Dreamer is a new restaurant on Wuding Lu that does robata-style charcoal grilling, serving a menu of globally-inspired dishes. Brunch on the other hand is more traditional with Benedicts, steak and eggs, and French toasts.

It’s the latest from the BIBIMI Group, one of the fastest growing restaurant groups in Shanghai. The group has more than a dozen restaurants, including Barbarian, Bites & Brews, Solana, Hot Chick, and Bandit.

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Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The Space

Like Bandit 1 and 2, The Dreamer space is really cool. While it may not be the right season currently, it’s worth mentioning that there’s a pool within the massive backyard. Expect brunchy parties come warmer months.

Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Dreamer is housed in a two-storey villa on Wuding Lu. The first floor is cozy and has bar counter seating facing the open kitchen. There’s some inside-outside seating with in a sun-room that faces the outdoor space.

Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The main dining room is upstairs, and there’s a balcony with more intimate seating. It’s a pretty large space, suitable for big groups.

What’s On The Menu

The food at Dreamer is centered around the charcoal grill, referred to as robata in their menu, Japanese for “fireside cooking.” Dishes borrow from all over, featuring global flavors of coconut curry dips, Shaoxing wine marinated clams, Mexican chili, and peanut rubs.

Here’s what to expect for dinner:

Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Lemongrass Beef Kofta (¥55/three) – Plump beef meatballs with fragrant lemongrass, served with a green chili coconut dipping sauce.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Chorizo-Manchego Cheese Croquettes (¥38/three) with a Mexican chili aioli. It’s deep-fried chorizo and cheese, what’s not to love?
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
US Prime Angus Beef (¥128) cooked a perfect medium rare, served with a teriyaki-mayo sauce and chili oil.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Duck Breast (¥88) with a sweet Peking cherry glaze, red cabbage, and celeriac purée. If you like your duck breast a little more rare like me, do request it!
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Freshwater Eel (¥38) with pickled radish and fresh kalamansi. The quality of the eel is superb.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Whole Yellow Fish (¥99) with peanut rub and burnt lime. A delicate fish. Excellent for sharing.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Rock Lobster (¥388) imbued with the smokiness from the charcoal grill. The flesh is flaky and delicate, goes well with the the burnt lemon cream.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Prime Angus Beef Short Rib (¥328) with celeriac purée and parmesan cheese crisps. The short rib is slow-braised and rendered down with red wine and spices. The braising liquid is then reduced into a luscious sauce, served alongside. Extremely tender and flavorful.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Burnt Cabbage (¥35) with dried shrimp and smoked cream dressing.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Electric Lemon (¥55) – Lemon sponge cake with lemon sorbet, lemon curd, and pop rocks. A fun, light dessert.

Brunch, which is available only on the weekends, features the usual suspects like Benedicts and toasts. It’s all pretty standard, enjoyable fare, and well-priced.

Here’s what to expect from brunch:

Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
American Prime Angus Beef (¥128) with potato hash, chill-spiced panko a fried egg, and spicy hollandaise.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Shrimp Shakshuka (¥99) with mildly spiced, fragrant tomato base with edamame beans, grilled tomato and spinach, poached eggs, and plump shrimp. Served with grain toast.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Breakfast Risotto (¥88) – A hearty portion of risotto with chorizo sausage, flame-grilled mushrooms, poached eggs, and a touch of truffle oil. Also served with grain toast.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Chocolate & Cheese French Toast (¥88) – Oh-so custardy French toast layered with condensed milk, chocolate, and cheese, with fruit coulis and sea salt caramel ice cream. I’m not usually impressed by desserts, but this is pretty great.

Wine & Winter Drinks

As for drinks, Dreamer is wine-forward. There are 180+ labels to choose from, spanning traditional to natural wines, full-bodied to fruity, and even ciders.

Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The great thing about the wines here is that they allow tastings of some bottles before you make a decision, all thanks to their trusty Coravin. If you haven’t heard of Coravins, it’s a handy accessory that allows you to pour wines without uncorking the bottles. Wines start at around ¥300 per bottle, ¥50 by the glass.

Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Mulled Wine (¥65)

There are also some classic cocktails on the menu, starting from ¥65, as well as some winter drinks.

Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bloody Mary (¥70) – Pepper, salt, and Tabasco on the side for you to custom your own seasoning.
Dreamer is a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that does globally-inspired dishes on the charcoal grill, as well as brunch. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Mango Kissel (¥35) – Kissel is a Russian beverage made with fruit juice and thickened with a touch of cornstarch. This warm drink is made by steeping dried mango and has no added sugar.

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  • Get 10% off your food bill.

Deals are valid until January 31, 2022. Just show this article when you dine-in to claim your deal.


Dreamer
Address: Bldg 1, 893 Wuding Lu, near Changde Lu 武定路893号1幢, 近常德路
Tel: 19102158837
Hours: Tue-Thu, 5pm-midnight; Fri, 5pm-2am; Sat, 10am-2am; Sun, 10am-midnight, closed Mondays