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Urban Thai 2
    • ADDRESS:
      393 Dagu Road,
      near Chengdu Bei Lu
      大沽路393号, 近成都北路
    • BOOK:
    • PHONE:
      6327 1800
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      People's Square
    • METRO:
      15 mins walk from South Huangpi Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11am-10pm
    • CARDS:
      -
    • WEB:
    • OPENED:
      Unknown. Listed since Mar 2014
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      A larger second branch of Urban Thai, with a contemporary, moody design. They serve up Thai staples like green curry, basil stir fry, and pad thai. They've got a variety of beachy cocktails and thai teas on the menu too. Lunch sets start at 68rmb.
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    • After my disappointing experience trying to get Thai food the previous day (see my review earlier this month for Masse), I was still craving Thai cuisine. This is how I made my way to Urban Thai on Dagu Road for a do-over, and thankfully, I got what I was looking for. 

      We showed up at 3pm on a Sunday, so we were the only ones eating. Decor is relatively refined and Thai-influenced but isn't stuffy at all. The lighting was a bit dark for me but would probably have been fine for a dinner. The server was attentive and quick, and food came out of the kitchen very quickly. We ordered a green mango salad, pad thai, penang curry and pork with basil. To summarize concisely:

      Mango salad: Was refreshing and tasty, with good seasoning. My only complaint is that the green mango itself wasn't particularly flavorful; the taste of the dish was mostly coming from the dressing. 

      Pad thai: Was exactly what I was looking for. The sauce was rich and savory but not too sweet, the shrimp were perfectly cooked (plump and juicy) and the slice of lime squeezed over the noodles cut through the savory sauce and provided perfect balance for the dish. This is the standard of pad thai I'm looking for when I crave pad thai. 

      Penang curry: Was a knockout dish as well. The spices, coconut milk, and chilis were perfectly balanced. The chicken was soft and the sauce was rich and unctuous, filling your whole mouth with flavor that would linger for a while after just a single bite. 

      Stir-fried pork with basil: I didn't enjoy this dish. The pork mince was stir-fried in relatively large chunks and the basil leaves were oil-fried and sprinkled over the top of the pork, instead of being mixed in with the pork mince. The pork itself was very greasy and the fried basil leaves had no flavor whatsoever...only texture, so they added nothing to what was basically a dish of greasy stir-fried pork. It was an odd dish to serve, considering how far off it is from the way this dish is served in Thailand, and also considering how good the rest of the food was. This one bad dish resulted in my final assessment of 4 stars instead of 5. 

      The final bill came out to about 280 RMB for 2, which is pretty normal for Thai food in Shanghai, so no complaints here. Almost everything was tasty and the price is lower than the likes of Mi Thai, Thai Gallery, or Home Thai, which are my other well-visited Thai haunts around down. I'm sure I'll be back. 

       

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    ARCHIVED EVENTS

    • 1RMB Chang Beer

      Eat green curry, get an almost free beer. Not a bad deal for Dad. Available 14-16.
      • Dining | Urban Thai 2 | Daily until Jun 16 2019
      • 2019-06-14 Finished
    • Free Milo for Kids

      Children's Day in Thai is translated as "Wan Dek." Urban Thai wants t spoil the kiddos with something sweet, chocolaty, but also beneficial to their growth (also, it's a great treat for adults too). Order any Milo or Ovaltine for...
      • Dining | Urban Thai 2 | on Sat Jun 1 2019
      • 2019-06-01 Finished
    • Mother's Day

      Moms get cash vouchers to use at DVA Boutique Spa (valued at 100rmb or 200rmb) when they brunch at Urban Thai, and everyone gets a BOGO deal on fresh coconuts. First come, first serve.
      • Dining | Urban Thai 2 | Daily until May 12 2019
      • 2019-05-11 Finished
    • Songkran Party

      SONGKRAN PARTY, from 8pm till late. 60rmb will get you 2 drinks: house lager, house wine, and Phuket mojito (their signature cocktail). They'll be groovy music and a bunch of people to get you in the party mood. And since they can't be...
      • Dining | Urban Thai 2 | on Sat Apr 13 2019
      • 2019-04-13 Finished
    • Free Glass of Wine

      All ladies get a complimentary glass of wine and flower when dining in for lunch or dinner in honor of Women's Day.
      • Dining | Urban Thai 2 | on Fri Mar 8 2019
      • 2019-03-08 Finished
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