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[Shanghai 上海] Highline

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Add: 6F, Ascott, Hong Kong Plaza, 282 Middle Huaihai Road
Tel: 6333 0176
Hours: 11am~1am
Price: brunch 200+ RMB/person, dinner 350+ RMB/person
Visited: Apr 2017

Highline, located on the 6th floor of the Ascott in Hong Kong Plaza, is the hot place to be at this moment. To be honest, I wasn’t so impressed when I visited last year during its soft-opening stage – yes, the terrace is sexy and sleek, but the food and service were lacklustre at best. Highline has since then undergone a makeover of chefs and menus, and seems to be receiving especially good reviews for its brunch…time to go back for a second look.

開在香港廣場北座雅詩閣酒店 6 樓的 Highline,最近似乎非常熱門。由于是朋友投資的餐廳,去年還未正式開幕時我先去蹓跶過了幾次,但是(雖然這樣說可能對廚房的工作人員有些失禮)當時最讓我驚豔的是它漂亮的露台,而非食物本身。前一陣子聽說換了主廚改了菜單,趁上海天氣正好,我和朋友們挑了個陽光明媚的日子去試了試周末早午餐。




Though I’m quite in love with the terrace, we opted for the indoor sunroom as it was too windy on the day of our visit. First things first upon being seated – a glass of mimosa (68 RMB) to start the day.

雖然是衝著露台來的,不過當天風大而且朋友帶了小baby一起來,所以最後選了室內的陽光屋。落地窗完全打開,整個空間非常通透,舒服地坐下來後先來杯 Mimosa(68元)。

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June 13th, 2017 at 6:01 am

[Shanghai 上海] Brute Cake Cafe

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Brut Cake Cafe

Add: 698 Yuyuan Road
Tel: 173 2100 8129
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 7am-9pm [Weekend] 10am-8pm
Price: 80~100 RMB/person
Visited: Apr 2017

My first time encountering Taiwanese designer Nicole Teng’s works was about 7 years ago in Plum Gallery, and right there and then I was charmed by her cute hand-drawn faces. Upon returning from Paris in 2015, I was pleased to discover that Nicole has opened a showroom called Brut Cake on Anfu Lu, though I was also slightly disappointed that there’s no actual cake in the shop…then, just earlier this year, Brut Cake Cafe opened, and yes they do sell cakes!

第一次見到台灣設計師 Nicole Teng 的手繪臉孔,應該是七年前的事情了吧。當時靜安別墅裏有個叫做 Plum Gallery 的空間,我到訪時正好展著 Nicole 的一些作品,各式各樣的手繪臉孔我一下就喜歡上了。幾年後從巴黎回來,發現她在安福路上開了家以自己品牌 Brut Cake 爲名的雜貨店,正想著爲什麽店名有 “cake” 而店裏卻沒有蛋糕的時候,真的有賣蛋糕的 Brut Cake Cafe 就在今年開幕了。



Located on Yuyuan Road, Brut Cake Cafe is designed in the same warm and soothing style as Brut Cake, with a sunny patio and wood-centric furniture. The most prominent feature, without a doubt, is the mug display on the wall showcasing 100 different hand-drawn faces, the ones that attracted me in the first place years ago.

位于愚園路的 Brut Cake Cafe 延續了 Brut Cake 返璞歸真的設計理念,有陽光滿分的露台和木質色系爲主的家具,一切都讓人感覺溫暖舒服…不過最引人注目的,還是牆上擺設著的一百只不同手繪臉孔的馬克杯 - 永澤洋蔥頭、花輪劉海、卷毛小胡子…你看上了,哪一個?



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April 27th, 2017 at 2:22 am

[Beijing 北京] The Georg by Georg Jensen

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The Georg by Georg Jensen

Add: No. 45 Dong Bu Ya Qiao Hutong, Di An Men East Avenue, Beijing
Tel: 10 8408 5300
Hours: The Lounge 10:30-12am, The Restaurant 6-10:30pm (closed on Mon)
Price: brunch 350 RMB/person, dinner 450 RMB+
Visited: Sep 2016

Located on the banks of the Jade river is The Georg, a 1000 sqm space of art × design × food by Danish silverware brand Georg Jensen. It includes The Living Room, set under a open space glass atrium, The Restaurant, a scandinavian take on international cuisine, and The Gallery, a showroom located on the 2nd floor. A gorgeous space inside and out.

位于北京東城區玉河橋畔某個傳統四合院裡的 The Georg,是丹麥百年銀飾品牌 Georg Jensen 打造的藝術 × 設計 × 美食空間,去過的朋友都說極美。在網上查了查,餐飲評價總體似乎不錯,價格也不離譜,決定前往探探。



Georg Jensen hired famed Danish design studio Space Copenhagen (who also designed NOMA) to re-envision this traditional Chinese courtyard house. All the furnitures have been custom-made, and modern Scandinavian fixtures are installed throughout the space, fusing harmoniously with the historical building.

果然,漂亮。Georg Jensen 請了丹麥知名的設計工作室 Space Copenhagen(連續幾年榮獲世界#1的 Noma 餐廳就是他們設計的喲)來規劃四合院裏 1000 平米的空間,左邊是起居室,中間是自然光充足的用餐區,右邊爲酒吧,二樓則是展廳。所有的家具都是定制品,燈具和裝飾也點綴的恰如其分,將北歐設計很自然的融合在中國傳統建築裏。



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October 10th, 2016 at 9:36 am

[Shanghai 上海] Egg

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Add: 12 South Xiangyang Road, near Julu Road
Tel: N/A
Hours: 8am-6:30pm
Price: 100-150 RMB/person
Visited: Jan 2016

Bright, instagram-friendly cafe on South Xiangyang Road by cutiepie Camden Hauge of the Shanghai Supperclub. It serves all day breakfast, and as the name suggests, this place is quite egg-centric…even if the dish doesn’t already involve eggs, you have the option to “put an egg on it!” for 8RMB in addition. They also do a 10-seat chef’s table every Thursday evening which sounds like a fun and intimate experience.

襄陽北路上這家 Egg,我還在巴黎時就聽住在上海的外國朋友說了。老板是美國女孩 Camden Hauge,她的溫馨小店全天供應早餐,每道菜不是已經有了雞蛋,就是可以 “put an egg on it!”。Egg每周四還有僅限 10 人座的 chef’s table,每周的主廚不一樣,這個月會有 Madison 的 Austin Hu 和 Elefante 的 Carlos Sotomayor 來客串,聽起來會是兩個相當美味的聚餐。





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February 14th, 2016 at 2:31 pm

[Paris] Buvette Gastrothèque

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Add: 28 rue Henri Monnier, Paris 75009
Tel: 01 44 63 41 71

Hours: 10am-midnight (open daily)
Price: €7~12/item
Visited: Jan 2015

Buvette Gastrothèque, originally opened in New York based on the concept of a Parisian wine bar, has been brought back to the City of Lights itself. Within the past two months I have already visited this cozy little place three times, in love with its bustling vibe, delicious (and affordable) food, friendly service, and the fact that it’s open 7 days a week. 



The food menu is a succinct one-pager, while its drinks counterpart is a hefty booklet. On the food side, the list is divided into “sur le pouce” (on the go), vegetables, fish, meats, eggs, waffles, croque sandwiches, charcuterie, and cheeses. On the drinks side, there are beers, wines, cocktails, cocktails, and cocktails.


As it was Sunday brunch time, we filled out table with sunny items like museli with greek yogurt, french toasts, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, waffle sandwich, and orange juice served in a cute little jar.


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January 4th, 2015 at 10:40 pm

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[Paris] La Compagnie de Bretagne

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La Compagnie de Bretagne

Add: 9 rue de l’Ecole de Médicine, 75006 Paris
Tel: 01 43 29 39 00
Hours: 12pm~11pm (Sunday brunch 11am~3pm)
Price: [brunch] €34~45 [a la carte] €20~30
Visited on: Nov 2012

Please note that this venue is now closed.

When meeting a friend at La Compagnie de Bretagne, a chic (and huge) crêperie in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, all I wanted was a simple combo of galette and apple cider. Little did I know that on Sundays from 11am to 3pm, this place only offers an abundant  €34 weekend brunch consisting of a hot and a cold drink, an appetizer buffet, a viennoiserie/dessert buffet, a made-to-order hot dish, and a made-to-order dessert crêpe. A total overkill for me!

Appetizer buffet: cold cuts, smoked salmon, cauliflower salad, cheeses, scrambled eggs, sausages…

Oh, and oysters!

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November 26th, 2012 at 5:19 am

[Paris] Eggs & Co.

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Eggs & Co.

Add: 11 Rue Bernard Palissy 75006 Paris
Tel: 01 45 44 02 52
Hours: 10am~6pm (Thu 11am~11pm)
Price: [a la carte] €9~23 [brunch] €22~31
Visited on: Nov 2012

We all have our own particularities when it comes to how eggs should be cooked, and Eggs & Co., a small cafe in St. Germain-des-Pres, has got them all: en cocotte (baked), au plat (sunny side up), brouillés (scrambled), à la coque (soft-boiled), omelette, Benedict, Norwegian, Florentine, in a burger, served with red wine sauce…

The cafe first floor is tiny with only a few bar seats, but the second floor is more spacious with two rooms, one of which has a cozy loft-like atmosphere. VERY popular on weekends, reservation highly recommended.

The decor is consistently egg-y.

All brunch sets (€22~31) come with fresh orange juice, coffee/tea, eggs of choice served with oven-baked potatoes and mixed greens, pancake, and fruit salad. My friend chose eggs Benedict, poached eggs and bacon drizzled with Hollandaise sauce, served over grilled muffins. Not bad, not bad.

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November 19th, 2012 at 2:03 am

[Paris] Au Comptoir de Brice

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Au Comptoir de Brice

Add: 33 Rue du Château d’Eau 75010 Paris
Tel: 07 59 84 63 30
Hours: [Tue-Sat] 9am~8pm [Sun] 9am~2pm
Price: [brunch] €25 [entrée] €9~12 [plat] €14~25 [desserts] €5~6
Visited on: Oct 2012

Brice Morvent, a Top Chef France 2010 semi-finalist, runs this cute little corner cafe tucked away in the St. Martin Market. He is especially known for his homemade burgers, but I found the brunch set to be a much better choice, especially on a late Sunday morning.

Love the warm and cozy wooden decor.

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November 3rd, 2012 at 12:29 am

[Paris] Restaurant Sesame

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Restaurant Sesame

Add: 51 Quai de Valmy 75010 Paris
Tel: 01 42 49 03 21
Hours: [Tue-Fri] 9am~12am [Sat] 10am~12pm [Sun] 10am~7pm [Mon] 10am~4pm
Price: [a la carte] €4~16[brunch] €22
Visited on: 2012/09

Restaurant Sesame, a cute little cafe in the lively Canal St. Martin neighborhood, is a hotspot for Sunday brunches. Smoothies, eggs, bagels, and toasts with homemade jams – all organic!

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October 2nd, 2012 at 4:29 am

[Shanghai] Madison, Reopened!

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Add: 3 Fenyang Lu, near Huaihai Lu / 汾陽路3號,近淮海路
Tel: 6437 0136
Hours: [daily] 6:00pm~10:30pm, [Sat-Sun brunch] 12:00pm~3:00pm
Price: [dinner] 300 RMB, [brunch] 100~150 RMB
Visited: Aug 2012

…And it’s back! After a few months of hibernation, Madison – one of my favorite places for brunch in Shanghai – soft-opened its new Fenyang Lu location just this past week. Poached egg with pig trotter croquette, stuffed brioche French toast, refried potato pancake sticks…I have missed you!

The new Madison is divided into two parts: part one is the original Madison concept, while part two “Madi’s” is a more casual gastro-lounge at a lower price point, and is also where brunch is served. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived at the restaurant, so we commenced our midday drinking at the bar. Here’s a Madison Mimosa (55 RMB) made with bubble, orange juice, and ginger orange sorbet.

Madison is currently using the old brunch menu, but rumor has it that they will be introducing some new items starting next weekend. Here are some old favorites, many of them I’ve described here so will just present you the pictures this time: refried potato pancake sticks (30 RMB).

Poached eggs with pig trotter croquette, housemade English muffin, xo hollandaise (48 RMB).

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August 27th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

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