By Celia Rayfiel
Father's Day is fast approaching and if you're still thinking about where to dine on the weekend of the June 17, Shanghai's restaurants have got you covered. With plenty of special offers to make the day even more memorable, there's a wide range of options to help you celebrate. Now's the time to show dad some appreciation, so make a reservation and enjoy! And if you're looking for a Father's Day gift, check out our gift guide.
Celebrating Father’s Day in style, Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai's three kitchens are offering festive fares for dads to pick and choose. Kitchen Studios will host an intimate and indulgent brunch with a large selection of seafood and complimentary bottle of red wine, at RMB388 per person. There will also be an artist sketching families to capture this moment of celebration. If you are in the mood for Japanese cuisine, 88 Sushi Bento Bar is offering a seven-course meal at RMB198 per person which includes special sashimi, steamed egg custard and green tea ice cream with red bean. Alternatively, Xuan Bar is presenting a hearty French Father’s Day feast with French onion soup, stewed beef cheek, truffle risotto and a chocolate tart and strawberry pomelo to finish. At RMB198 per person, this is a delicious Father’s Day option.
June 17, Brunch at Kitchen Studios 11am-3pm, RMB388 per person; Dinner at 88 Sushi Bento Bar 5.30-10pm, RMB198; Dinner at Xuan Bar 5.30-10pm, RMB198. All prices subject to 15 percent surcharge. Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai.
If you think The Balfour’s beautiful terrace and fabulous Southeast Asian dishes are enough reasons to book a table, then the two-for-one artisanal beer deal (RMB50) every Friday and Saturday from 5pm certainly makes it all the more appealing. What’s more, you can pair a three-tier tasting menu (RMB120) with a breathtaking view of the Lujiazui skyline, while the kids play on the lawn.
June 17, Tasting menu RMB120. All prices subject to 16.6 surcharge. The Balfour.
With a wide selection of craft beers from around the globe, The Bull & Claw is a perfect spot for a laid-back meal in its backyard garden. Outdoor seating allows the family to comfortably spread out and get messy munching on surf and turf. The space also gives the kids plenty of room to play, while you’re enjoying the extensive drinks menu.
Ascend the iAMP Mall and celebrate dad on its scenic rooftop. The CUT Rooftop has prepared dads a nourishing brunch set, including a selection of roasts like rump steak, chicken and lamb. Dads will also receive complimentary free-flow of a new cocktail aptly named "Young Fashioned", which is a Lapsang Suchong infused whisky drink. As for the whole family, a two-hour free-flow of booze (additional RMB158) and fresh juices (additional RMB98) is in place to ensure no one is left out.
June 16-17, Brunch midday-5pm. RMB148 per person. The CUT Rooftop.
With an ever-changing menu and top-notch flavors, Cuivre is a go-to for families craving authentic French cuisines. Michael Wendling’s generous portion sizes and cozy dining room allows for plenty of food options that the kids will enjoy, as well as a great wine selection for adults. You can do dinner or opt for the more affordable brunch set instead.
For a dinner to treat dad, look no farther than Henkes and Mr. Willis. These homey bistros will be serving indulgent dinners at RMB1,388 per person. Think oysters, lobster with truffles, Australian Angus sirloin, avocado salad, and mashed truffle potatoes. The laid-back atmosphere will keep the kids feeling cozy, and the simple but tasty dishes will keep parents happy.
Kerry Hotel's three kitchens are ready to host family-style feasts this Father's Day. Brunch at The Cook (RMB288 per adult and RMB148 per child) is always an exciting experience with the emphasis on organic and sustainable food, and its free-flowing craft beer for all dads makes it an ideal Father’s Day venue. If you prefer to keep the kids entertained while savoring a perfectly-cooked steak, look no further than The MEAT. At RMB488 per adult and RMB228 per child, this classic steakhouse gives children the opportunity to paint a T-shirt for their dad during this delectable brunch session. The BREW, with its wide selection of craft beers, offers a cozy, relaxing brunch with a delicious free flow of beers for all dads, as well as a simple menu that will please the kids.
June 17, Brunch at The COOK 11.30am-2.30pm, RMB288 (adult), RMB148 (children ages 4-12); Brunch at The MEAT 11.30am-3pm, RMB488 (adult), RMB228 (children ages 4-12); Brunch at The BREW 11:30am-3pm, RMB198 (adult), RMB98 (children ages 4-12). All prices subject to 16 percent surcharge. Kerry Hotel Pudong.
With a Father’s Day brunch deal at RMB288 per person, Pelikan, a lively Scandinavian restaurant with beautifully crafted small plates, is an excellent option for families. Tropical wallpaper and well-worn leather couches create a casual atmosphere at this restaurant, where unique dishes like crispy pig skin and the house special strong gin and tonics which will keep the children, and the parents entertained.
June 17, Brunch 11am-3pm, RMB288. Pelikan.
Set against the gorgeous Huangpu River overlooking the dramatic Lujiazui skyline, Puben is a great choice for the whole family to come together and celebrate dad. Its 'Flavors of China' brunch allows the old and young to explore the culinary richness from every corner of the country. Not to mention dads get to sip on complimentary Pu'er tea cocktails.
June 17, Brunch 11.30am-2.30pm, RMB250; children ages 8 and below eat free. Puben by Jereme Leung.
From July 15 to 17, Shanghai Slims will be offering easygoing dinner sets for two, including creamy mushroom soup, arugula and ham salad, steak, lobster and cheesecake. The meal will be complemented by a bottle of California red wine plus coffee for two. If you decide to bring the kids along, they can enjoy something from the restaurant's a la carte menu.
July 15-17, Dinner 5.30-10pm, RMB988 for two. Shanghai Slims.
Wondering where to find the perfect Father's Day gift this year? Check out our guide here.
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