Luxury hotel brunches

High class free-flow brunches in Shanghai

The Dining Room at the Park Hyatt
Price 288RMB; 588RMB, includes free-flow Perrier Jouet Champagne and soft drinks. All prices plus 15 per cent
Time 11.30am-3pm, Sun
Booking Recommended for large groups

Shanghai’s not short of hotel buffets that rely heavily on samey old standards and throwback dessert-trolley staples. But executive chef Jacqueline Qiu's Sunday offering happily sidesteps the heat-lamp clichés in favour of a split menu of fresh, nouveau French-bistro dishes and riffed Chinese favourites.

Stand-outs from the French side include the excellent beef tartare, the frisée duck-leg confit salad and the superb, silky foie gras terrine topped with a gently bitter-sweet wine jelly.

Hai Pai First Floor, Andaz Hotel, 88 Songshan Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu.

Tables, Portman Ritz-Carlton
Price 438RMB, includes soft drinks; 528RMB, includes free-flow Moët & Chandon Champagne. All prices plus 15 per cent
Time 11.30am-2.30pm, Sun
Booking Recommended for large groups

Set in the hotel's Tables restaurant, some areas of the Portman Ritz-Carlton's brunch could do with a little sprucing, but if you know which stations to hit, this works out as one of the better value hotel brunches.

The strongest suit here is easily the fresh fish counter which offers super-fresh French Fin de Claire oysters alongside Alaskan crab legs, Atlantic lobster and, right now, hairy crab. Also impressive is the sashimi counter, which includes delicious white tuna. 

Tables, Portman Ritz Carlton 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu.

Price 580RMB, includes soft drinks. Add free-flow Champagne for 300RMB. All prices plus 15 per cent
Time 11.30-2.30pm, Sun
Booking Essential

Lobster brunch at The Park Hyatt is a pricey option but it’s an experience fit for royalty with its seemingly infinite array of exquisite dishes, immaculate service and a killer view from the 87th floor of the SWFC.

The sophisticated cook-to-order menu gets you a free-flow of appetisers and main dishes along with the choice of one cold half lobster or seafood starter and one hot half lobster dish plus access to the buffet table. Considering that a whole Boston lobster á la carte goes for 580RMB at dinner, the brunch is excellent value. 

Dining Room 87th Floor, Park Hyatt, SWFC, 100 Century Avenue, near Dongtai Lu

Price 688RMB, includes free-flow Champagne; price plus 15 per cent
Time 11.30am-3pm, Sun
Booking Recommended

It's expensive, yes, but if you’re looking to brunch in style, it’s hard to beat VUE. It’s a special occasion brunch, and it feels like it. Of course, you get the spectacular views at the top of Hyatt on the Bund, but the price also includes free-flow Perrier Jouet Champagne, with wait staff ensuring that your glass is never even close to empty, and an unlimited choice from a wide range of food stations. There’s a dedicated Bloody Mary counter, chefs preparing made-to-order eggs and risottos, a salad bar, and a full Sunday roast area among the options dotted throughout the restaurant.

Vue 30th Floor, West Tower, 199 Huangpu Lu, near Dongdaming Lu.

Price 758RMB, includes free-flow Champagne. All prices plus 15 per cent
Time 11.30am-3pm, Sun
Booking Recommended

Access. That’s what you get at this classic five-star brunch which pulls out all the stops. Here, the unique concept is that diners can come right into the kitchen to select their hot dishes which are served to you straight from the stove; later you stride into the wine cellar to select your sumptuous desserts. There’s something beguiling about entering a restaurant’s kitchen, the hallowed space of professionals, and here it lends a special bit of drama to a superior brunch. At this price, expectations are high, but the exceptional touches here make it one of our very top special occasion brunches.

Jade on 36 36th Floor Grand Tower, Shangri La Pudong, 33 Fucheng Lu, near Minsheng Lu.

See our full write ups of each brunch in our list of Shanghai's best brunches