This event has now passed.From high-kitsch entertainment at The Westin to jaw-dropping views at Hyatt on the Bund’s VUE, you could spend months doing the rounds of the city’s Champagne brunches.
But if you’re going to splurge on just one, the big daddy of them all is the Waldorf Astoria’s: though priced at an eye-watering 888RMB (plus 15 per cent service charge), it’s a worthy blow-out. Billed as a ‘brunch journey’, the action kicks off under the whirring ceiling fans of the atmospheric Long Bar, with freshly-shucked oysters, sashimi on silver cake-stands and properly chilled free-flow Veuve Cliquot.
Make sure to get there at 11am on the dot to maximise your shellfish guzzling, because at 1pm you’re moved downstairs to the Grand Brasserie for round two. Unlike most other brunches, where you wander around the various ‘stations’ in a greedy stupor, loading up your plate with a bizarre mish-mash of profiteroles, pizza and pork chops, here you get slick table service and a streamlined choice of three a la carte dishes (options include eggs Benedict, Boston lobster and buttermilk pancakes), though if you’re still hungry there are seafood and dessert bars, too.
As you’d expect, the bubbly keeps flowing throughout and you can also supplement it with wine, fresh juices, coffee and tea.