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Westin, Renaissance serve up tasty delights

THE Westin Bund Center and Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai serve up two of the city's best Sunday brunches and plenty of handmade desserts, chocolates and delicious snacks.

Awarded Best Hotel Sunday Brunch, Best Hotel Buffet and Best Business Hotel in Puxi by two magazines in Shanghai, The Westin Bund Center Shanghai is only a 5-minute walk from the Huangpu River waterfront.

The Westin even takes care of children, having launched a kids corner that includes a candy bar and snack bar during Sunday brunch.

"As a chef, I would like to cooperate with our lovely staff members and bring all Westin customers healthy food with the best service," said Peter Michael Rainer, the Westin's pastry chef.

Rainer was born in Innsbruck, Austria, and spent more than three years working at the Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center as executive pastry chef.

Rainer highly recommends the Dark Valrhona Chocolate Cake with Green Tea Cr'me Brulee.

Sunday Brunch is arguably the Westin's claim to fame in the city with food and beverages spread out over two floors. It truly takes the brunch to another level.

The selections include fresh seafood, hand-made Italian pastas, Chinese dumplings, tender beef carpaccio and freshly prepared crepe suzette.

For those looking for something to drink, the brunch doesn't disappoint offering everything from Veuve Clicquot champagne to Van Gogh vodka and a free flow of fine wines.

Meanwhile, Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai is a great choice for food lovers with its five restaurants and two lounges.

Executive chef Eduardo Frausto strongly recommends two dishes at Renaissance Yangtze - the Avocado BLT Sandwich and London Calling, which is the hotel's version of the old British favorite fish and chips.

Using fresh avocado, fresh tomato slices and lettuce, the chef toasts the bread. He then adds mayonnaise and adds layers of bacon and vegetables. The avocado BLT is served with a side of French fries.

For London Calling, the chef makes the batter out of flour, cornmeal and salt.

"It is quite a challenge to make traditional food, like fish and chips," Frausto said.

He said they heat oil in the deep fryer before dipping the fish in batter, allowing the excess to drip off. Fry in batches until it goes golden brown (about 5 to 8 minutes). Drain the fish pieces on a paper towel and keep warm in the oven until all are cooked. It is served with a side of French fries and lemon wedges.

Frausto is from Mexico and has more than 10 years of experience, including stops in France, Jordan, the United States, Qatar and, of course, Mexico.

He has worked at La Poularde, a two-star Michelin restaurant, catered for dignitaries of the Qatari Royal family and managed JW's Steak House in the Marriott Doha, Qatar. Prior to working at Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai, Frausto was the junior executive chef at Marriott Hotel, Doha, Qatar.

Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai is in the heart of Hongqiao area, just a short trip from top exhibition centers and close to major national and international corporations.

Renaissance Yangtze offers 22 stylish function rooms for meetings and conferences, with an impressive array of first-class facilities and inventive catering solutions.

The hotel's great location provides an easy access to Hongqiao Airport.

Renowned for excellent service, the hotel goes out of its way to make guests feel as if they are at home while they are away from home.


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