Take in all the energy and nutrition you need at these breakfast spots in Shanghai, including Henkes, Wagas and Win House
Henkes fits that beautiful mix of understated cool that the Mr Willis brand has perfected in Shanghai. Even their breakfast menu plays its part, with only four items on the list being served from 10-11am on weekdays. While the hours might be slightly prohibitive, the serene vibe in this bright spot in the Reel mall, plus the quality of the food on offer, make it worth getting into work late.
The menu includes two different takes on the omelette – the first with smoked salmon, ricotta, lemon and rocket (95RMB), and the second with leg ham and Parmesan cheese (68RMB). There’s also the option of fresh fruit (35RMB) but it’s the porridge (48RMB) that really hits the mark. Unrecognisable in taste from the mush we used to be served on school camp, the steaming bowl of oats, accompanied by a brown sugar and almond powder and a ginger poached pear is soul-warming and delicious.
Henkes is at 1E, First Floor, Reel Shanghai, 1601 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu
Getting to Wagas in time for their breakfast deal is key. If you arrive before 11am on weekdays you can get a half price toasted sandwich (25RMB), a cheap and filling start to the day. Tempting as this is, if you’re after something a little lighter in calories, the menu has a large array of hot drinks and smoothies. Try the Detox Day juice (36-40RMB) for a refreshing hit of cucumber, bitter melon, celery and apple that will ensure you’re wide awake by the time you reach the office. And if you really need it, sneak a takeaway carrot and zucchini muffin (18RMB) for a healthy mid-morning snack at your desk.
Wagas has multiple locations in the city
This airy sixth floor restaurant manages to pull-off mall dining well, with contemporary decor, a relaxed atmosphere and a decent American-style menu that means it’s a relatively pleasant morning spot. Their breakfast menu includes omelettes with a variety of fillings, including fried chicken (65RMB), smoked salmon (80RMB) and cheese and bacon (55RMB), and three variations of Eggs Benedict (from 50RMB). Our pick though is their ‘Wonderful! Daily Oatmeal’ (55RMB). Served in an on-trend glass jar, the offering consists of layers of fruit (including blueberries, kiwi fruit and dragon fruit), oats, yoghurt, chia seeds, chocolate crumbs and slivered almonds. Thanks to the nuts and the chia seeds, it’s quite a filling breakfast. Add a bottomless coffee or tea to your breakfast for an additional 10RMB and even your Monday mornings won’t look so bad any more.
Win House is at Sixth Floor, Crystal Galleria, 68 Yuyuan Lu, near Changde Lu