​The W Shanghai just launched a new dim sum brunch at YEN. It’s all-you-can-eat for ¥268 and it’s pretty damn good. And of course, there’s free-flow.

YEN is the Chinese restaurant at W Shanghai. It has a bright, spacious dining room with the same smart-casual feel of The Kitchen Table, the ever-popular drink-centric brunch a couple floors up. YEN also has two private rooms, if that suits your needs.

All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai.
Umm, I didn’t take any photos of the space. But it’s much brighter during the day!

Unlimited Dim Sum Brunch at YEN, W Shanghai

All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The menu at YEN sees a mix of Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine, maintained by acclaimed Chef Kong Khai Meng. For brunch, the menu stays true to Cantonese dim sum with more than 50 dishes for steamed, fried and baked dim sum, appetizers, seafood, and fried noodles.

To order, you just check off your selection from the paper menu and wait for the flurry of woven baskets to grace your table.

Steamed dim sum. All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bamboo shoot prawn dumpling

Of all the steamed dim sum, the bamboo shoot and prawn dumpling shines the brightest, followed by the wild vegetable and boletus mushroom. These translucent jewels come in baskets of three—you want to eat these as soon as its served, for the delicate skins wilt quickly. Another signature is the fresh prawns rice rolls, folded in with crispy fried rice.

All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Wild vegetable dumpling with boletus mushroom (v)
All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Fresh prawns, crisp rice, red yeast rice rolls
Xiaolongbao. All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Xiaolongbao pork dumpling with matsutake mushrooms

What I miss most about Cantonese food in Shanghai is sufficient wok hei, that torched, smoky aroma from wok frying. YEN doesn’t disappoint. The wok-fried egg noodle with mixed seafood, shrimp and XO sauce captures that breathy essence. It was by far the favorite of the meal, so much so that we ordered it twice. The stir-fried radish cake with XO sauce, though largely cubed in size is also a must-order. And the house XO sauce is spot on.

Fried noodles. All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Wok-fried egg noodles
Stir-fried radish cake. All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Stir-fried radish cake with XO sauce

Hotel brunches like these are where you can really get your money’s worth. The “Sea and Land” section of the menu is a “one of each” scenario. The steamed giant garoupa fillet and the sautéed scallop with honshimeiji mushrooms and sakura shrimp are both a testament of high quality seafood. Also in this section is the sweet and sour pork, fat nuggets of pork encased in a thin batter and coated with hawthorn sauce.

All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Sauteed scallop, honshimeiji mushroom, honey beans, sakura shrimp and XO sauce
All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Steamed giant garoupa fillet
Sweet and sour pork. All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Hawthorn-infused sweet and sour pork
Shu mai. All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Prawn and pork shu mai with flying fish roe
All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Steamed pork spare ribs with black beans and garlic
All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Steamed ox tripe
All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Barbecued pork pastry
All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Roasted black pork belly
All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Barbecued black pork belly (charsiew)
Fried rice. All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Yen Signature Fried Rice with sakura shrimp, seafood and mullet roe
Egg tarts. All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Macao-style egg tarts
Dessert. All-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at YEN Chinese restaurant, W Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Chilled cream of mango with sago and pomelo
Gin 66, W Shanghai's own craft gin. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Gin 66 – W Shanghai’s own gin

How Much?

The all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch is ¥268 per person. Free-flow is ¥100 for soft drinks or ¥150 for unlimited beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks.

They also have a weekday lunch menu, four courses for ¥268 per person, from Monday to Friday.

Nomfluence Readers Deals

Deal below are valid from now until October 31 when you book via the link below.

  • Complimentary selected welcome drink. Valid during brunch or weekday lunch. Limited one per person.

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YEN CHA at YEN, W Shanghai
Address: W Shanghai, 5/F, 66 Lvshun Lu, near Dongchangzhi Lu 旅顺路66号5楼, 近东长治路
Tel: 22869965
Hours: Brunch on Sat & Sun, lunch from Mon-Fri, 11:30am-2:30pm