Highline is a contemporary American and cocktails from a trio of F&B veterans. The plan: All-day and late night California classics cuisine. The look: mid-century Miami-fornia minimalist chic sunken living room batch pad. The price points: Cocktails from 68rmb to 128rmb. But none of that hotel service charge tomfoolery so that's nice. The concerns behind it are John Liu (Coquille, Scarpetta), Cody Allen (Le Baron), and Michael Sun.
Highline is still my favorite fair-weather brunch spot. It’s good for family members or friends from out of town or a regular Sunday get-together. It’s casual but usually without too many children running around unattended. I need to get this out of the way so that I can forget about it forever: arctic shrimp and deviled egg dip: something I’d never like to eat ever again. It was like they blended some egg yolk with a jar of Hellman’s mayonnaise and then decided to put some frozen fruits of the sea on top. Ugh.
It’s okay, I’m over it. And fries and mussels made us all forget what happened. And then the burrata came out and make sure we would never speak of it again. Not even a jar of eggy mayo can keep me away from this rooftop brunch. The benedicts will never let us down. Drinks range from a very fair RMB 48-88 unless you’re the kind of person who orders a drink called, “Better sex on the beach.” Then you pay 128 because that’s what you deserve.
Overall, make sure you reserve a spot outside if it’s a nice day, but I’ve also been when it’s chilly outside and still enjoyed myself immensely!
On the 6th floor of the Ascott Hotel in Huaihai road you will find the hugest terrace in Xintiandi. We went for a late brunch on Sunday and it was full, but we could get a table. No need to worry about the cool winter days that are coming because they have a heating system so you can still enjoy the outdoor deal.
The menu includes signature dishes like chicken and waffles that seems to be a very popular one because most of the tables around ordered it. But, as usual, we went for another signature one, the Philly Cheesesteak. Juicy and well-seasoned beef, but most important: the melted cheese all over. Well done for that!
Although we weren’t hungry enough this time to order almost the whole menu, I can say it is pretty well balanced regarding the options they offer. You can find eggs, mains, greens, seafood, French toast, pancakes, and a couple of dishes with sausage or bacon options for the classic American brunch style lovers. Also they have acai bowl, which will be my next time choice because is hard to find around. One last thing, they have churros with hot chocolate which sounds very exciting for a cool winter afternoon, will come back for that one for sure as well.
Overall impression: spectacular terrace, good brunch menu for every taste and fast/kind service. Definitely deserves a stop if you are wondering around XTD.
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