Champagne brunch at The Westin Shanghai


You aren’t really reading this are you? I mean I can talk nonsense here and you would continue to look at the photo. Well, more nonsense than usual anyway.

But in case you are reading this, we spent a pleasant afternoon at the Westin Shanghai going through what The Wine Review calls “World’s Greatest Brunch”.

That is the tale, the rest is detail.


It is a Champagne brunch and it is at this “open kitchen” concept restaurant called “The Stage” at the Westin Shanghai. The Champagne served is Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin which is more or less decent except that it wasn’t as cold as I’d like it to be and they, to our horror, pour the remains of one bottle into the next.

Perhaps, the Champagne brunch is not as classy as we’d thought.

Moving along, the spread is tremendous and I’ll just give you the highlights which include the Caviar section which served 3 different types of “Caviar” including, if I’m not mistaken, salmon roe. Service is somewhat slow at the Caviar station as the service staff tries to fit tiny portions of caviar onto small rounds of blinis (like this but much smaller).

The section not to miss is the grill and saute station where they serve really good Peking Duck, vegetables done to your order and a nice tenderloin steak done to your order. I like the Peking Duck as it was reasonably thin with some meat and lots of skin, way more delicious than the usual roast duck hanging around the buffet table.

Yes, it was a Champagne brunch

After a while I got bored with the Champagne and switched to their Calphrina which was excellent. Dessert wasn’t interesting but I enjoyed the spread of ice creams.

Of course, the other highlight of the brunch are the performances. In fact, we were there because we heard there was a talented “Face Changer” performing. Alas, he wasn’t on that day. There were acrobatic performances and dances which did well to keep the adults as well as the kids dazzled and occupied while some of us hunted and pecked at the buffet spread.


I rather like the decor of The Stage. It’s bright, airy and there’s a certain cheeriness in the harlequin uniforms of the service staff who, by the way, speak good English.

The seating, at least on the performance floor, is couch-based which may make it difficult to eat but it’s spacious so that you can enjoy the performance unobstructed and walk around to stretch your legs.


The Sunday Brunch at the Westin Shanghai may be called the “World’s Greatest Brunch” by The Wine Review, but one has to wonder which review is it. However, despite the Champagne, the food was decent and, because of the size of the kitchens and stations, I didn’t have to contend with pushy people.

All-in-all, a very pleasant way to enjoy a Sunday. Before heading out for shopping…

The Westin Shanghai is at Bund Center, 88 Henan Zhonglu, Huangpu, Shanghai, 200002, Tel: 021/6335-1888; 888/625-5144. Reservations way in advance are a must.


Posted on 21st Dec 2009 in Asian, Fun, Western


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Sihan commented on December 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm

the last picture reminds me of the results of a massive car crash, almost like a mangled mess. The dining area sure looks mighty fine though. spacious and airy.


ivan commented on December 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

@Sihan: Some call it art. 😛


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