Open Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00am-2am; Sat-Sun 10:30am-3:00am (for brunch menu)
Phone Number: 6417 1679
Price Range: 80-120rmb
English Address: 2/F, 174 Xiangyang Nan Lu
Chinese Address: 襄阳南路174号2楼
Metro: Line 10 or Line 1 Shaanxi Nan Lu
With the grand opening of IAPM mall and the instant flood of new big shot restaurants emerging in the HuaiHai area, it’s easy to forget about the nearby eats. But, nestled on the second floor above a Lasagna restaurant sits The Public.
Upon entering, the warm aroma of fried chicken wafts through the air and it feels like we’ve walked into a homey, all American styled living room. Here, it’s all about the cozy, Southern comfort. One side of the wall is covered with different geometrically shaped framed mirrors and the other is decorated with shelves of bottled liquor. Hint: if you get there early, try to snag the big couches to laze on.
There's even a fully stocked bar on the left.
During lunch hours, the Public offers three types of reasonably priced set menus. Here’s how it works: Set A offers a choice of any soup, half a salad and one drink (78rmb); Set B offers a choice of sandwich or slider, a small salad/slide and one drink (88rmb); Set C offers a choice of fried chicken or any burger, a small salad, a side and one drink (108rmb).
We ordered a Classic Pastrami Sandwich with Fried Spicy Potato Wedges (90rmb).
Everything about this sandwich is on point. Beef brisket is brined, smoked and steamed for four days until tender and juicy, Italian country bread is toasted and warm. Though the potato wedges were a bit of a let down. Overall, highly recommend this order.
Next, we had the Le Big Mac with Sweet Potato Fries (100rmb).
Only real notable thing about this burger was the fresh vegetables. The Australian beef patty was mediocre and the house-made Thousand Island dressing was a bit much.
Of course, we couldn’t come to The Public and not order their Southern specialty – fried chicken; portions come in half or full. We opted for the Nashville Spicy Fried Chicken (100rmb).
Lucky for us the legendary fried chicken at The Public lived up to its name. The chicken turned out to be finger-lickingly tasty with the batter being extra crispy and the chicken meat being juicy and tender. Highly recommend any of their fried chicken orders, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them.
Lastly, we had The Public’s Chicken Apple Sliders with Sweet Potato Fries.
Not a fan of the sweet potato fries, but the sliders were a winner for me. The patties were made from house-made chicken apple sausages and were topped with apple slices and avocado remoulade. The patties were surprisingly tender and the remoulade was a creamy dream. I would order this again.
We finished our meals off with espressos (28rmb).
Overall highlight in two words: extremely satisfied. I took some close family friends here not knowing what to expect, but today’s food impressed even my dad (who is very picky about what he likes). Be sure to order the fried chicken and Classic Pastrami Sandwich if you plan on making a visit.