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[Shanghai] Brunch at Jing’An, The PuLi Hotel

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Jing’An Restaurant

Add: 2F, The PuLi Hotel and Spa, 1 Changde Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu / 常德路1號2樓, 近延安西路
Tel: 2216 6988
Hours: 11:30-2:30pm, 7:00-10:30pm
Price: [brunch] 398 RMB + 15%/person
Visited: Mar 2012

PuLi Hotel’s Jing’An Restaurant – adorned with dark woods, bamboo screens, lotus flowers, and huge plate-glass windows overlooking Jing’an Park – is one of my favorite places in Shanghai. Brunch here is a lavish affair, with two buffet tables in addition to a la carte orders of main courses and desserts, plus the optional free flow of Moet & Chandon Brut or Moet & Chandon Rose. What more can you ask for?

I usually don’t like buffet food, but the Jing’An version is quite nicely put together. What they entail: a fresh seafood station, charcuterie selection with dressing, roasted meats, freshly baked breads and pastries, imported cheeses, pickled station with pickled eggs, cucumbers onions and marinated mushrooms, fresh salad selection, a variety of homemade condiments, and fresh fruits.

Here’s my plate #1, one of the many to come. I was more than half full before our a la carte orders even arrived at the table…what happened to pacing?

For a truly bubbly Sunday brunch, add a free flow of Moet & Chandon Brut (+ 298 RMB) or Moet & Chandon Rose (+ 398 RMB) to your order.

Included in the brunch set are two main courses and a dessert course. We started with Truffled Mushroom and Duck Tortellini, topping a bed of perfectly sauteed spinach. Excellent.

I was happy with the fluffy texture of the Goat Cheese Omelet with Truffles, and especially loved the sprinkling of chopped walnuts which added a nice crunch…though the dish was under-seasoned for me.

Beer Battered Black Cod with Chips – crispy thin beer batter loosely coating juicy tender black cod, served with tartare sauce and pickles.

Eye Fillet with Caramelized Onions was a disappointment. It arrived almost well-done, so we sent it back and asked for a medium rare…it came back medium and quite tender, but the meat itself was rather flavorless (though salvaged by the caramelized onions).

Desserts. Double Blueberry Trifle, beautiful in presentation and taste. Would’ve spent more time photographing if the sorbet wasn’t melting away.

Lemon Curd Pie with Yogurt Sorbet.

Finish with a cup of coffee or tea.

Though not all of the dishes sang for us, Jing’An Restaurant is still one of the loveliest places to have brunch in Shanghai. Whether to come back or not isn’t the question – it’s a matter of how often.

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March 20th, 2012 at 4:41 pm