When I first heard that there was a Shanghai Tang Cafe, I knew I should look into it. But then when I heard they had a Sunday Brunch, I was more intrigued. Yet, when I found out that the all-you-can-eat brunch included drinks – Beer . . . I needed to get there!
Located near Xintiandi, right across the street, the Shanghai Tang Cafe is part of the Shanghai Tang fashion empire. There’s 4 or 5 of the eponymous boutique all over the city. Personally, with me liking the style and brand, the cafe was on my short list of places to try.
Once you walk in, you notice the bright color pillows and accents throughout the dining room. The dark hues of the traditional furniture contrast with the Shanghai Tang trademark colors, of orange, blue-green, and red.
For the Sunday Brunch, we were given a traditional menu to pick and choose the little dim sum plates – sort of like Chinese tapas. I think I picked almost 10 little dishes, before I realized there was only 2 of us. The menu featured Cantonese dishes with Shanghainese ones. Since Shanghai Tang originated from Hong Kong, I wasn’t too surprised by the dim sum offering. Some of the standouts was the fried dumplings – shen jian bao’s, fried shanghai rice cake, and the hot & sour soup. In this Sunday Brunch, the all-you-can-eat menu also includes drinks – such as beer.
I hope to return soon, since I didn’t get a chance to try everything. Since we were a bit pressed for time couple with the slow food, I was a bit disappoint – which was more my fault. Next time, I plan to go with a group of friends, to have beer, as well. Perhaps they might have a TV, so we can enjoy some sports or something as well.
Shanghai Tang Cafe
Level 2 & Level 3, 333 Huang Pi Nan Road, Shanghai, China
+86 21 6377 3333