If you're a cash-strapped foodie and in Shanghai from 6-12 September, then your luck is in—the Shanghai arm of international restaurant website DiningCity are back with another edition of Restaurant Week, an event that premiered earlier this year.
The idea is they get a group of Shanghai's top notch eateries together to offer 3-course set menus for a fixed price, in this case, RMB 118 for lunch and RMB238 for dinner. Now that might not seem like cheap-as-chips cuisine in a city where a bowl of la mian on the street'll only set you back a couple of kuai, but fine-dining in Shanghai is a rather more expensive affair with average prices weighing in at RMB 350 per head at the lower end of the scale. The restaurant scene in Shanghai has exploded in recent years and though it's got a long way to go before being as finely-tuned as elsewhere in the world, there's a lot of exciting culinary talent to go around.
Looking at the caliber of restaurants they've got lined up for Restaurant Week, it does looks like an excellent excuse to scrub up and indulge in a fancy dinner. Several of the hottest spots participating offer fantastic views (M1NT, JW's California Grill), are along the Bund (Sir Elly's and Yi Long Court at The Peninsula, New Heights, Laris) or in historical buildings or landmarks (Sasha's, Kathleen's 5, Rosso Italiano at 1933), so you can even kid yourself into calling it sightseeing!
It's a limited seating, reservations only affair with booking available online through their website, Shanghai Restaurant Week, which opens for business from 10:00 a.m. August 17.