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Ars & Delecto is a craft cocktail bar by night and modern bistro by day located on Jinxian Lu. More known as a cocktail-centric destination, Ars & Delecto, often referred to as A&D, has now launched a full brunch menu.

The brunch is straightforward, easy-going and great value, with free-flow options.


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Brunch at Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

About Ars & Delecto

After opening in the summer of 2018 as a sister bar to Tokyo’s well-known Bar Trench (No.39 on Asia’s Top 50 Best Bars), the eccentric craft cocktail menu at Ars & Delecto instantly appealed to high-brow connoisseurs and curious sippers.

Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Ars & Delecto (art and delight in Latin) is situated on Jinxian Lu, a sleepy street home an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and chic shops. It’s a cozy space that resembles the likes of the small European cafes that line the streets of France and Italy. The ground floor seating area comfortably accommodates about 35 people.

Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Since A&D opened, they’ve always been cocktail-centric (and still are), but the global trend and wants of patrons calls for food with drink, and A&D is delighted to oblige. They launched an evening bistro menu pre-COVID, and have just kicked off the brunch menu.

Behind The Menu: Executive Chef Jonathan Wu

The team recently welcomed Executive Chef Jonathan Wu. Jonathan graduated from FERRANDIS French Culinary School in Paris and spent his formative years building on his French foundations at Michelin-starred restaurants, including L’Orangerie Four Seasons, Le Taillevent, and Restaurant du Palais Royal.

Jonathan’s inspiration for the menu at A&D comes from his culturally diverse background and his ability to understand both eastern and western palates. Unlike his fine dining background, the dinner and brunch menus at A&D are indicative of simple, comforting bistro dishes that act as a confluence for drinks.

Brunch at Ars & Delecto

The brunch menu is by standard a solid selection of diner favorites, including obligatory Benedicts, eggy mains, and a bomb katsu sandwich.

The usual brunch staple of eggs benedict is taken up a notch in the form of a Fried Chicken Benedict (¥85). The chicken is brined for 24 hours, battered and fried, and served atop avocado smash toast with two poached eggs and spicy hollandaise. A side of fries completes the plate.

Fried chicken benedict for brunch at Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Fried Chicken Benedict (¥85)

It’s not brunch without a brunchy burger. And the Waaasabi Wagyu Burger (¥115) does not disappoint. Made with Chilean wagyu, the burger is smeared with a nose-tingling homemade wasabi mayo and topped with crispy fried shoestring onions. Served with pickles and fries.

Burgers for brunch at Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Waaasabi Wagyu Burger (¥115)

Whatever you do, don’t miss the Hulk Katsu Sandwich (¥90). A thick cut of pork cutlet is breaded in crisp panko crust, sandwiched between velvety avocado spread, and comes with lashings of the requisite sweet-savory teriyaki sauce.More fries on the side.

Katsu sandwich for brunch at Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Hulk Katsu Sandwich (¥90)

Paying tribute to a French breakfast dish, Jonathan has a Foie Gras Toast Egg (¥70). It’s a sinful comfort food. Sourdough bread to dip into the luxurious bowl of creamy foie and runny eggs.

Foie gras toast for brunch at Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Foie Gras Toast Egg (¥70)
Brunch at Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Mrs. Sirloin Thai (¥130) – An amalgam of influences. Sirloin with Thai-accented chimichurri and birds eye chilies, served with tortilla crisps and soft tortilla.
Smoothie bowl for brunch at Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Greek Yogurt Bowl (¥55) with blueberries, honey and oatmeal.

Drinks Situation: Free-Flow Brunch

Of course, there’s free-flow.

In addition to the regular cocktail menu, there are two free-flow options that run from 11am-3pm. It’s ¥180 for two hours of sparkling wine or ¥300 for two hours of classic cocktails (G&T, Paloma, Negroni Sbagliato, Hugo).

Free-flow brunch at Ars & Delecto, a craft cocktail bar and bistro in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
L-R: Paloma, Hugo, G&T, Negroni Sbagliato

It’s A Neighborhood Brunch Spot

A&D will always attract the craft cocktail-aholics of the world, but now the venue is able to cast a wider net in appealing to brunch-goers. Some of the brunch dishes are also available on the evening bistro menu, including the katsu, burger, sirloin, and foie gras egg.

They’ll also be launching a new cocktail menu in the coming month! Keep an eye out for that.

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  • Complimentary glass of red, white, or sparkling house wine or coffee or smoothie with purchase of any “signature” dish. Valid during brunch.
  • Complimentary Waaasabi Wagyu Burger or Katsu Sandwich with purchase of either free-flow option. Valid during brunch.
  • Complimentary house red or white wine with any purchase of a “Main” dish. Valid from 6pm-10pm.

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Ars & Delecto
Address: 222 Jinxian Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu 进贤路222号, 近陕西南路
Hours: Tue-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am, closed Monday
Tel: 15317782786