From eggs benedict to omelets, Time Out pick the best spots to have an egg-cellent breakfast in Shanghai, including Amokka's masala omelette, Little Huia's eggs benedict, Cafelito's Spanish tortillas and more
Breakfast offerings range from a salmon and cream cheese bagel (58RMB) to a spicy egg burrito (65RMB) at casually stylish Anfu Lu mainstay Amokka. Breakfast items are available from 7.30-11am on weekdays and while prices are high, portions are generous.
The masala omelette (72RMB) is our pick, with a mass of spiced eggs wrapped around bean sprouts and shredded chicken and topped with fresh coriander. To drink, Amokka’s fresh, velvety smoothies make for a tasty morning pick-me-up. Combine papaya, carrot and mango (40RMB) for a bright orange boost of Vitamin C.
Amokka is at 201 Anfu Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu.
The charming warmth of Spanish-inflected Cafelito is reason enough to pop by in the morning, but their breakfast fare is just as much of a highlight. For a filling power breakfast, opt for the tortilla (20RMB), a thick, Spanish-style omelette stuffed with sliced potato. For an additional 15RMB, it’s served on a toasted roll. Doughy and chewy, the sandwich makes for proper morning fuel. Skip the sometimes-watery latte (22RMB) in favour of an espresso for a good caffeine hit.
Their breakfast deal, available until 11.30am, is also worthy of note. For 35RMB you get a pastry and fresh juice or coffee (or 45RMB for both beverages). Caffeinated options range from a mocha (24RMB) to a macchiato (17RMB), while pastries include a croissant and a ‘choco roll’ (both 15RMB).
Cafelito is at 406 Jianguo Lu, near Zunyi Lu
Organic greengrocer-cum-deli-cum-café-cum restaurant Green and Safe continues to draw the maddening crowds by delivering on its oddly literal name. One of the highlights of their breakfast menu – which runs from 7.30-10.30am – is the ‘American’: two sunny-side up eggs, bread and bacon (which you can swap out for sausage). Green and Safe’s USP is fresh, organic produce and that’s exactly what you receive – everything tastes straight from the farm. The eggs are a little runny – if you prefer your eggs a little firmer then we suggest you specify this when you order. An Americano coffee or fresh juice (the daily was apple, orange and carrot on our most recent visit) comes included, although be warned that – oddly – you have to pay extra for butter.
Fresh, top-quality ingredients define breakfast at Little Huia, the Dagu Lu restaurant specialising in New Zealand fare. On the menu are granola with yoghurt, fruit and honey (55RMB), pancakes with blueberry sauce (50RMB) and a variety of combo platters, including a ‘big breakfast’ (75RMB) with free-range eggs, New Zealand lamb sausage, beef sausage, hash browns, bacon, button mushrooms, basil-roasted tomatoes and toast.
The traditional eggs benedict (50RMB) is the thing to go for though, combining soft, fluffy, free-range poached eggs and wilted spinach, plus extra protein from either bacon or salmon. Served atop a toasted bun, the hot, salty mixture is smothered in rich hollandaise for a well-balanced marriage of flavours.
Western breakfast staples are available all day at casual Fumin Lu eatery Meet & Talk. Platters include eggs-in-the-hole (58RMB), waffles (52RMB) and French toast (52RMB). The well-executed eggs Florentine (52RMB) is served with tender spinach and sliced mushrooms atop multi-grain toast, all covered in a lip-smacking hollandaise (52RMB). To wash it all down, options include smoothies, teas and coffee drinks such as a ‘crispy caramel latte’ (38RMB), which features liquid as sweet as a milkshake beneath a surface of deliciously scalded sugar.