In our ongoing Threesday feature, Shanghaiist takes the time to count out three of….well, whatever catches our fancy that week. We did two rounds of lunch deals under 50RMB series but along the way, we also came across some really great sets that were just a little over that budget. These aren’t quite as cheap but still very delicious and in our opinion, worth every mao.
1. Pho Real
68RMB // Mon-Fri: 11am-2pm, Sat-Sun: 11am-3pm // 166 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu (富民路166号， 近长乐路)
Prices at Pho Real during any time other than lunch are just plain overpriced. We do, however, love their lunch sets which gives you 3 courses for 68RMB. Pho Real does it several ways–all the sets come with the same appetizer of extremely tasty spring rolls, a small salad, and one soft drink or tea. As for mains, there’s a choice between their signature beef pho, chicken/beef chop bun on cold rice vermicelli, and a chicken/beef banh mi sandwich.
2. The Fat Olive
58 RMB // Mon-Fri: 11am-2pm // 6/F, Silver Court Building, 228 Xizang Nan Lu, near Huaihai Dong Lu (西藏路228号6楼, 近淮海东路) or 2/F, 26F Sinan Mansions, 45 Sinan Lu, near Fuxing Lu (思南路45弄26F号2楼， 近复兴路)
Start off with a green salad at this David Laris outpost and then with the dish of the day (the meal changes constantly and they only list one option, but the kitchen is able to accomodate vegetarian or other dietary requests.) The portions might seem to be on the small side but it’s meant to be a business lunch. You don’t wanna be slipping into a food coma when you head back to work anyway right? As extra insurance that you’ll make it through the rest of the day’s meetings, the meal comes with a cup of espresso.
3. Mi Thai
65~75RMB // Mon-Fri: 11am – 4pm // 2/F, 195 Anfu Lu near Wulumuqi Lu (安福路195号，近乌鲁木齐路)
We’re huge fans of Thai food, and this outpost from the Wagas group helps satisfy our cravings at lunch. While it’s not the cheapest place to go normally, prices are slashed basically in half for their three dish set menu. We tend to go for takeout Thai classics when we come here – tom yum goong soup, yellow chicken curry. Service is fast and attentive, though there’s a tendency for the joint to get crowded by workers swarming in from The Centre. If you can take a late lunch, we recommend that.