It’s a bit sad about Egg, because apparently they used to have a really good vegan bowl on the menu. They’ve rehashed it now, so it’s hard to order anything without their eponymous ji dan as a feature. You can get the avo toast without parmesan, and it’s pretty good, but it still feels like a lazy vegan option.
They are really good at eggs, though. We tried them in a dense and flaky shaobing with homemade sour plum ketchup, cheese and an undetectable (but advertised) tofu scallion mayo. We had one in a muffin with a slow-braised pork chop. Presumably, there was an eggy presence in the divine milk cereal and white chocolate cookie I ordered. You can even get a Vietnamese-style egg coffee, if the mood takes you, and order anything (possibly even the coffee) with an extra egg on top, cooked any way you flipping like, for 8rmb.
Honestly, there are some egg-free options. The avocado toast (minty!) isn’t egg-topped, and neither are the slow-braised “cloud beans” (hearty!). The coconut iced coffee doesn’t contain egg either, in case you were wondering. In total, for six people, we paid 490rmb – not-at-all-bad pricing for a not-at-all-bad brunch.
Egg is a bright but cozy neighbourhood brunch spot with a mix of classic and more interesting menu options. Prices are on point, and waiting times are fairly average. It’s worth a visit just for the cookies, but you should probably try at least one egg dish too.
Cozy, small and charming. Egg on Xianyang road, is one of those brunch gems in Shanghai you can’t miss. A more than average brunch menu with a variety of homemade food and beverage choices.
The menu is small but precise. What I mean with this is that every dish in the menu is perfectly achieved and the ingredients carefully combinated. Toasts, sweets and traditional Chinese cuisine dishes like shaobing or panckackes that team up with bean jam, in a modern and western twist.
They serve homemade sodas and a coffee variety you won’t easily find around, like peppermint latte for example.
Had brunch with my partner in crime. First round, we shared a a bacon sandwich, which was unbelievable tasty: crispy bacon, house cured pork belly, spiced mayo and a sort of cucumber sauce that was delicious in an English muffin. It was so good that I order one more for the second round. Then of course the avocado toast that, in my opinion, is the best one in town, with peas, cucumber and Parmesan in a big big crunchy toast. We finished the meal with the pancakes that were a different version of what we are used to see but very interesting. A big applause to the passion fruit and ginger soda, so good and refreshing for this season! All this for 290 rmb.
Excellent service, good playlist, tranquil vibe, enough dish selection, truly tasty food and pocket friendly prices. Give it a try!
"So cozy!" This is the first thing I said to my friend when we first stepped in the restaurant. Wood furniture, plaints and white brick wall, it's small but full of personality. Interesting thing is that people there all look like they just finished gym, wearing their gym clothing and carried their own yoga mat, except us.
But that didn’t stop us from eating. We had an avocado toast, peach pancake, and hot matcha latte. The avocado toast was very delicious with feta cheese on it served on a sturdy piece of grain loaf. While it’s a bit pricy compare to other restaurants and considering the portion. Pancake that day was topped with peach, cream, and nuts. It was surprisingly very fresh and light, which is rare when it comes to pancake. Plus it still tastes very healthy, which is always a plus.
And here comes the very disappointing part. The matcha latte was so bitter it taste like Chinese herb to me. I’m a huge fan of matcha so for this reason alone I don’t think I’ll go back to the restaurant. I found out later EGG is actually famous for its healthy meals, grain, vegetable bowls, and more vegetarian options. So maybe that’s a “healthy” version of matcha?
I like the place and the staff there are very nice indeed. If you want a healthy brunch place to go I’ll say give it a try, but DON’T EVER order matcha latte.
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