Reservation for 70 – Sunday Brunch at Intercontinental, Shanghai

Our Ex-pat Community, The Emerald, is a fun, close-knit environment of Westerners in Shanghai.  Newcomers are welcomed with open arms and everyone is so friendly – a real community setting.  This atmosphere and attitude has greatly helped Owen and I to settle in to life in China.

There are several members of our community celebrating their birthday in early September so one of our neighbours had sent an invite for Sunday brunch to join them in this occasion.  We had Driver Fu take Matthew, Emma, Ava, Ethan and us to the hotel Intercontinental for a 12 noon reservation.  When we arrived and said the name of the person organizing this get together, the response was “Ah yes, reservation for 70”!!!!!

Matthew, Emma, Sara, Owen (and Oliver who sneaked in).  Isabelle took the photo!

Matthew, Emma, Sara, Owen (and Oliver who sneaked into the photo). Isabelle took the photo!

What a terrific gathering of people.  All the children were spread across 3 tables, while the adults all grouped in tables of 6 -10.  The Intercontinental Hotel also has a fabulous kids club, so after the kids had eaten they all disappeared to a separate room for arts and crafts activities, bouncy slides and reading – all supervised so the adults could really relax!

Wow – what another lovely selection of food!  This was definitely the best selection of desserts and I especially loved the eclairs – passion fruit, raspberry and chocolate flavours.  Owen liked the passion fruit tart the best.  They also had some delightful chocolate lollies, which I had to try many times to ensure that they were all just as good as the first!  

Owen really liked the Thai selection – he enjoyed some spicy crab, black pepper beef and chili chicken.  I loved the Indian dishes – butter chicken and lamb rogan rosh were excellent (they have a real Indian chef which explains the quality of these!)  There was a wonderful selection of sushi, seafood, salad, pasta station and crispy duck pancakes.

The Thai Selection

The Thai Selection

The Indian Selection

The Indian Selection

Crispy Duck Pancakes!

Crispy Duck Pancakes!

The Seafood Selection

The Seafood Selection

Pasta - anyway you want it......

Salad and Shooters

Salad and Shooters

Sushi and Tempura

Sushi and Tempura

These chocolate lollipops are filled with little explosions of heaven

These chocolate lollipops are filled with little explosions of heaven

Chocolate Fountain

This was the kids favourite – chocolate fountain (marshmallows and fruit to dip), plus sweetie jars! This area got multiple visits from all the kids…..

Wonderful flavours in these eclairs :-)

Wonderful flavours in these eclairs 🙂

Passion fruit tarts - Owen's favourite

Passion fruit tarts (bottomm right) – Owen’s favourite.

It was funny to watch the older kids with their heads down into their video games/cellphones etc.  All the little kids were busy in the Kids Club making felt slippers, notebooks, reading books or playing group games with the supervisors.

"Don't interrupt our games!"

“Don’t interrupt our games!”

"Ok, we'll smile for a picture......"

“Ok, we’ll smile for a picture……”

Jenny, Sara, Owen, Matthew, Emma & John

Jenny, Sara, Owen, Matthew, Emma & John

Oliver's favourite - the marshmallow covered in chocolate

Oliver’s favourite – the marshmallow covered in chocolate

Isabelle loved the fruit juice shooters

Isabelle loved the fruit juice shooters

Lovely neighbors!

Lovely neighbors!

More lovely neighbors...

More lovely neighbors…

Even more lovely neighbors

Even more lovely neighbors

And, even MORE lovely neighbors.....

And, even MORE lovely neighbors…..

We had a complete section of the restaurant for our group

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