[Shanghai] Coquille – A Different Kind of Brunch

Brunch has become a rather predictable affair in Shanghai, yet Coquille manages to turn our expectation on its head. Under owner Mr. John Liu and chef Mr. Patrick Leano, Coquille’s production of this weekend midday meal is not so much a Benedict-and-avocado-toast brunch as it is an excuse to bask in Mr. Leano’s version of indulgent French fare for those of us too impatient to wait for dinnertime.

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[Shanghai] Polux by Paul Pairet

At first glance, Polux’s menu might seem somewhat pedestrian for Mr. Paul Pairet, who is probably best known for his accolade-studded, avant-garde restaurant Ultraviolet. But this repertoire of simple Gallic comfort food is expressed in a strong typeface and the occasional exclamation point. Even the simplest things manage to surprise, perfect in a way that we no longer expect, reminding us all the more emphatically what a formidable team occupies the kitchen.

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[Shanghai] The Cannery brunch

The Cannery’s brunch menu is an interesting, if not essential addition to Shanghai’s brunch scene, with a fair share of both standouts and letdowns. While the food was not as inspiring as Highline’s brunch menu, the ambiance was a lot less frantic, making it a good destination for a quieter, more laid-back brunch.

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[Shanghai] Highline brunch

Running the gamut from Southern comfort food to hippie Cali fare, Highline’s brunch is vibrant and energetic without seeming frantic or forced. Chef Bautista and Chef Jorgensen sure know how to chase away the kind of monotony common to many brunch menus in Shanghai, but the thing is, they also know when to stop.

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[Shanghai] Brut Cake Café

Brut Cake Café is a charming, light-filled space sitting on a quiet intersection on Yu Yuan Road, offering a fantastic menu and a warm, inviting ambiance. Whether you’re looking for a delicious brunch with friends, a quick solo meal, or just a good cup of coffee and a quiet place to work, Brut Cake Café will deliver.

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[Shanghai] Mr & Mrs Bund

Mr & Mrs Bund (Asia’s 50 Best No. 28) Add: Bund 18, 6/F, 18 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai 中山东一路18号,外滩18号6楼 Tel: +86 (21) 6323 9898 Website: mmbund.com Hours: [brunch] Sat-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm; [dinner] Sun-Wed 5:30pm-10:30pm, Thur-Sat 5:30pm-2am Price: [brunch] RMB250-400 Visited: August 2016 Will return: Definitely A year after my first brunch here, Mr & Mrs Bund has…

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[Shanghai] Liquid Laundry

Liquid  Laundry Add: 2/F Kwah Centre, 1028 Huai Hai Zhong Road, Shanghai 淮海中路1028号,嘉华坊2楼 Tel: +86 (21) 6445 9589 Website: theliquidlaundry.com Hours: [lunch] Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:30pm; [brunch] Sat-Sun 11:00am-2:30pm; [dinner] Sun-Tue 5:00pm-12:00am, Wed-Sat 5:00pm-2:00am Price: RMB150-250 Visited: August 2016 Will return: Definitely One of the most popular brunch spots in town, Liquid Laundry offers a delicious menu of brunch classics and a…

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[Shanghai] Table No. 1 (brunch)

Table No. 1 Add: 1/F The Waterhouse, 1-3 Mao Jia Yuan Road, Shanghai 毛家园路1-3号,水舍1楼 Tel: +86 (21) 6080 2918 Website: tableno-1.com Hours: [lunch] Mon-Fri 12:00pm-2:30pm; [brunch] Sat-Sun 12:00pm-3:00pm; [dinner] Mon-Sun 6:00pm-10:30pm Price: RMB150-300 Visited: April 2016 Will return: Definitely After my fabulous dinner at Table No. 1, I came back the very next week for brunch – or more specifically, for…

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