M on the Bund

Open Hours: 11:30am-3:00pm (brunch hours)

Phone number: 6350 9988

Price Range: 300-350rmb per person

English Address: 7/F, 20 Guangdong Lu near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

Chinese Address: 上海市黄浦区广东路20号外滩57

Metro: Line 2 or Line 10 Nanjing Dong Lu

Website: http://www.m-restaurantgroup.com/mbund/

While the rest of the city is lazing on a Sunday, M’s kitchen starts bustling at 11:30am sharp. My internship informed me that they would cover one of my brunch meals in return for a restaurant review so of course I took this opportunity to finally check out what all the fuss is about.

Here’s how the deal works: two courses with bottomless tea/coffee is 248rmb (+10% service fee) with an extra 40rmb for dessert. You start out by choosing an appetizer, which include blueberry pancakes, beef tripe, cold noodles, salad, salmon gravlax and fried frog legs. The mains include steak tartar, eggs benedict, Danish smorrebrod, cheese soufflé, smoked mackerel and the famous M’s weekend fryup. Desserts include lemon tart, M’s pavlova, ice cream/sorbet, summer berry pudding and Turkish coffee with Turkish delight and baklava. The entire combo comes with a glass of complimentary Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Champagne cocktail and orange juice. 

 Each table gets a basket of complimentary bread with croissant and butter. 

I ordered salmon gravlax as my appetizer. 

I liked the mildly sweet mustard sauce, but the potato dill was a bit bland.

My aunt ordered the blueberry pancakes with berry compote as her appetizer. 

The pancakes were soggy because they were overly drenched in maple syrup. This dish too sweet to have as an appetizer right before the main.  

Of course I’ll never fail to order my eggs Benedict given the chance. 

It’s nice that they let you choose if you want eggs Benedict or eggs Florentine (or both if you’re indecisive like me), but I was honestly pretty disappointed with what I got. The bacon was all fat with no detectable meat and the muffin bottoms were really hard, not to mention the portion was really small leaving me still hungry at the end.

My aunt on the other hand, chose the better dish – M’s Weekend Fryup. 

This main features minute steak, lamb chop, bacon, grilled sausage and grilled tomato served over a bed of mashed potatoes with a side of fried egg. You can probably see now why I felt cheated with my main seeing as this dish could feed two. Although the bacon and grilled sausage were nothing special, the steak and lamb chop were juicy and tender. I would definitely recommend this to those of you who skipped breakfast in the morning to sleep in.  

M on the Bund has a terrace so I highly recommend reserving a table outside if the weather is nice, especially since it gets really busy during Sunday brunch.  

Overall, the highlight of this brunch is the bottomless coffee/tea and M’s Weekend Fryup. You’re guaranteed to find better tasting food elsewhere for a cheaper price, but the Bund view is spot on.