Brunching @ Jean-Georges
What: An exquisite brunch setting and all round fine dining experience
Where: Three On The Bund. 4/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu. Tel: 6321 7733. Web: www.threeonthebund.com
Why: For the unparalleled, lavish brunch menu
Combining two of our favourite things on one menu, brunch foods and Jean-Georges’ signature egg caviar, weekends at this restaurant are made for good friends, good food and good times.
The elaborate brunch menu has all of the key ingredients one could possibly imagine when it comes to an indulgent meal. First and foremost, Jean-Georges’ iconic egg caviar, which was created at the flagship New York restaurant, is sublime with its buttery scrambled egg centre, served in the shell and topped with vodka-spiked cream and exquisite caviar.
In terms of eggs, which are of supreme importance for any brunch worth its salt, the lobster egg benedict, with generous shavings of earthy black truffle, was second to none in the city and came jiggling to our table, ready to be torn into.
If you can handle another savoury dish, before giving into the temptation of the divine pastries, the smoked salmon and avocado toast on black bread was a winner, with the textured bread supporting the soft avocado and herbed salmon.
Rich and hearty ricotta beignets, sugared and oozing with cherry jam on every bite, rounded out the meal flawlessly, along with the fluffy French toast accompanied by tart, syruped peaches. Naturally, the croissants and pain au chocolat were also a thing of beauty at this famed French restaurant.
Thanks to the extensive renovation in late 2015, the restaurant re-emerged with a sleek bar and lounge area, which lends itself seamlessly to after-brunch cocktails. Guests can relax in the light and airy lounge, whilst sipping on a rich cherry-yuzu old fashioned (RMB 128) or a refreshing cucumber martini (RMB 118), crafted by head bartender, Sean Pan, behind the elegant French bar. The cocktail list combines classic cocktails with creative twists, along with tried and tested favourites, and they are the perfect ending to an exuberant brunch.
Jean-Georges brunch sets are priced at RMB 298, or RMB 498 for a luxury set (with the signature egg caviar), and are served every weekend between 11:30am and 3pm.