POP American Brasserie (Brunch)

Open Hours: 11:00AM-2:00PM 

Phone number: 6321 0909

Price Range: 258rmb+10% service fee (3 course brunch); 208rmb+10% service fee (2 course brunch)

English Address: 7/F, 17 Guangdong Lu near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

Chinese Address: 广东路17号, 外滩三号7楼, 近中山东一路

Metro: Line 10 or Line 2 Nanjing Dong Lu

Website:  www.threeonthebund.com

When the best friend flies in from Hong Kong for the weekend to celebrate her birthday, you know you’ve got expectations to meet. Poor girl sat on a delayed plane for 7 hours for what was supposed to be a 2 hour flight, the least I could do was treat her to a nice Bund brunch (plus, rain or shine I’m a sucker for that Bund view and everyone knows it). 

Having been up until 4AM, we were a tad bit eager to eat and ended up being the first ones seated at the restaurant at 11 in the morning. No shame – more room for us. The interior design was an interesting mesh of 1970’s American pop culture and Chinese vintage – very Andy Warhol. Neon signs at the entrance and red leathered booths render a diner vibe, but marble tables, modern chandeliers and a killer outdoor terrace keep us in check that it’s still a classy Three on the Bund venue. 

Well, if you’re going to feast, you might as well do it right. We both opted for three course brunch meal (258rmb + 10% service fee), but the two course brunch option is also available for 208rmb + 10% service fee. 

For appetizers, we both got my brunch favorite – Salmon Eggs Benedict. 

The eggs were a bit too runny, but the salmon and English muffin were just fine – very standard eggs benny. 

My friend ordered the French Toast with Poached Apple, Rolled Sausage and Fries. 

Not your average heavy, I-have-a-headache-from-this-overdose-of-sugar French Toast. Light and fluffy almost like a pancake with a subtle cinnamon flavor, which we quite liked. Sausage was mediocre, fries were crisp, but my friend really couldn’t get enough of the soft poached apple. 

I had the Smoked Salmon over Gnocchi with Peas and Tomatoes in Pesto for my main. 

Gnocchi was disappointing. Although the salmon was rather bland, it was smoked until juicy and tender and thankfully the strong pesto flavoring (and a lot of added pepper) was able to make up for the lack of taste.

And of course, we couldn’t finish brunch without ending on a sweet note. This was the most highly anticipated part of the visit for we had heard much about pastry chef Vivian’s signature dessert selections.

My friend had the Belgium Waffle with Mixed Berries topped with Whipped Cream. 

Soft with a scone-like crumble not to mention beautifully crafted – you can count me as a fan.

I had the Bread Pudding paired with Vanilla Ice Cream. 

Warm pudding sprinkled with raisins and a pinch of cinnamon that melts in your mouth, paired with thick vanilla bean ice cream. Helloooooo sir, we have a winner.

Overall, the highlights of this place include the funky, lively atmosphere and their crafted dessert treats. If you aren’t up for the three course brunch, go for the two course, just make sure one of your dishes is reserved for their sweets because that’s definitely their strong suit. If the weather is in your favor, be sure to snag a seat on the outdoor terrace for their Bund view will make it worth your red bucks.