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Yi Cafe by Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai

Add:2/F, Grand Tower, 33 Fucheng Rd



Credit Cards Accepted
English Service Available


Yi Cafe at Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai is more than a buffet — it’s as fresh and colorful as a garden, as lively as a market, and as much fun as a playground.

It’s not simply a buffet with a wide selection of quality food, but it also lets customers interact with chefs who prepare food to their specifications — and with the food itself.

Dishes are served in playful and inventive ways. Puff pastry is served without filling; customers choose filling and do it themselves, using a syringe. Sweet sango soup with colorful tropical fruit is placed in a large laboratory test tube. The gazpacho counter is lined with cocktail shakers and martini glasses and the chef shakes the soup and serves it like a bartender.

Macaroons are presented in a small whisk. Garden salad is served in cone, not a plate. When mixing the salad, the chef performs like a painter and uses brushes and salad dressing, such as balsamic vinegar and basic sauce placed in tubes in his pockets.

Ten food stations offer eight cuisines — Chinese, Western, Thai, Malay, Indian, Middle Eastern and Japanese. Each is supervised by a chef from the region.

Chinese chefs roast Peking duck, a German chef prepares pasta, A Malay chef cooks satay, an Indian chef makes curries and nan and a Lebanese chef grills shawarma, which is meat grilled on a rotating vertical spit, slicing off pieces and wrapping them in pancakes.

Unlike many buffets where customers serve themselves and food is displayed in large portions, Yi Cafe features a personal touch and serves small portions, according to guests’ preference.

Weekend brunch appeals to children who can enjoy candy floss, chocolate fondue, popcorn and ice cream.

Hours: Breakfast, 6am-10:30am, 228 yuan+15%/person; Buffet lunch, Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2:30pm, 288 yuan+15%/person; Buffet dinner, 5:30-10pm, 368yuan+15%/person;
Weekend brunch, 11:30am-3pm, 358 yuan+15%/person