[Shanghai Girl Eats] Mr & Mrs Bund (Brunch)
Mr & Mrs Bund | mmbund.com | Dianping
Address: 6/F, Bund 18, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu near Nanjing Dong Lu / 中山东一路18号外滩十八号6楼(南京东路路)
Date visited: July 2015 for brunch
Price: RMB200-300 per person (+10% service charge)
Will return: Yes
What to get:
– Egg Benedicte
– Egg, caviar & dill
– Egg, mushrooms & duck confit
– Sesame lacquered pork ribs
– Le beau chicken vol-au-vent
– Real French toast
This review was written in collaboration with That’s Shanghai
After years of having dinner, Mr & Mrs Bund finally eat brunch. It is about time and totally worth putting your face on for. A much needed addition to the Shanghai brunch repertoire — this is the new brunch to top.
The brunch menu is a few pages less than the novel that is the dinner menu but comprehensive enough to require multiple visits. It features a flurry of dishes from variations of savory poached eggs to sweet pastries and French toast. Also on the brunch menu are existing favorites from dinner such as the foie gras light crumble, black cod “in the bag,” and the lemon & lemon tart.
Brunch prices are on the economic side compared to dinner. Essential brunch egg dishes start at RMB75 and fancier meat and fish dishes are between RMB100-180 — it gets pricey where dinner dishes start appearing although I don’t see too many people trying to eat M9 Wagyu ribeyes in the morning (but if you do, call me).
Viennoiseries baker’s basket (RMB75 serves 2 people) with 2 pains au chocolat, 2 croissants au beurre, 2 pains au lait
Some carbs to soak up anything regrettable consumed the night before. The chocolate pastry is my favorite.
Another feature that I like about this brunch is that it offers a selection of moderately priced 1-liter jugs of iced teas and fresh juices to mitigate the effects of last night’s decisions or cocktails such as mojito, Pimms cup, and Diabolo grenadine to keep it going. Priced at RMB150 per jug that serves 2-3 instigators.
And what is brunch without a Bloody Mary (RMB80) with Belvedere vodka, tomato juice, and tabasco?
Egg Benedicte (RMB75) poached egg on bun, prosciuto crudo, paris white ham, béarnaise sauce
I always judge a brunch by its Eggs Benny because I didn’t get dressed to eat regular eggs at a restaurant. A tad salty from the cured ham but actually kind of works. This is worth getting up for.
Egg, caviar & dill (RMB125) poached egg, caviar, creme fraiche, dill oil
Again, not one for ordinary eggs, this poached egg is served chilled with caviar. Indulge this.
Egg, mushrooms & duck confit (RMB75) poached egg, duck confit & mushrooms fricassée, garlic-parsley, herbs
Another great value poached egg dish with rich duck confit this time. Egg porn in the finest manner.
Sesame lacquered pork ribs (RMB180) with salted lime sesame dip, citrus, spices, fresh herbs
On the heavier side are sticky and tender pork ribs that pack in an Asian twist.
Le beau chicken vol-au-vent (RMB180) crunchy puff pastry, chicken & foie gras mushrooms fricassée
A vol-au-vent is a hollow pastry casing usually filled with something savory — chicken, foie gras, mushroom, and asparagus in this case. A puff pastry that is airy, thin, and crispy deserves attention and the pastry chef here definitely knows his French. The chicken cubes were slightly dry but can be fixed.
Real French toast (RMB80) caramelized french toast “pain perdu” with vanilla ice cream
The French toast to rule all French toasts in Shanghai. Light caramelized crunch on the outside and ultra eggy and soft inside.
Rhum & raisins vanilla milk rice (RMB80) panacotta vanilla rice milk, caramel rice crispies & raisin
The one dish that did not fly was the raisin rice pudding. I don’t like anything about this because I don’t like raisins or rice pudding to begin with but my British counterpart made me try anyway. Still don’t like it.