Brunch is a weekend event in Shanghai we have come to love and hate at the same time.
What I love about brunch:
We have a fun group of friends we head out one Sunday a month to join at brunch. We have a brunch calendar so we get to try the many places around the city. It is an all day event. Brunches usually start at 11:00 or 11:30 going to around 2:30 or 3:00pm. Not only is it often all you can eat and the assortment of food HUGE, sometimes it is a buffet other times you just order whatever you want off the menu, as much as you like. Many we go to it is free flow champagne, drinks, etc. that means all you can drink. We sit and eat and drink for 4 hours. It doesn’t stop.
What I hate about brunch:
It is all day event, although the brunch itself is only 4 hours it is the after that makes it all day. Usually 1 of 3 scenarios take place after brunch.
After Brunch Scenario 1: The smartest one of them all. We go back home and take a nap for the rest of the afternoon. Wake up around 7pm feel like crap and swear off never to do that again. This is on a Sunday, I really think brunch should be moved to Saturday for then you would not have to go to work the next day and not feel like you wasted the whole day eating, drinking, and sleeping.
After Brunch Scenario 2: Not the smartest choice, the brunch after party. We obviously didn’t get enough to drink during free flow at the 4 hours of brunch, so we go to a pub. Really? How is this close to a good idea?
After Brunch Scenario 3: There have been times the food/drink comma has not set in yet that decide to go to the fabric market for a little tipsy retail therapy. I do recall talk about having super hero costumes made. I wanted a Wonder Woman costume I don’t know if I ever had it made, it may be still at the market waiting for me to pick it up.
After every brunch I swear off I am never going it again but here it is another Sunday and we are headed to brunch!
This time we are headed to the Westin, which I have heard is the mac daddy of all brunches in Shanghai. The scoop coming soon.