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Bingeing on 'funday' brunches

Shanghai's five-star hotels have long been a popular destination for Sunday brunch and offer great value for money.

Some of the best weekend deals can be found in Pudong at the Shangri-La and at the Westin, and The Longemont in Puxi.

The Longemont Shanghai has one of Shanghai's most extensive range of brunch offerings across two of its dining outlets.

Held on the second floor of the hotel on Yan'an Road W. in Changning District, the buffet offers a full range of international dining options from its Amici Italian and O2on2 restaurants.

Diners have dishes from five open kitchens to choose from.

One of the highlights of the brunch is the open char grill that cooks a range of seafood and meats to a guest's individual requirements.

From green lobster tails to fillets of salmon cut into steaks, the char grill is a great showcase of the Longemont's fresh premium seafood.

Also on offer are different cuts of high-grade imported beef and Australian racks of lamb.

Other selections include sashimi, black caviar and salmon roe, Hong Kong-style barbecued duck and chicken, an Asian noodle station, stone-fired pizzas and a range of dim sums.

At just 268 yuan (US$40) with free flow soft drinks and fresh juices and 468 yuan with free flow Moet Chandon, this brunch is one of the best values in town.

Children between the ages of six and 12 can also eat for 128 yuan, with children under six eating for free.

Across the Huangpu River in Pudong, the Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai offers a range of options across a number of its food and venues.

Its Yi Cafe offers a theatrical food journey, with 10 open kitchens featuring intercontinental cuisines.

The kitchens showcase Middle Eastern, Indian, Southeast Asian, Japanese sushi and sashimi, and Western cuisines.

As well as a noodle bar, for lovers of Chinese food there is a wide array of dim sums, soups and of course Peking duck and suckling pig.

For those with a sweet tooth there are fresh crepes and traditional Italian gelatos, a wide selection of fresh fruit and a chocolate fondue fountain.

Weekend brunches start from 298 yuan and brunch runs from 11am to 3pm. Yi Cafe also has a play area for children.

The Shangri-La's premium Japanese restaurant, Nadamen, offers a weekend sake brunch that showcases the delicate presentation and precision preparation of Japanese cuisine.

Featuring unlimited portions of fresh handmade sushi, crispy tempura and sizzling teppanyaki, this wide selection of Japanese culinary specialties is accompanied with endless pours of sake and draft beer.

The weekend brunch costs 338 yuan and runs from 11:30pm to 2:15pm.

The artistry of top-end French cuisine can be experienced at the Shangri-La's iconic Jade on 36 restaurant.

The Jade on Sunday concept gives diners the option to order from the restaurant's distinctive menu or chose from the selection in the open kitchen and smorgasbord.

Enticing offerings include home-style hotpot selections, roast carvings, a French cheese selections trolley and classic French desserts.

The finest of modern French cooking can all be enjoyed while taking in the spectacular views of Shanghai's newly restored historic Bund.

The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai's Sunday brunch has become an institution and is arguably one of the most popular in town.

Over two floors, the Westin's brunch area has one of the biggest selections on offer, with foie gras, juicy seafood, handmade Italian pasta and a large range of Chinese dumplings.

Also on offer are freshly prepared crepe suzettes, teppanyaki and premium beef carpaccio.

All this can be washed down with fine Veuve Clicquot champagne, ice chilled Van Gogh vodka and free flow wines from the New and Old World.

Located over the Heavenlies Lounge and The Stage restaurant on the ground floor and the Prego Italian Restaurant on the second floor, the Westin's brunch area also has some of the best entertainment on offer.

From awe-inspiring acrobats to tango dancers and magicians, the Westin's brunch has a carnival atmosphere.

For lovers of classical music there is also a 12-piece string orchestra with soprano and alto performing well-known arias and musicals.

The Westin's Sunday FunDay Brunch is held every Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and costs 498 yuan. Children between the ages of four and 12 dine for 230 yuan. Prices do not include a 15 percent surcharge.

There is a Kid's Corner with on-site nanny, games and food available.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended.


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