Suitable for any occasion, be it a date night indulgence or satisfying an inexplicable craving, oyster restaurants come in their hundreds in Shanghai. With so many to choose from, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the best, from haute cuisine to boozy grub, to satisfy your every oyster need.
Where: Shake, 46 Maoming Nan Lu, near Jinxian Lu
Tel: 6230 7175
When: Every Wedn & Sun, 6pm - 10pm
Furnished in the style of a traditional 1960s New York supper club, trendy retro-bar and restaurant Shake has two amazing oyster deals. The first is RMB98 for 10 oysters, running every Sunday and Wednesday, 6-10pm, paired with four different sauces - ginger & pear, lime cucumber, Thai and wasabi & soy. The second is a Sunday Shuck & Malt special where for RMB140, you get three different oysters paired with hand-selected single malts. Classy.
Where: The Nest, 6/F 130 Beijing Dong Lu (near Yuanmingyuan Lu)
Deal: Oyster Sundays & Mondays | RMB98 for a dozen oysters
When: Sun & Mon, 5pm - 10pm
The Nest is an upscale gastrolounge, backed by Grey Goose vodka and MUSE Group. It's extremely popular and for good reason. They serve quality, innovative cocktails at a surprisingly affordable price point for this neighborhood. The bar's oyster deal is a contender for the best in the city—a dozen oysters for RMB98 every Sunday and Monday evening.
Where: Kakadu, 8 Jianguo Zhong Lu (near Chongqing Lu)
Deal: All-Day Oyster Tuesdays | RMB120 for Australian oysters, RMB140 for Kilpatrick oysters, RMB140 for Asian-style oysters
When: Tues 10am - 12am
Australian restaurant Kakadu's got a killer Tuesday deal in their arsenal, serving a dozen freshly shucked Australian oysters for RMB120, oysters Kilpatrick baked with butter, bacon and Worsctershire sauce for RMB140, or Asian-style oysters with ginger, soy and shallots for RMB140.
Where: Husk, 218 Fengxian Lu, by Nanhui Lu
Tel: 6245 9137
Deal: Husk Fresh Flown Oysters | RMB88 for half a dozen Irish oysters
When: Every Tues & Fri, 5pm - 10:30pm
This Mediterranean restaurant and Martini kitchen, from chefs Charles Cabell and Michael Zhao, offers half a dozen of Ireland’s best for a mere RMB88. Specializing in simple ‘classic eats’ and Bond-style cocktails, Husk has a spacious outdoor patio perfect for some al fresco oyster munching.
Where: 88 sushi bento, 1/F Andaz Shanghai Hotel, 88 Songshan Lu, by Taicang Lu
Tel: 2310 1700
Deal: Taste of Ocean Oyster Platter | RMB198 for 8 oysters, Sunday nights are buy-one-get-one
When: Daily for the platter, Sun nights for the buy-one-get-one
88 Sushi Bento is a Japanese sushi restaurant with a focus on fresh seafood, and the exquisitely simplistic flavours of Japanese cuisine. The ‘Taste of Ocean Oyster Platter’ comes with 8 pieces for a very reasonable RMB198, and is part of the buy-one-get-one free offer every Sunday night. Prices subject to a 15% service charge.
Where: Ubuka, Shanghai Centre, Room 122, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu
Tel: 6289 8122
Deal: Oysters & Sake Weekends | RMB198 6 Fine de Claire Oysters + house sake
When: All day every Sat & Sun
Located at the Portman Ritz-Carlton in the Shanghai Centre, Ubuka is a Japanese restaurant with a stylish interior, serving fresh seafood and speciality sake cocktails. Every Saturday and Sunday, buy 6 Fine De Claire oysters and a flask of house sake (300ml) for only RMB198, a good price and good location for guaranteed high quality oysters.
Where: The Brew, The Kerry Hotel, 1388 Huamu Lu, near Fangdian Lu
Tel: 6169 8888
Deal: Oyster Night at The Brew | 6 Fine De Claire no4 oysters for RMB99, 12 for RMB198, and 6 with a pint of Dugite Stout for RMB143
When: Every Fri & Sat, 5pm - 9pm
The Brew is an Australian craft brewery and pub, serving signature house beers and traditional pub classics. With nightly live music and entertainment on offer, this good time go-to's oyster deal sees half a dozen Fine De Claire No4 oysters for RMB99 and a dozen for RMB198. Quench your thirst with a pint of Dugite Stout, served with half a dozen of the same for RMB143.
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