[Shanghai Girl Eats] Highline (Brunch)
Highline | Dianping
Address: 6/F, The Ascott, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu near Songshan Lu / 淮海中路282号雅诗阁公寓6楼近嵩山路
Date visited: 2017.03 for brunch
Price: RMB200-300 per person
Will return: Yes
What to get:
– Spicy tuna & avocado toast
– Taking care of biscuits
– Chicken & waffles
– 8 hr smoked brisket sandwich
– Sticky toffee buns
– Grandma’s lemon chiffon cake
Chef duo Anna Bautista and Sean Jorgensen have rolled out weekend brunch at Highline and it is a coma-inducing experience. The brunch menu is a combination of Southern comfort mixed with LA fad — deeply indulgent food deceptively disguised as pretty food. Consider wearing yoga pants to this brunch.
Please note: weekend brunch is different from daily breakfast for Ascott serviced apartment residents, which is your typical eggs and bacon affair. Also see dinner post here.
Mimosa (Perrier Jouet NV Grand Bruit RMB1,088/bottle; Jeio, Desiderio Brut Prosecco RMB428/bottle)
Recommend: why not
Make your own mimosas to the champagne-to-orange ratio of your desire.
Acai bowl (RMB98) with banana, chia, toasted almonds, house made granola, berries
This was my first time trying an acai bowl and I didn’t like it because it was too cold. The base of an acai bowl is a smoothie made from blending frozen acai pulp and fruits together — way too cold for Asians (like me) who drink hot water. The toppings, especially the granola, are awesome together so I would rather see these in a yogurt bowl.
Spicy tuna & avocado toast (RMB128) with fried shallots, 6 min egg, wakame, grilled spring onion
Avocado toast and poke are two things that are trending among young, basic females these day. Now we can have both in one dish. It is delicious.
Taking care of biscuits (RMB98) with smoked pork jowl, braised greens, biscuits, hollandaise
The description of this dish has Chef Sean Jorgensen’s Southern comfort written all over it so naturally we had to get it. Irresistibly fatty pork cheek, braised greens (kale and bok choy instead of traditional collard greens) with poached egg and hollandaise on top of crispy biscuit.
French toast sticks (RMB68) with cornflake, coffee creme anglaise
I have not seen French toast sticks since middle school cafeteria days but I can assure you these are much better with soft fluffy batter coated with crunchy cornflakes. I prefer these drenched in the coffee creme anglaise.
Chicken & waffles (RMB148) with cajun spice, maple bacon butter
“This dish is non-negotiable.” – famous last words by anyone before eating this and passing out.
8 hr smoked brisket sandwich (RMB108) with Angus M7 brisket, toasted baguette, dijonnaise
The fattiest layers of brisket stacked in a toasted baguette. More dijonnaise please. Comes with salad or fries (+RMB10 to upgrade to sweet potato fries).
Apple fritter (RMB58) with blueberry glaze
At first bite, this seems a bit plain like sugared fried dough but it gets gets better as you work your way into the center where there is apple and more sugar. Reminds me of a funnel cake with an apple pie center.
Sticky toffee buns (RMB68) with pecans, dates, orange cream cheese
This is like a Cinnabon — giant, sticky, and fattening. The orange cream cheese elevates it by another thousand calories.
Grandma’s lemon chiffon cake (RMB68) with lemon curd, coconut frosting
Always the best closer of the meal for me.