect­edly quiet lunch as the Mia Fringe is so new it hasn’t yet be­come part of the so­cial mael­strom of the lo­cal beau monde, but it surely shall.

The el­e­gance of the set­ting will be mag­net to those ur­ban­ites who love op­u­lent sur­round­ings.

The menu is dis­arm­ingly com­fort­ing and un­pre­ten­tious. I had no hes­i­ta­tion in tuck­ing into silky scram­bled egg with ten­der pink shrimp, a dish only slightly rem­i­nis­cent of its Can­tonese peer. A sliver of black truf­fle en­sured the starter was not too un­pre­ten­tious to be true.

There’s not much more com­fort­ing than south­ern-fried chicken waf­fles, the ul­ti­mate com­bi­na­tion of sweet and sa­vory. The chicken per­haps wasn’t quite “south­ern-fried” enough for my taste, but hey, if you ain’t never been to Lou­i­si­ana, it’s a pretty de­cent choice.

The all-day brunch menu fea­tures a pretty stan­dard range of brunchy items, all a lit­tle jazzed up. Ex­cept for the oys­ters, noth­ing on of­fer costs more than 100 yuan.

It’s also a place to sip tea and nib­ble on sand­wiches and cakes. “Af­ter­noon Treat,” at 298 yuan for two per­sons, in­cludes two cups of cof­fee or tea. An ex­tra 88 yuan will get you two glasses of sparkling rose.

Left: South­ern-fried chicken waf­fles Right: The el­e­gance of the set­ting will be mag­net to those ur­ban­ites who love op­u­lent sur­round­ings. — Cour­tesy of Mia Fringe

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