This event has now passed.Don’t scoff, IKEA’s Xujjiahui cafeteria is a great cheap brunch option. It boasts perhaps the best deal we discovered after trying dozens of brunches: their 10RMB mango juice.This generous serving is deliciously thick, sweet and some of the best fresh juice we’ve had at any price (they also have papaya and watermelon). What isn’t a surprise is that the IKEA cafeteria has some duds, like stony cinnamon buns, tough-as-rope sausages and 5RMB bottomless coffee which tastes like it was pressed from aspirin tablets.
However, IKEA is also home to many tasty steals including a salmon platter with dill dressing and a lemon wedge (19.5RMB) which we like to pair with the organic mushroom and cheese stuffed crepes (14.5RMB). Other good brunch-y dishes are the shrimp and mayo salad (15RMB) with crisp lettuce, cucumber and cherry tomato and the thin but tender steak (32.50RMB) with a choice of sides. The tables and chairs are utilitarian but the wall of windows and high ceilings create a light-filled and surprisingly pleasant brunch spot.