Beyond Dim Sum: Shanghai’s Best Brunches
There’s no merit in being monogamous to dim sum when Shanghai boasts so many scrumptious brunch options. Whether you wake up with a hankering for seafood, mod Mex and tempting tapas, or sophisticated settings and view-toting tables, LUXE will guide you to the finest late-morning feasts this city has to offer.
Begin the day in (A-list) style at The Peninsula, which comes with eye-popping views of the Bund. This handsome heritage hotel has a clutch of all-star restaurants; the Lobby is a polished, pearl-white setting for morning marathons of the culinary kind. It offers all-day dining, so you can pick from the breakfast menu til 11am, and the lunch menu after that (both are very tempting).
If you fancy kicking proceedings off with a spot of surf ’n’ turf, head instead to The Bull & Claw, whose luscious live lobsters are flown in daily from Novia Scotia. The restaurant also dishes up succulent Australian steak and has 18 on-tap beers for you to sip your way through, should you be so inclined. Brine-fresh seafood is thirsty work, after all...
Add a dash of Mexi-Cali zing to your morning at marvellous Maya, which looks to Tinseltown for its fun, hacienda-like arches, off-white and sandy hues. Latin beats and a spruce crowd keep things #vibey; get stuffed on tacos, then retire to the the Hustlers Lounge to sip post-taco tequila like a Don. You could throw in a cigar too, for good measure.
Whoaid tapas is for midnight feasts only？ Certainly not us. Tick off pintxos a-plenty at El Willy, wowing with colourful, contempo, seasonal Spanish tidbits courtesy of acclaimed chef 'Willy' Trullas Moreno. This Willy doesn’t stint on eye-candy either, with its colour-pop painted glass sculptures and exposed brick a-go-go.
Hungry for brunch with a view？ Take your eyeballs – and appetite – to vista-toting M On The Bund, which has become the stuff of real-life legend thanks to its unbeatable Bund-side terrace and all-star menu. You could feast on eggs benny or wrestle over the shareable Danish smorrebrod. If you’re still going strong after your duck leg confit and poached egg or seared sea bass with artichoke fritters, try the perfect pavlova or opt for Turkish coffee with baklava and Turkish delight. Opt for the weekend brunch menu and you’ll get a choice of two or three courses, plus limitless tea or coffee.
City-slicker brunch spots don’t get much more bougie than Paul Pairet’s cosmopolitan crowd-pleaser, Mr & Mrs Bund, which aces French brasserie-style classics and global delicacies, dished up in a shark-svelte space styled with shades of soothing silver and grey. Coveted Pudong views and the snazz patio-ette are the icing on the coconut.
The Peninsula / 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu / +86 21 2327 2888 / shanghai.peninsula.com
The Bull & Claw / 110 Fenyang Lu / +86 21 3356 7608 / dinner daily, brunch Sat-Sun / thebullandclaw.com
Maya / 2/F / Clubhouse / Grand Plaza / 568 Julu Lu / +86 21 6289 6889 / dinner daily, brunch Sat-Sun / maya-shanghai.com
El Willy / 5/F / 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu / +86 21 5404 5757 / elwillygroup.com
M On The Bund / 7/F / 5 The Bund / Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu / +86 21 6350 9988 / lunch & dinner daily / m-restaurantgroup.com
Mr & Mrs Bund / 6/F / 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu / +86 21 6323 9898 / dinner daily, brunch Sat-Sun / mmbund.com