Shanghai Family Brunch Review: Hakkasan

By Ned Kelly, 2019-07-01 17:53:05

Who says brunch with the kids can't be classy affair? Every weekend Hakkasan in Bund 18 convert one of their private dining rooms into a sofa area with soft floor, a screen showing cartoons and a big box full of toys, so little people have somewhere to escape boring adult conversation.

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And who says a classy affair can't be affordable? Chinese recipes with contemporary influences is the name of the Hakkasan game, and they have two weekend brunch menus with optional add-ons, the Yum Cha and the Weekend Classic, both priced RMB228 with selected tea; RMB338 with tea, a signature cocktail, a glass of Champagne or wine; and RMB798 for the aforementioned but free flow Champagne and wine.

We opted for the Weekend Classic, a multi course feast, and kicked things off with The Hakka from their signature cocktail list, a refreshing blend of Ketel One vodka, sake, lychee juice, lime, coconut and passionfruit, which set us up for the Dim Sum Platter. Three dumplings: har gau, crab spinach dumpling and the shu mai, which originated as a cheaply purchased teahouse breakfast food sometime in between the Ming and Qing dynasties, but Hakkasan have indulgently added scallop to, helping seal the juiciness inside.

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The Crispy Duck Salad with Pomelo, Pine Nut and Grapefruit was another standout from the openers. Next up, a delicious Double Boiled Superior Soup with Crab. There are four mains to choose from, and the delightfully sticky stir-fry Black Pepper Australian Angus Rib Eye and Spicy Prawn with Lily Bulb and Almond caught our eye. Stir-fry Wild Mushroom with Edamame and Jasmine Steamed Rice round off the savory section.

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Sated, we still saved a little room for desert. Egg Custard Nest with vanilla custard, caramelized pastry and a zesty orange Sichuan sorbet does battle with Coconut Semifreddo with lime curd and coconut sorbet to finish the meal with a flourish.

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Image by Edda Joyce Garcia/That's

We had wine which bumped up the bill slightly, but a family of three can enjoy all that for less than RMB500. And with impeccable service, stylish interiors and views over the Bund to Lujiazui, if you are looking for a truly classy experience, and all without breaking the bank, we could not recommend Hakkasan highly enough.

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