Stuck in Shanghai this Golden Week while your friends are away? Don’t despair, as it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the (relative) lack of crowds to explore some of the city’s popular restaurants and bars. To help you plan, here are nine places offering food and drink deals starting September 30.
Modern Chinese restaurant Hakkasan is running extended hours from 11am until October 7 and they’re serving a special Cantonese style afternoon tea called Bund in Bloom. For ¥288 per person, you get dishes such as this salad with cucumber flower and lemongrass vinaigrette, a floral dim sum platter, wild mushroom soup, a choice between wok-fried seabass or tea-smoked chicken, organic five grain rice, and a lemongrass parfait. Also includes a cocktail.
5/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road / 中山东一路18号5楼
Comma is a hip new Japanese izakaya with a number of cocktails on tap. For the Golden Week, they’re launching their brunch sets, which will be available everyday from 11am to 3pm until October 7. The sets start from ¥68 and you have five to choose from, such as a vegetarian okonomiyaki with agedashi tofu or a baked salmon with deviled egg. All sets come with a side of vegetables, miso soup, rice, pickles, and fruit.
178 Xinle Road / 新乐路178号
Mercato is having a deal at their pizza counter where you can get one appetizer, one pizza, and one drink for ¥298. Happening from October 1 to October 7, choose between five appetizers ranging from sliced kingfish to homemade ricotta, and five pizzas such as a beef short rib pizza with spicy tomato, black mozzarella, and pepperoncini, or this wild mushroom, three cheeses, and farm egg pie.
6/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road / 中山东一路3号6楼
Scottish beers will flow from Shanghai taps as BrewDog takes over the drafts at Roadhouse. Happening from September 30, you can try five of their beers in half-a-liter pints for ¥35 each, from their legally tenuous Elvis Juice Grapefruit Infused IPA – they were sued by the Elvis Presley estate because of the name – to the Jet Black Heart Oatmeal Milk Stout, which will be pouring from a nitro tap.
1124 Beijing Xi Road / 北京西路1124号
You might not be be in Bali this Golden Week, but at least you can eat the island’s food in Shanghai for cheap. Happening from October 1 to October 7, Bali Bistro is offering 30 percent off your entire bill. Bring your own sand it will almost feel like the tropical life.
75 Wanhangdu Road / 万航渡路75号
The Pine At Rui Jin
The Pine At Rui Jin is closed until October 3, but they’re kicking off October 4 with their new weekend lunch set. For ¥397 per person, you get a four-course meal that starts with Atlantic cod and Iberico pork jowl served with flatbread, followed by a choice of warm egg with duck confit or snow crab, then either a wagyu beef short rib or Boston lobster with homemade egg noodles. Dessert comes in the form of three sweets – osmanthus with medjool dates, puffed wild rice with cranberry and honey, and sweet potato with maple syrup.
The Pine At Rui Jin
Building 11, Rui Jin Hotel, 118 Ruijin Er Rd | 瑞金二路118号瑞金宾馆内11号楼
The Blind Pig
The Blind Pig is offering half price off their Fat Pig Stout, which they’re touting as a “smooth, creamy stout with a hint of sweet chocolate,” for the entire month of October. Also available at both Big Bamboo outlets.
The Blind Pig Bourbon & Smokehouse
132 Nanyang Road / 南阳路132号
Australian craft gin brand The West Winds is taking over the terrace of Circo, a new Italian spot in Columbia Circle from October 5 to October 7. Happening from 3pm onwards, sample G&Ts from the distillery’s gin range, as well as beers from Little Creatures and Australian wine from Brown Brothers. There will also be music and antipasti from the restaurant.
Columbia Circle, Building 6, 1262 Yan’an Xi Road / 延安西路1262号6栋1楼
Funkadeli will be serving an Italian-inspired brunch from September 29 to October 7, 12pm-3pm. You get dishes including poached eggs with ham and eggplant parmigiana, vitello tonnato, and tuna tartare, and you can choose one main and one side for ¥88, or two mains and a side ¥148. Also, free flow beer, cocktails, and wine starting from ¥128.
291 Fumin Road / 富民路291号