Jean-Georges (Brunch)

Open Hours: 11:30am-3:00pm

Phone number: 6321 7733

Price Range: 258rmb+10% service fee

English Address: 4/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu near Guangdong Lu

Chinese Address: 中山一路34楼,靠近广

Metro: Line 10 or Line 2 Nanjing Dong Lu

Website:  www.threeonthebund.com


What makes saying goodbye just a little easier? Well, doing it over brunch at Jean-Georges’ next to the Bund view doesn’t hurt. Having heard so many positive reviews on this restaurant, I thought it was an appropriate last lunch for my friend who was about to fly out the next morning.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten has long made his impression on the fine-dining junkies of Shanghai. Having worked under Paul Bocuse and Louis Outhier as well as trained in many Asian Pacific five star hotel restaurants, Jean-Georges has developed a unique way of making his dishes that purposely incorporate intensive Eastern influenced flavors. Current Shanghai restaurants under his name include Jean-Georges, Mercato and CHI-Q.   

Having arrived at around 12:30, all the window seats were already snagged so we settled for a quiet corner table. There were two kinds of brunch menus both priced at 258rmb+10% service fee; one was the regular weekly menu, which allowed you to choose two brunch items among the many offered with coffee, tea or juice and the other was the special weekend brunch menu which was already preset with an array of brunch items to taste test including eggs Benedict, smoked salmon on pomme maxim, buttermilk pancakes, French toast, croissant and pain au chocolat all of which came with coffee, tea or juice.

They first started us off with some complimentary bread. 

I’m never a big fan of prefixed menus so I opted for the normal brunch menu. My first dish was House Made Granola Yogurt and Fruit. 

Not a fan of the yogurt that was served at room temperature. The fruits were a bit sour so I avoided finishing them. However, the simple granola mixture of slightly toasted oats, crunchy sunflower seeds and dried cranberries definitely made up for the other two drawbacks.

It won’t come as a surprise that my second dish was Eggs Benedict with salmon. 

I was a bit disappointed that the Hollandaise was served on top of my eggs even though I had asked for the sauce on the side. Despite that, I was extremely satisfied with the dish itself. English muffin was fat, fluffy and warmly toasted, salmon portion was much larger than what I’ve received in other restaurants and eggs were poached to just the right degree for the yolk to perfectly ooze out with a slight touch of the fork. This dish also came with a side of salad and potato crisps.

My friend decided to forgo brunch and opted for the lunch set, which offered the choice of two dishes from the menu and a dessert (268rmb+10% service). HIs first dish was Sea Scallops with Caramelized Cauliflower. Scallops were fresh and juicy. 

His second dish was Slow Baked Salmon with Potato Puree and Black Truffle Vinaigrette. 

We finished our meals off with Jean-Georges Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. 

 

I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate cake, but this molten lava dessert was well done, with a warm chocolate filling inside and a small side of creamy vanilla ice cream.

 Overall, the highlight of this brunch was the ambiance of the old Shanghai 1920’s décor, the wide selection of brunch items available, the extremely hospitable restaurant service and the quality of the food. I will most definitely be bringing my family back here to try out the dinner menu.  



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. 


Light & Salt

Open Hours: Midday-2:30pm (for set lunch) and 6:00pm-10:30pm (for dinner)

Phone number: 6361 1086

Price Range: 150-200rmb

English Address: Rock Bund 6th Floor, 133 Yuanmingyuan Road

Chinese Address: 明园路1336楼,近北京

Metro: Line 2 Nanjing Dong Lu 

Website: www.light-n-salt.com


Today’s lunch out was with my best friend and her mama. I read some good reviews on Light & Salt so I decided this would be the place to hit while everyone was on lunch break. 

This restaurant, located behind the Peninsula hotel in the building that used to be Shanghai’s old YMCA, embraces the lively 1920s Old Shanghai theme. With its display of designer books, novel household products and stark simplistic décor, this place becomes suitable for lunch with friends, dinner with out of town guests or afternoon tea for some reading and downtime. 

Elements of traditional Chinese decor

Elements of traditional Chinese decor

The lunch menu is broken down into 138rmb for 2 courses and 168rmb for three sources. The starters include smoked duck breast, roasted cauliflower salad, soup or crawfish soy chicken mango salad. Add an extra 30rmb for foie gras pate. The main courses offer red wine braised veal shank, sautéed cod fillet, slow-braised short rib on bone. An extra 30rmb will get you a side of triple-cooked chips with black truffle oil and cheese, tomato ceviche salad or lobster mashed potatoes. Dessert includes fried ice cream, rice pudding, yogurt cheesecake and peanut butter tart. Lunch beverages are 38rmb for alcoholic drinks including red wine, white wine, spirits and champagne and 35rmb for nonalcoholic drinks including lemonade, freshly squeezed juice and coffee/tea. 

I ordered the crawfish, soy chicken and mango salad with avocado, wood-ear mushroom and palm dressing as my starter. 

I was pleased with this dish. Not only was it nicely presented, but its chicken was tender, the avocado, mango and shrimp were fresh and the palm dressing was sweet and zesty.

 My friend and her mom ordered the smoked duck breast with green bean, radish and honey vinaigrette. 

The duck itself is high quality, but the sauce is a bit too sour for our taste.

For my main, I ordered the sautéed cod fillet with orange spinach, pickled artichokes and coconut curry sauce. 

The portion was plenty large and the curry sauce is quite light so the flavor isn’t too overpowering. However, the taste does get it bit boring after awhile.

My friend and her mom ordered the fried beer batter chicken. 

This dish comes as a hearty portion as well with four crispy fried chicken pieces and a small sweet and chili sauce dipping bowl. Sauce was spot on – only downside is there seems to be more skin than chicken.  

For dessert we ordered the yogurt cheesecake topped with vanilla ice cream and fruit. 


We like our cheesecake slightly creamy with a crumbly graham cracker crust and we were delighted to find out that their cakes are just that.

The friendly couple sitting next to us ordered a plate of taste tester desserts. 

With dry ice oozing out from the holes of the double-layered plate, the presentation of this dish is both impressive and innovative. Featured in this taste tester plate include fried ice cream, cheesecake and rice pudding. I will definitely be trying this the next time I come.

Overall, the highlight of this restaurant is the hipster décor, the creative food presentation and of course the desserts. They have a terrace so you can book outdoor seating if the weather is nice.