In our ongoing Threesday feature, Shanghaiist takes the time to count out three of….well, whatever catches our fancy that week. Today, it’s restaurants offering sets under 50rmb!
A little while ago, sick of other publications around town attaching the words “lunch deal” to astronomically-priced sets, we highlighted three places where you could dine with your workmates for 50rmb or less. Now we’ve come across more of these locales!
As stated before, we’re not looking for hole-in-the-wall la mian shops. We’re looking for places where you wouldn’t look out of place wearing a suit – clean shops with tableware, wait staff and a chance to get a fapiao too.
1. Cantina Agave
45RMB // 11am-2pm Monday to Friday // Cantina Agave // A Mansion, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu (富民路291号, 近长乐路)
45RMB gets you choice of soft drink or margarita and one of the following meals: quesadilla, half order of nachos, tostada salad or a taco with rice and beans combo plate. We’d be happy to pay 45RMB for a margarita itself and now you’re telling us we can get a meal at one of Shanghai’s best Mexican restaurants to go along with it? Sold!
32RMB // 11:00am-2am; Daily // Cha’s // 1/F, 30 Sinan Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu (思南路30号1楼，近淮海中路)
Cha’s does a fantastically cheap and appetizing set meal for only 32RMB. For starters, it’s butter with bread or toast. Then you choose a side meat (ham/bacon/luncheon meat/sausage) and eggs (fried, scrambled, or omelet). Then select from either satay beef, BBQ pork, Szechuan pork, followed by whether you want it atop of instant noodles, macaroni, or spaghetti. Last but not least, finish it up with a choice of coffee or their famous HK milk tea. That’s a lot of different combinations to be had–we could go there everyday for weeks and not eat the exact same meal. Oh yeah, this set is actually served all day and for Cha’s that means until closing at 2am.
3. Bali Bistro
45RMB // 11:00am-2am; Daily // Bali Bistro // 75 Wanhangdu Lu near Beijing Xi Lu (万航渡路75号近北京西路)
Though the outside may look ratty and unrefined, Bali Bistro is surprisingly clean and bright on the inside. That and it’s amazingly cheap lunches (this 45rmb dish of delights was actually the most expensive on the lunch menu) makes it a perfect place to meet up if you work around the Jing’an Temple area. Besides your main course, you also get a free hot or cold tea. If you have the option to booze during your lunch hour, a can of their Indonesian beer is only 10rmb more.