Shanghai seems to be home to a suspiciously high number of Scandinavian cafes, the most well-known being the Wagas chain and their ever-growing spawn of eateries. It’s certainly a refreshing contrast to Chinese cuisine when you’re craving something light and fresh. Although many are loosely labelled as ‘Nordic’ they don’t always offer some of the classic dishes which truly define this type of cuisine. I like to judge a good menu based on the quality of the rye, the smørrebrød combos and of course the pastry selection. Rye&Co delivers on all fronts.
Rye&Co have nailed a prime spot. Set on the top two floors Xintiandi plaza they have made good use of the natural light and coupled it with the rich wooden interiors to make it warm and welcoming. With a relaxed booth style layout below and a classy cocktail bar on the rooftop they have created two elegant and complimentary spaces.
At the entrance you are greeted by a delectable cabinet of baked treats like the cinnamon scroll and a variety of fresh loaves. If you like a super dark and seedy rye this is your place.
Dishes of mention:
Smoked eggplant and lentil– beautiful babaganoush style eggplant with cucumber that added a nice crunch and cut through the smokey flavour
Pumpkin and stracciatella– sweet thin sheets of pumpkin paired perfectly with the cheese
Cinammon scroll – Impossibly soft. I could eat way too many of these.
Final comments. Presentation was impressive - theres nothing like a few well-placed microgreens to spruce things up. They also serve an excellent cup of coffee.
If you can pull off all the things you need for a great sunny brunch spot from the top of a mall in downtown Shanghai (at an incredibly reasonable price) – I’d say that’s a win. I’m picking Rye&Co as a solid brunch place anytime of the year.
Price for 2 people: 200 RMB
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