Shanghai doing it big for Jayyyyyyysus in the 2015. As usual, a lot of restaurants and basically every hotel have a loosely-themed Easter event this Saturday and Sunday. Some even have staff to watch your children while you quaff champagne. Here's the events that stand out. Word to the wise, this is a big day for dining -- book your table now-ish. Sir Elly's is already booked, "so no table for you", they say.
For The Youth
Paulaner Brauhaus on Fenyang Lu has an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch with bottomless fruit juice, coffee, and tea, plus a half liter of Paulaner beer. Kids can get down on some egg / face painting and Easter games. Free for kids under three, 88rmb for 3–5 year-olds, 110rmb for kids 6–9 years old, 160rmb for kids 10–15, and 318rmb for adults. Goes from 10am–2pm. Full details. They also have a la carte options and kids activites from April 3–6 at their Binjiang location.
Boxing Cat Brewery has a vague "Easter Sunday brunch menu" and an Easter egg hunt that starts at 12pm sharp on Sunday at their Yongfu Lu and Sinan Mansions locations. There's also face painting and egg painting to keep the youth busy. Brunch available from 10am–3pm. This is more of an a la carte affair -- expect to pay 100–300rmb per person, depending on what you drink.
The easter bunny stalking around a revolving restaurant 45 floors above People's Square sounds surreal. Epicure On 45 in the Radisson in People's Square has the Easter Bunny making an appearance, an Easter egg hunt, and egg painting. Cost is 368rmb per person with free flow sparkling wine, house red and white, and beer / soft drinks.
And for the Jing'an constituency, Jason Atherton's The Commune Social has a brunch menu and some "entertainment for kids" on Saturday. Brunch is 178rmb for three courses, 218rmb for four, or 258rmb for five. Goes from 11am–5pm, and they don't do reservations. Details.
A Bit More Mature...
The Brew in the Kerry Hotel makes some solid craft beer, but it's usually around 70rmb and up for a pint. This Saturday they're doing free flow on six kinds of beer, wine, soft drinks, and a full buffet dinner for 300rmb per person. Not bad, not bad. And they've got a Kiwi band called Solidaz playing music all evening. This one is sub-titled "PLAY BUNNIES AND PLAY BOYS", and the flyer warns "Children under 16 yrs of age are not permitted". Goes from 4pm–2am. Full Details. They do have a family affair on Sunday, with a "children's adventure zone" and a Snow White show. That one is 428rmb at The Meat, 328rmb at The Cook, or 198rmb at The Brew, plus 15%.
For nice views and free flow wine and prosecco in Pudong, German restaurant Käfer looks alright. They're doing a semi-buffet with an all-you-can-eat a la carte menu for 428rmb. That includes a surprise gift for the kids too. Goes from 11am–3pm. Details.
[UpdateMayita, a.k.a. the poshest place on the Shouning Lu crayfish strip, has a Mexican brunch for 175rmb per person, with free-flow drinks available for an extra 125rmb per person. Kids under twelve pay 88rmb. They've got options like box-roasted goat, pork carnitas, churros, flan, and more. If it rains, this moves to their sister restaurant Maya. This one sounds quite good. Details.
For Those Posh Rabbits...
If your stocks did really well last quarter, or you just stay in the one percent, Grand Brasserie in the Waldorf Astoria has a buffet brunch with free-flow wine and champagne for 928rmb per person, plus that classic 15% service charge. Kids get in for 428rmb +15%. There's an egg hunt, too.
Over in the Pudong Shangri-La, Nadaman and Yi Cafe combine forces for one big Easter brunch. They've got an international buffet for 488rmb +15%, with Chinese, Western, Moroccan, Indian, and Middle Eastern food, plus seafood. An extra 148rmb +15% gets you free flow beer and wine, but champagne is a la carte. There is a kids corner, but they're not confirmed which activities are happening there. Gonna guess…egg hunt, egg painting.
Le Bistrot in Le Royal Meridian has an egg hunt, face painting, and likely some chocolate bunnies as well. Their buffet is 398rmb per person +15% without Champagne. You can add 558rmb +15% for free flow Moët Brut or 598rmb +15% for Moët Rose. They're already booked solid for Sunday but some tables still available for Saturday.
Finally, 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Rockbund has a five-course set menu with Japanese organic egg confit, a classic Antipasti selection, Mantova style homemade ravioli, roasted lamb chops, a dessert trio, and a chocolate Easter egg. That's 618rmb plus 10% per person, including tea or coffee. Some promotional prices on wines by the glass or bottle, too.
There you go. Some options for dining this Easter. Again, book early if you want a seat. And if you're looking to go to church and save your soul, we'll have a list of Easter church services on the site later this week.