Is YEN's Free Flow Dim Sum Brunch Shanghai's #1?

By Sophie Steiner

Brunch options in this city are abundant, to say the least; excessive, to say the most.

And when you throw free flow into the mix, the indulgence increases exponentially. But quality, at times, falters.

Such is not the case for longstanding Cantonese establishment YEN at W Shanghai – The Bund.

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Here, the YEN Cha Dim Sum Free Flow Brunch has stood the test of time – it's been on offer every Saturday and Sunday for four years, and going stronger than ever.

Running from 11.30am-2.30pm with all-you-can-eat dim sum for just RMB388, the famed brunch has recently been upgraded, adding modern Jiangnan dishes to the previously Cantonese-leaning menu.

It now spans over 60 plates, from steamed to seared, baked to fried, staples to fusion, land to sea, and soups to sweets. 

In short, we suggest bringing your entire social circle so you can sample it all (stretchy pants encouraged). 

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Unlike most free flow spots around Shanghai, all dishes are made to order, served tableside. There is no buffet component, meaning you're scoring high-end restaurant quality fare for buffet prices.

And this is not just your average dim sum; we're talking some of the tastiest, most meticulously prepared and presented plates that even the city's Cantonese population can get behind. No easy feat. 

Simultaneously boasting one of the best kuai-to-calorie conversion rates around town, the YEN Cha Brunch is also served up with a side of Shanghai's impressive skyline as a backdrop.

And now, onto the reason you're all here – the dim sum details! 

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The majority of the menu features classic Cantonese dim sum fare: think steamed and silky har gao, stuffed red rice rolls, sticky char siu pork belly, shrimp-topped shao mai, pillowy mantou filled with molten egg yolk custard, crackly-edge radish cakes, springy honeycomb tripe, swollen xiaolongbao, crispy-skin soy sauce chicken, creamy egg tarts with the flakiest crust, and oh-so-much more!