VUE Restaurant is one of Shanghai's top Sunday brunch options due to a sophisticated take on all-you-can-eat indulgence. If live cooking stations, fresh seafood, and decadent desserts weren't impressive enough, bottomless Perrier Jouёt Champagne adds a bubbly dash of class to the entire experience.
Recently chef Sebastian Kellerhoff has revamped the VUE Restaurant brunch experience. We spoke with the German chef about the additions on our last visit, and he explained that his goal was "matching customer expectations for healthier options." Shanghai's savvy diners have made it clear that they want lighter, fresher options, and Kellerhoff is heeding the call with a focus on seasonality. Also, all of the fish that you see on the buffet is sustainably sourced.
The changes are evident when you hit up the cold appetizer station where chefs are preparing Caesar salad, steak tartare and salmon tartare to order. While you wait, feel free to load up on other nutritious options such as baba ganoush, hummus and seasonal salads.
Next, we suggest taking your pick of seafood including live-shucked Seattle oysters, plump Dalian prawns, Norweigian salmon or Boston lobsters. Cold cuts and a cheese platter are pretty tempting, but we kept it light by wrapping shaved Joselito ham around sweet slices of melon.
While a lot has been added, beloved signatures are still on offer. You won't want to resist an indulgent lobster bisque with enriched with warm cream and a touch of Hennessey Cognac.
Another incredible seafood option, flambe tiger prawns are prepared à la minute with a dash of Pernod.
For beef lovers, the signature ‘aux sarment’ is another most-try. Grilling meat on dried vine shoots is a century-old preparation from the southwest of France. Imbued with an unmistakable smokiness, a dash of freshly chopped shallots and some sea salt is more than enough seasoning. We highly recommend the Yunnan mushrooms as a side dish.
Desserts have been moved just next to the entrance, allowing for more cooking stations. One of the most exciting is the rum baba station, because who doesn't love watching your dessert be set on fire?
Brunch is available every Sunday from 11.30am-3pm for RMB788 (including free-flow Perrier Jouёt Champagne, wine, beer, fresh juice, coffee and tea) per person (plus 15% service charge).
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