Xuan (Weekend Brunch)

Open Hours: 10:00am-3:00pm

Phone number: 2310 1700

Price Range: 80-100rmb  

English Address: Andaz Shanghai, 1/F, 88 Songshan Lu near Taicang Lu

Chinese Address: 嵩山路88号上海安达仕酒店一楼靠近太

Dress Code: Casual

Metro: Line 10 Xintiandi or Line 1 Huangpi Nan Lu

Website: www.andazshanghai.com

If Friday nights are reserved for going out, then Saturday mornings are dedicated to brunch therapy. That’s probably the only motivation I had for dragging myself out of bed today. It was the last time I’d be able to grab a bite with my best friend before she jetted off to Taiwan for her summer job.

 Xuan is attached to the eccentric Japanese hotel, Andaz, known for its odd sculptures, modern interior design and high-tech bathrooms (I’m not kidding check out their sick toilets that have a million functions). Xuan’s weekend brunch deals are surprisingly reasonable considering the restaurant’s location sits at the heart of the Xintiandi area. It was a bit too warm outside today to sit on their nice patio, so we grabbed a seat inside next to the window instead. 

The menu is pretty much your brunch standard. You’ve got your sweets including buttermilk pancakes, French toast and waffles all priced at 42rmb. Then, you got a selection of organic egg-based dishes including eggs Benedict (68rmb), ham and tomato omelette (68rmb), scrambled eggs with salmon on bread (78rmb), crepe with egg sunny side up (78rmb) and vegetable quiche (58rmb). They offer a brunch plate (88rmb) for those of you who can’t make up your mind, which consists of smoked salmon, eggs Benedict, an English muffin and French toast. They’ve even got local sets that offer dumplings, rice cakes and Chinese pancakes. 

I ordered the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on rye bread with roasted tomato. 

Comes with a complimentary side of salad

Comes with a complimentary side of salad

The salmon was fresh, the eggs were cooked to my liking and the rye bread was slightly toasted. The portion was slightly smaller than expected so don't expect this to fill you up if you're really hungry. 

If you're looking for an eggy-crepe, this is a winner.

If you're looking for an eggy-crepe, this is a winner.

My friend ordered the crepe with ricotta cheese, black truffle and egg sunny side up. The presentation was adorable, the egg was just runny enough and the crepe was baked to a nice crispy golden brown.  

 To add to our delight, an additional 10rmb per person got us both bottomless tea/coffee of our choice (normally priced at 50rmb). 

Saturdays at Xuan are surprisingly quiet, so it’s a good place to chat or cure a mild hangover. They’ve got two outdoor patios so I definitely recommend you to take advantage of outdoor seating if weather permits. 

Also, something to keep a look out for: sometimes (like today), Andaz hosts a marketplace where booths are set up next to the outdoor patio and guests can purchase cupcakes, ice cream, Strictly cookies, fruit drinks, Shanghai postcards, Mexican burritos, bags of nuts and pastries.

Overall, the highlight of this experience was the affordable yet delicious brunch, the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly service and the option of being seated outside. I will definitely be brunching here in the future.