Shanghai loves a good trend. And oysters are currently topping the list of trendy things to eat in this city. Suitable for any occasion, be it a date night indulgence or satisfying an inexplicable craving, oyster restaurants have been popping up everywhere. 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 Wed & 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 Fine de Claire
When: Sun & Mon, 5pm-10pm
Every Sunday and Monday, The Nest is serving Fine de Claire oysters for RMB98 per dozen. Pair them with a few cocktails made with Grey Goose vodka and start the week off on a great note.
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: The Bull & Claw, 466 Xikang Lu, by Kangding Lu
Tel: 6266 6819
Deal: Oysterfest at The Bull and Claw | A dozen Irish oysters from RMB98
When: Every Sun - Thurs, 10pm-close
An upmarket take on the successful western chain ‘Burger and Lobster’, this surf and turf joint is offering a dozen chilled Irish oysters for RMB98. Served on a bed of shaved ice, and partnered with fresh lemon, Tabasco, and house vinaigrette, these are good old-fashioned classical oysters, in a very comfortable setting.
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.