Sense 8 誉八仙 is a gorgeous old-school Cantonese tea house that’s been my favourite brunch spot for a while now. From hairy crab shumai to truffle mushroom dumplings, you can find every style of dim sum and Cantonese delicacy at Sense 8. The name 誉八仙 comes from the old Chinese legend of “Eight Immortals” and brings a dreamy element to the restaurant’s decor.
Walking into Sense 8 is quite a lavish experience. Filled with Chinese antiques and hues of red and gold, the main dining room is constantly buzzing with servers refilling teapots and carrying bamboo baskets of fresh dim sum. It is said we often feast with our eyes and in that way, Sense 8 is a crowd-pleaser and Shanghai gem. Many have asked me for my favourite dim sum spot in Shanghai so here it is finally!
Sense 8 is best during brunch time where fresh dim sum is served. Sometimes you’ll even find servers walking around with off-the-menu dim sum that the kitchen whipped up. Everything on the dim sum menu is excellent in my opinion. Particularly, the shrimp har gau, crab roe shumai and assorted mushroom dumplings with truffle are must-get’s. While Sense 8 serves alcohol if you’d like a boozy brunch, I like to opt for pu’er tea which is served in a beautiful “Eight Immortals” themed teapot.
À la carte dim sum is not served during dinnertime but there is a dim sum platter with some of their classics and most of my favourites are on there. So if you cannot make it for brunch, be sure to ask for the dinner dim sum basket.
Closing out the year with a Shanghai favourite of mine. It’s been a hectic year and I haven’t posted on this blog as much as I would’ve liked. Posting more will be on my list of New Year resolutions for 2019! A lot of you have asked me for recommendations and contacts in Shanghai, Yunnan and other parts of China. I’m always happy to share some local favourites–just drop me an email.
Happy holidays from Shanghai with love,
Sense 8 誉八仙
Address // Lane 8 Xintiandi, 181 Taicang Road
Tel // 6373-1888
Breakfast is served from 8am-10.30am daily and Brunch from 11am-3pm.