Yes, the free flow of Perrier Jouët is nice, and the victorious view of Lujiazui is no doubt a plus, but it’s the quality of food that differentiates Vue from its league. Made-to-order lobster bisque with cognac and chive, poached eggs with soft polenta and black truffles, steak in red wine and bacon sauce, poached peach with champagne peach sorbet…588 RMB + 15%. 11:30am~2:30pm. Details and pictures here.
The lavish parade of food commences at the Long Bar – which used to be the gathering place for la crème de la crème of Shanghai back in 1920s – with flutes of Veuve Cliquot champagne and freshly shucked oysters, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 688 RMB + 15%, plus 200 RMB for free flow of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. 11:00am~3:00pm. Details and pictures here.
Try the signature plate of smoked salmon, eggs Benedict, French toast, and pancakes or choose from their very likable 3-course lunch menu, which features some signature dishes from the Jean Georges classic repertoire. Just be sure to call ahead early to reserve the window seats, which get snatched up very, very quickly. 218 RMB +10%, 11:30am~2:30pm. Details and pictures here.
Brunch at Jing’An comes in two parts. Part 1: Two buffet tables laden with fresh seafood, charcuterie, roasted meats, a selection of fruits, as well as breads and pastries direct from the bakeries at The PuLi. Part 2: An a la carte selection of western and oriental main courses and beautifully hand-crafted desserts. Elegant setting, delightful atmosphere, and excellent service. 398 RMB + 15%, 11:30am~2:30pm. Details and pictures here.
A brunch favorite in Shanghai. Take a look at some usual favorites at this contemporary American restaurant and you’ll want to make a reservation right away. Try poached eggs with pig trotter croquette, house made English muffin, xo hollandaise, or French style scrambled eggs with puff pastry, mixed mushroom, A la carte menu, approximately 100 RMB/person. 12:00pm~3:00pm. Details here.
Every Sunday, Napa presents “The Winemaker’s Lunch”, which is unlimited contemporary European food with themes that change weekly. A refined atmosphere, an impressive wine list, and gourmet cuisine makes for an absolutely lovely Sunday brunch. Opt for the outdoor patio on a nice day. 198 RMB/person, 12:00pm-3pm. Details and pictures here [Visit 1] [Visit 2].
Every weekend, Stiller’s presents a different permutation of unlimited small plates, all in the elegant setting of its sleek and spacious dining room. Expect to see artfully presented dishes with innovative flavors and textures. The best part about Stiller’s brunch is the free-flow of tiny portions so you can try everything, and if you so desire, order foie gras until you puke. 358 RMB/person, 12:30~ 2:30pm. Details and pictures here.
Brunch at T8 is served in the tranquil and spacious upstairs lounge. 248 RMB for two courses, 318 RMB for three courses, and 488 RMB for four courses, all inclusive of a glass Perrier-Jouet champagne and illy coffee or tea (extra 198 RMB for free flow of champagne). 248~488 RMB/set, 11:30am~3:00pm. Details and pictures here.
Azul (recently moved, not sure how the new place is)
Casual Peruvian eatery by Eduardo Vargas offering generous portions of brunch items ranging from salmon crepes to omelets to minute steak to Spanish chicken with rice. Two courses for 130 RMB or three courses for 160 RMB with complimentary scones and muffins (served warm and fluffy!) plus a drink and coffee/tea. brunch favorite among expats. 11:00am~4:00pm. Details and pictures here.
A cute little crepe shop in the French Concession with wooden benches, waiters in stripey uniforms, complete with light house-shaped salt and pepper shakers. Order from their 128 RMB or 168 RMB sets for a combination of savory and sweet crepes, or just go a la carte. Pleasant and laid-back ambiance, with an open kitchen that makes the space smell like heaven. Perfect for a casual brunch. 10.30am-4pm. Details here.
Brunch at Maya is all about the eggs. Breakfast burrito, papas con huevos, Mexican omelet, huevos con carne, pan de maiz huevos benedictos, baked frittata…all under 50 RMB. Even more satisfying are the freshly made guacamole and the airiest, lightest, fluffiest churros you’ll find in Shanghai. A la carte menu, approximately 100 RMB/person. 11:00am-5:00pm. Details here.
A small cafe in Tianzifang filled with an abundance of sunlight and the alluring aroma of freshly brewed coffee. This cozy little place serves luxurious coffee, desserts, and down-to-earth Japanese comfort foods that warm you up from the inside. Be sure to order the ice latte. Approximately 100 RMB/person, 10:30am~10:00pm.
The wood-paneled and black leather chair interior is rather dark and not my usual favorite vibe for brunch, but to occasionally diverge from the typical ‘sunny patio brunch’ path isn’t a horrible idea either.Come here for a comfortable brunch featuring classic items such eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, omelettes, Croque Madame, seafood chowder, and the likes. 11:00am~6:00pm. Approximately 100 RMB/person. Details here.
While dinner at El Willy can be pricey, brunch is a great deal – a 6-course seasonal menu for 150 RMB. Food and service are not very consistent (my first visit was delightful, my second visit was less than satisfactory), but this place remains a popular brunch spot among expats. 11:00am~3:00pm, closed on Sundays. Details here (1st visit) and here (2nd visit).
A homey restaurant offering some hearty Southern comfort food worthy of your stomach space. Fried chicken, rosemary biscuits with sausage gravy, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, breakfast burritos…Everything is in American portions, so come hungry! 80 RMB/person, 11:00am~3:00pm.
A small pancake specialty shop in Jing’an area. The food and the decor are just ok, but the the price is unbeatable – for less than 50 RMB, you get pancakes, sausages/bacon/ham, eggs, home fries, plus coffee or tea. Better yet, they serve breakfast until 3:00pm! My favorite was the German sausage set, but if you’d rather not do breakfast sets, the banana walnut pancakes would be a safe choice. 30~50 RMB/person. Details here.
Nepali Kitchen serves two brunch sets on the weekends. The vegetarian set includes soup, plain rice, mixed vegetable curry, spinach, dal/lentil, pickle, sikarni (yogurt), tea or coffee for 55 RMB, and an additional meat dish for a total of 70 RMB. Choose between sitting at a table or on raised floor with comfy cushions for a more laid-back and intimate dining experience. Details here.