Everyone knows Shanghai is a glutton's paradise – “eat, drink, and be merry” seems to be the presiding theme in this fast-paced city. But consuming all those calories comes at a cost... to your wallet, that is. Sure, you could pick up a five RMB bowl of noodles at your corner street stand, but sometimes you just want to cut loose and enjoy the way the other half lives. The good thing is that it is possible to enjoy the high life without sacrificing next month's rent. Here are some of the best dinner deals in Shanghai that will even leave a few extra pink notes in your wallet.
1) NougatineView In Map
If the name Nougatine sounds familiar to you, it's probably because of its highly respected pedigree – this is the “little sister” to next-door neighbor Jean Georges. If you can't quite afford the rather, um, extravagant prices of the latter restaurant, don't worry – Nougatine is a (slightly) more casual set up that won't leave you choosing between paying the dinner bill or your next flight home. Their early bird special, offered every day between 18:00 to 19:00 (including weekends), gives you a three course set menu for 218 RMB plus a 10% surcharge.
Add: Three on the Bund, 4/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6321 7733
Opening hours: Daily, 18:00-23:00
2) The Fat Olive (Expo branch)View In Map
Every weekday is a formal affair at The Fat Olive. Monday through Friday from 17:30 till 20:00, you can get a three course Greek dinner plus one glass of wine for 88 RMB per person. The only catch? It's at their Expo Village location. But that makes it a great stop on the way home for all you Pudong workers out there. And this David Laris “oldie-but-goodie” is worth the trek, even if you're coming all the way from Puxi – the solid food and laid back atmosphere makes for a great break for the usual routine.
Add: No. 12, Lane 222 Shibocun Lu, Pudong New District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 2206 0881
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-22:00
3) Blue FrogView In Map
A meal deal list wouldn't be complete if Blue Frog's Burger Mondays weren't mentioned. Their famous buy-one-get-one deal on any burger from 18:00 onwards is still one of the best in town, since the choices are endless and the service is crazy but surprisingly fast. Just be sure to come early – they don't take reservations during this promotion window and the place fills up... fast.
Add: 30 Hongmei Entertainment Street, Lane 3338 Hongmei Lu, Minhang District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5422 5119
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-late
4) KakaduView In Map
One of the only “upscale Australian” restaurants around, Kakadu is not normally known for their cheap prices. But every Monday, they let their hair down a bit with 99 RMB all-you-can-eat mussels. Between 18:00 and 22:00, gorge yourself on these New Zealand imports that are served with your choice of sauce. It's a fun way to kick off the week. And who knows, maybe you'll come back next time to try their kangaroo or crocodile entrees!
Add: 8 Jianguo Xilu, near Chongqing Nanlu, Luwan District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5468 0118
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-24:00
5) BriccocafeView In Map
If seafood's not quite your thing, and you're of the female persuasion, head over to Briccocafe on Mondays for their “ladies only” menu. It's comprised of “light and low fat Italian specialties” (think grilled lean protein with vegetables) and comes with a cocktail for 98 RMB. Looking past the vaguely insulting idea that women can't enjoy normal food off of a regular menu, this casual Italian chain serves up some delightful food.
Add: 158 Chengdu Nanlu near Huaihai Zhonglu, Luwan District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6387 9188
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-24:00
6) The CamelView In Map
Everyone's favorite Aussie sports bar cuts you a break with the aptly named Tight Ass Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, The Camel offers buy-one-get-one deals on all pastas, pizzas, and their infamous fish and chips. Enjoy the food deal from 18:00 until midnight, and chase it down with their buy-one-get-one deal on Carlsberg pints and vodka mixed drinks from 20:00 onwards. Whether there's a sports game on or not (and there always is), you'll find plenty to keep you busy here.
Add: 1 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6437 9446
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 11:00-02:00; Sat-Sun, 10:00-02:00
7) Chloe'sView In Map
Newcomer on the (Pudong) block is Chloe’s, a “casual American bar and grill concept” that specializes in all your grilled favorites like wings, burgers, and sausage. To satisfy that carnivore lurking inside of you, they're offering 128 RMB all-you-can-eat barbeque pork ribs (with sides) every Wednesday from 17:00 until close. They're also offering 20 RMB Tiger draft during the same time, since barbeque and beer pretty much come as a team.
Add: 31 Changyi Lu, near Jimo Lu, Pudong New District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 3879 0570
Opening hours: Sun-Thru, 11:00-23:00; Fri-Sat, 11:00-24:00
8) The ShedView In Map
Housed where Cuvee used to be (next to Kaiba), The Shed has made a nice little name for itself by offering cheap, cheap drinks (they have no happy hour because their prices are already pretty darn low) and great grilled entrees. Case in point is Chicken Wing Wednesdays, when their freshly grilled wings are only 2 RMB each. Served with light seasoning and a wedge of lemon, these babies are kept simple for a reason – to let the flavor of the grill work its magic.
Add: Lane 528 Kangding Lu, near Xikang Lu, Jing’an District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6288 1189
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 16:00-late; Sat-Sun, 12:00-late
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