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[Shanghai] Brunch at Madison

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Madison

Add: 3/F, 18 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu / 东平路18号, 近衡山路
Tel: 6437 0136
Hours: [daily] 6pm-10:30pm, [Sat-Sun Brunch] 12-3pm
Price: [dinner] 300 RMB/person [brunch] ~100 RMB/person
Visited: Aug 2011

Madison is the hotspot for brunch in Shanghai. Take a look at some usual favorites at this contemporary American restaurant and you’ll want to make a reservation right away (which is highly recommended because this place is now always packed on the weekends).

Please note that Madison has reopened in another location.

I like to start my brunch at Madison with Spiced Hot Chocolate (52 RMB), a cup of Cacao Barry hot chocolate sparked with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili.

Poached Eggs (48 RMB) is a favorite among Madison advocates. Two perfectly poached eggs sit atop pig trotter croquette and house made English muffin, complete with a generous pouring of xo hollandaise sauce. Slice it open and out oozes the runny yolk.

French Style Scrambled Eggs (48 RMB) is an ensemble of supremely tender scrambled eggs and flaky puff pastry, intertwined with a mix of sauteed mushrooms.

My bite of the Shrimp Burger (56 RMB) was too small to be memorable.

Refried Potato Pancake Sticks (30 RMB) is an interesting alternative to the typical fries. Try it with Madison’s house made tomato ketchup or request a side of mayonnaise for dipping.

At the waitress’s recommendation, we also ordered their Homemade Black Pork Sausage (35 RMB) served with mustard and arugula. Good.

And now on to the sweet things. First came a jumbo Blueberry Lemon Muffin (26 RMB) with a buttery, crumbly top.

Then a trio of hot, Fresh Doughnuts (36 RMB) right out of the frier.

Stuffed Brioche French Toast with Banana and Streusel (56 RMB) was a pretty thing to look at, but was way too sweet for me and already soggy by the time it arrived at our table. Bummer.

Cinnamon roll (26 RMB) was also too sweet for me. Maybe I’m not American enough to appreciate these sugary treats.

To balance out the sweetness, we ended brunch with a Focaccia (20 RMB). Served hot, fragrant, with a crisp exterior but still doughy on the inside, it’s a small but memorable piece of bread.


Brunch at Madison is a feast. The portions are small enough so you can try a variety of different dishes, but big enough to share among 4 people. Again, be sure to make reservations as this place packs up easily on Saturdays and Sundays.

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August 28th, 2011 at 10:30 am