Here are three great value lunch deals in Shanghai. Steak frites at Highline, Guizhou-inspired food at Oha Eatery and a global selection at Popot.


Highline

Address: 6/F, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu淮海中路282号雅诗阁公寓6楼, 近黄陂南路
Tel: 63330176
Hours: 11am-midnight

Highline, a modern American restaurant in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Modern American restaurant Highline just launched a new lunch menu, and the steak set is what you need to go for. Big plus is dining al fresco on the terrace while you soak up that downtown Xintiandi view. They’ve also just spruced up the terrace with a bunch of artificial cherry blossoms—one for the ‘gram if you’re into that.

Highline, a modern American restaurant in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The steak frites lunch set is ¥158 for 200g of New Zealand ribeye or striploin, or 180g of tenderloin. Comes with a soup or house garden salad and rosemary garlic fries.

Highline, a modern American restaurant in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
These are thin cuts. If you like a medium steak, maybe ask for medium rare. Excellent quality beef.
Highline, a modern American restaurant in Xintiandi, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Belgian Chocolate Tea Cake with hazelnut praline and caramel. Highly recommended.

There’s also the regular lunch set, three courses for ¥138. Lunch is from 11am-2:30pm.


Popot

Jing’an: 600 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Xinzha Lu 陕西北路600号, 近新闸路
Tel: 61428389
Xuhui: 406-1 Jianguo Xi Lu, near Yueyang Lu 建国西路406-1, 近岳阳路
Tel: 54488097
Hours: 9am-9pm

Popot, a French cafe in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Popot Jing’an

Popot is cozy café whose schtick is that all the food is served in jars. Cute gimmicks aside, the food is pretty good, and they recycle the jars. (If you order delivery or get them to-go, you get ¥2 back for every jar returned.)

Popot, a French cafe in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Popot Xuhui

There are two locations of Popot, the newer one is in Jing’an. The Xuhui location has a dog-friendly terrace. Food is mostly French-influenced, but also have a few globally-inspired dishes.

Lunch sets are ¥58 for one main and soup/salad or dessert, ¥78 for all three, add ¥28 for a glass of house wine. The kicker: get unlimited fresh baguette when you dine-in.

Popot, a French cafe in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Chicken Basquaise, espelette pepper and rice, lunch menu. Spicy and comforting.
Popot, a French cafe in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
They also have a new spring menu, featuring this delicious Singaporean seafood laksa (¥58). Thin vermicelli noodles in a spicy broth with tofu, hard boiled egg and prawns.
Popot, a French cafe in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Lamb Tajine (¥88) – Tender chunks of stewed lamb with couscous and zucchini. (Not on the lunch menu either, but definitely worth trying.)

Also available via delivery, minus the free-flow baguette, of course. Lunch sets available at both locations of Popot, Monday to Friday from 11:30am-1:30pm.


Oha Eatery

Address: 23 Anfu Lu, near Changshu Lu 安福路23号, 近常熟路
Tel: 13621647680
Hours: 12pm-2pm, 5pm-11pm

Oha Cafe & Eatery, a modern Guizhou restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Oha Cafe & Eatery is a cozy restaurant on Anfu Lu that serves experimental Guizhou food around a 20-seater bar. Dinner requires pre-booking, but lunch is still fairly easy to get a walk-in seat. Also a suitable spot for solo diners.

Lunch sets are served every day from 12-2pm. Three sets available, ¥58 per set, includes one main, house pickles and vegetables of the day. Mains will rotate, but these are currently on the menu:

Oha Cafe & Eatery, a modern Guizhou restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Chicken Noodles with sour radish and potato. The texture of these noods are great, sourced directly from Guizhou.
Oha Cafe & Eatery, a modern Guizhou restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Red Sour Curry Rice with housemade sausage and spiced flatbread.
Oha Cafe & Eatery, a modern Guizhou restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Fermented chili pork rice with soya sauce – my favorite of the three.