After such a majestic high-tea, I was expecting Waldorf Astoria’s sunday brunch to be grandiose.
The feast starts at the famous Long bar. Yes, because at The Waldorf, they are bigger-than-life and you do brunch in not only BUT two different venues.
The Long Bar open the gluttony with oysters, finger foods and – of course – Champagne. Once bored by too much oysters, we head to the main dining area to witness the food decadence.
As if the buffet was not enough, the Brunch set also gets you one starter, one main and one dessert. Champagne, juices and hot drinks all come along as well. I am a sucker for truffles so I decided to go for a fancy all-truffle set, with black truffle scramble eggs as a starter and truffle & mushrooms spaghettis for the main.
Already thinking how on earth I was going to be able to eat all this food, I tried to keep it reasonable with the buffet. EPIC FAIL but how can you resist? It would have been a real waste not to try a bit of everything; cheese, xiaolongbao, parma ham, veggies, pain au chocolat…
On top of this, my sweet tooth was beyond impressed by the mouth-watering desserts, all of them looking mighty good, which is, I think really uncommon for buffet style food. The Cherry on the cake were the Chocolate fountains (one with white and one with milk chocolate) in which you could dip fruits and marshmallows. A delight.
I think that the A La Carte dishes were not astonishing at all – fairly dull, in spite of the truffles. The desserts were also tasteless and my waffle was almost to dry to be eaten. But who needs A La Carte when you the buffet is as tasteful as it looks?
All in all, the Waldorf Brunch is a delight but the price (RMB 888 + service fees) directly takes you back on earth. Despite the oysters and the chocolate fountains, it will not outrank the Puli brunch in my heart – and in my belly- Yet, for those willing to empty their pockets, it is worth giving it a try.
The Long Bar Finger Food
A La Carte Omelet
Scrambled eggs & truffles
Pan seared foie gras
A la Carte Pancakes
A La Carte French toast
A La Carte Waffles
A Sweet tooth debauchery
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel
1, Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, near Guangdong road, Shanghai, China