The end of August is my birthday. Not a major number for a party, but another year is always a good excuse to have a bit of a celebration! As the Sunday Brunch scene is so popular and so good in Shanghai, we booked a table at the number 1 rated spot – the Westin. Not only was the food excellent, but the entertainment made this a real experience.
Brunch is set up in the main lobby level. We had an excellent table with a great view of the balcony where an orchestra serenaded us before a couple of opera singers joined them. After this musical delight, there were some Chinese drummers, followed by an acrobatic/gymnastic display and then a tango dance performance. All throughout lunch, a Clown wandered around the tables making balloon animals.
We didn’t find out until half way through our Brunch that the Westin offers a Kids Club. We checked it out after our Brunch and it looked like fun if you wanted to drop your kids off for more of an adult experience (especially good if there is a large group). This clown was visiting all the tables with kids and making balloon sculptures. Isabelle got a heart with a teddy bear and Oliver got a sword. Even Owen got into the action:
There are food stations galore – lobster, crab, steak, salad, caviar, oysters, pasta, carvery meats, sushi. The cuisine is from all around the world and is all delicious. It all comes with free flowing Veuve Clicquot Champagne. The cocktail options are also very varied – I particularly liked the Bloody Mary bar – pour your own vodka and then mix with whatever you fancy! I stuck with the Champagne – it was my birthday! The dessert options are out of this world with a chocolate lovers paradise, crepe station, many unusual flavoured ice cream, sorbet and gelato, plus the chef’s creations of the day.
Our reservation was for 12 noon and we did not leave until after 3.00pm. The kids were not bored and I thoroughly enjoyed my birthday treat. We will definitely be back here again!