This past Wednesday the hubs was off and we wanted to have a nice brunch. We called our friend Kin, who always has amazing suggestions for anything and everything. We told him we wanted a delicious, elegant brunch and of course he knew the perfect place. He recommended Shook! in the Swatch Art Peace Hotel.
It is a very elegant, modern and chic environment. As we walked in we saw the Chef and he kindly greeted us, then we were seated and the director of Food and Beverage greeted us as well. I can’t say enough, personal touches like this really add so much to the dining experience. From where we were seated, we could see across the river to the Pudong skyline. I wanted to take a picture but it was raining and it was difficult to see, please forgive my inexperienced photography from my iPhone.
We decided to go for the 3 course brunch with tea and coffee at the end. I strongly suggest Shook! for not only romantic brunch but I can totally see my friends NCMC coming here in a gigantic group (like we did in NYC) and having a fabulous meal together. They seriously need to visit, as do you.
The views of the skyline were beautiful but I also loved the open kitchen. I love hearing all the cooking, frying, seeing them hard at work reminds me of an orchestra. Every instrument plays it’s part to create beauty. It smelled glorious in the dining area and W and I had fun watching them cook.
W got the green papaya salad was super spicy with crisp, fresh papaya, cucumbers, dried and fresh shrimp and a few baby tomatoes. I couldn’t help but take a few bites from his plate as it was addictive and mouth-watering.
I had the Egg Benedict. It was the most adorable, delectable eggs Benedict I’ve had. I always seem to have a problem with Hollandaise sauce when ordering this dish. I had absolutely no problem here, it was light, flavorful and just the right consistency. The poached egg was perfect, the yolk inside was extra creamy and paired well with the parma ham.
W had the Phad Thai and he did enjoy it. The dish was inside of a bowl made of a thin fried egg that reminded me of the egg that goes in kim bap. I had a few bites but in all honesty, I really can’t tell the difference between this phad thai and ones I’ve had before. I don’t really know what makes a good, excellent and gourmet phad thai. It was delicious but I would recommend getting something else unless you simply love pad thai more than anything else in the whole world.
I had the pan-fried Sea Bass and when it arrived at my table, it had a bamboo steamer cover! I wonder if it was also steamed? The sea bass was perfectly cooked and I could taste slight sweetness from the palm sugar and it complimented the slightly spicy tomato sauce. I highly recommend this dish, the skin was crispy and the fragrance from the spices were heavenly.
W had the “Dessert of the day” which was a chocolate tarte with peanuts. The tarte shell was especially delicious, that’s another thing I am extremely picky about. No matter how delicious the filling is, if the tarte shell was made poorly, well… it just ruins it. This was excellent and I honestly thought I wouldn’t like the peanuts but it was actually really nice. It was really silky and the crunch from the peanuts and pastry shell was enough to make me smile! Not to mention the creme sauce that was so rich and was perfect for the tarte.
Brace yourselves. I got the chocolate sundae and there is no need to explain what goes in this. You should already know! It was the fanciest sundae I’ve had and the ice cream was delicious and not too rich (which I love) and the sauce… well, you know, homemade sauces are unbeatable. Delicious.
We’ll be coming back here for brunch for sure. I think we found our favorite brunch place (so far) in Shanghai. What are some of your favorite brunch places? (Shanghai or anywhere in the world really!) In NYC one of my favorite spots was Alice’s Tea Cup.