While brunches may be a dime a dozen in Shanghai, there’s nothing quite as charmingly refined as a weekend afternoon spent with Mr & Mrs Brunch. It’s a luscious affair of sophisticated indulgence, one that boasts all the richest delights of a quintessentially French meal – butter, foie gras, butter, truffles, butter, cream, and butter. We swoon.
A basket of flaky pastries is gone in a flash: dainty pain au chocolate and sweet brioche dotted with bits of lemony sugar crisp melt away on your tongue after a dip into Mr & Mrs B’s exclusive blend of Illy coffee. Poached eggs find themselves at their absolute best; creamy and perfect whether with dill, crème fraîche and black caviar; broken and mixed with Iberico ham, garlic rosemary fries and aioli; or even grilled (yes, a grilled poached egg, yolk in tact – it’s impressive).
Use crusty bread to wipe your plate clean of velvety tufts of béarnaise sauce spooned over salmon fillet with a rarely seen, picture-perfect lattice of grill marks across both the flesh and the skin. Delightful. The chicken vol-au-vent, a crunchy puff pastry crust filled with rich foie gras and mushroom fricassee, showcases the best of both form and flavour.
For dessert, pair bites of Mr & Mrs Bund’s unparalleled sugar-crusted French toast with spoonfuls of Orange & Orange tart, which, like the signature Lemon & Lemon, undergoes a three-day process to reach it’s fabulous chilled state. One more hot tip – we simply couldn’t get enough of the Thai jasmine iced tea with lemongrass and chilli syrup. Brunch for two with drinks: around 800-1000RMB.
By Elysia Bagley