Review of Element Fresh

29th December 2013 / Shanghai

Ask the expats in Shanghai where their favourite brunch / general dining place is, and chances are that Element Fresh will show up quite often, and for good reason. Many of my friends who have left Shanghai often lament to me on how much they miss Element Fresh.  The secret lies in quality and fresh ingredients cooked on simple but expertly prepared menu items.

I have ate at Element Fresh many times, for this review, I will be reviewing a weekend brunch session at the Xin Tian Di Element Fresh Vintage outlet. My wife and I managed to secure an outdoor seat on the 2F balcony, which was very nice and private, compared to the bustling tourist street on the first floor.


I had the big american breakfast which is probably my most ordered brunch item in every brunch restaurant. While the price is higher than average at ¥88, I get 4 eggs cooked anyway I want them, bottomless cup of coffee, bacon, rosemary-scented pork sausages, sautéed potatoes and 2 pieces of toast — very well worth the price, considering all of the aforementioned items were of very good quality, except for the coffee which is standard a diluted americano.

Bacon is done slightly charred with a bit of crisp, but not like a biscuit (which I destest). Scrambled eggs are nice and creamy, moist and not overdone. Sausages are nicely spiced and sautéed potatoes had a mix of normal waxy potatoes and sweet potatoes, giving the senses a pleasant variety of flavours every other bite. 4.5/5


I also ordered a french onion soup to share. I was given a nice hearty bowl of soup with 2 thick crostinis with melted gruyere cheese. The soup was rich and packed with flavour. Combine it with the crostinis, the soup can make a filling meal on its own for a lady. 4/5


My wife had the grilled vegetable salad, which featured a huge plate of artichokes, zucchinis, eggplant and tomatoes with a red wine vinaigrette. While the vegetables were fresh, the flavour of the dressing was too sour and I felt didn’t complement the ingredients very well. 3/5

All in all, Element Fresh continues to deliver good consistent food that keeps people coming back for more. I had tried their crab cake appetiser and breakfast burrito before and they were very good options too.

TSK Rating


Author: Fred Lin

Fred "The Shanghai Kid" Lin was born in Singapore, and grew up in a family of foodies and home-cooks. He moved to Shanghai in 2007 and fell in love with the city, eventually carving a self-made career out of digital media design and development. He founded The Shanghai Kid food blog in 2013, and opened an award-winning Singaporean restaurant in 2014, which won CityWeekend's Outstanding Southeast Asian restaurant of the year in 2016. In 2017, he decided to reboot, and shut down all his businesses in Shanghai before moving back to Singapore with his wife. Fred plans to immigrate to Melbourne in the near future.

Element Fresh

Xintiandi, North Block, No. 2, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu 太仓路181号, 新天地北里, 近马当路 近陕西北路



Huang Pu / Luwan

Xin Tian Di

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