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    • ADDRESS:
      URBN Hotel,
      1/F, 183 Jiaozhou Lu,
      near Beijing Lu
      胶州路183号, 近北京路
    • PHONE:
      5172 1300
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Jing'an
    • METRO:
      8 mins walk from Jing'an Temple
    • HOURS:
      Dinner:
      Sun-Wed, 6-10pm
      Thu-Fri, 6-10.30pm

      Lunch:
      Mon-Fri, 11am-2.30pm

      Brunch:
      Sat-Sun, 11am-3pm

      Breakfast:
      Daily, 6.30-10.30am
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$ $$
    • WEB:
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Downstairs is a casual, straightforward restaurant with an eco-twist, conceived by David Laris for the eco-chic people of the Urbn Hotel. Aside from the "green" angle, you're left with a restaurant that is a casually stylish place to eat. The wine list is eminently reasonable. A little less than half of the 50+ bottles are under 300rmb.
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    ARCHIVED EVENTS

    • Afernoon Tea

      A three-tiered platter of carefully prepared savory bites, mini hamburgers, cakes and puddings served alongside a range of teas and coffee. Served from Sunday to Friday: 2:30-5:30pm through December 31,2013. 98rmb.
      • NOT TAGGED | Downstairs | Daily until Dec 31 2013
      • 2013-10-18 Finished
    • Express

      Downstairs with David Laris is offering a midweek express “Barbie” lunch for only 88rmb per person. This includes an all you can eat fresh organic salad bar with a choice of protein cooked on the BBQ. Choose from Australian Sirloin,...
      • NOT TAGGED | Downstairs | Daily until Sep 30 2013
      • 2013-08-22 Finished
    • Weekend BBQ Brunch

      Downstairs' with David Laris is doing an outdoor BBQ with a selection of oysters, imported sustainable cod, Australian beef and fresh organic salads with accompaniments for 200rmb per person. Add 100rmb and get unlimited URBN Punch, a...
      • NOT TAGGED | Downstairs | Daily
      • 2013-07-20 Finished
    • Four 3-Course Set Menus with Wine From RMB98 at Downstairs with David Laris (Aug. 24 to Sep. 1)

      Downstairs with David Laris is participating in the Shanghai Wine Week and will be offering four 3-course set menus with up to 10 Schuler wines to sample for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended. Book here .
      • NOT TAGGED | Downstairs | Daily until Sep 1 2013
      • 2013-08-24 Finished
    • Organic Coffee @ URBN...Free!

      From now until the end of August, get a take-away coffee at URBN Hotel, and get the second for free. Available before Mon-Fri before 11am.
      • NOT TAGGED | Downstairs | Daily until Aug 31 2013
      • 2013-08-22 Finished
  • Urbn Redemption
    For Downstairs on October 25, 2014
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    8fullhours
    Joined May 17, 2012
    Posted 6 Reviews
    I’ve been a frequent visitor of Downstairs for the past 2+ years. I love the ambiance and eco concept, but have been consistently unimpressed with a shocking lack of basic culinary skills ranging from bland dinners, a lasagna which quite frankly insulted me as an Italian and cold, overpriced breakfasts. But I love the spot, friendly staff and am a huge fan of any commitment towards sustainability. The relatively cheap drink menu (given Urbn is one of the most expensive hotels in Shanghai) helps too.

    I visited Downstairs a few days ago after its recent revamp. It’s no longer called Downstairs (but Beer Grdn) and is COMPLETELY different. The indoor area has been divided into two parts: a sleek, dining area with tables and chairs (no more couches) and a section in front of the kitchen which seems to have been modeled after a diner. I wasn’t a fan of the neon green writing in this part, but the rest works.

    To me, the new outdoors looks stunning. Imagine a wedding venue inside a greenhouse, take away the tacky and replace it with draft beer stalls and chic furniture, and you have it. One glance at the menu told me the chef had definitely changed. The new menu is largely Italian-inspired, covering pizza, cheese and cold cut platters and a variety of other snacks such as calamari. The new drink menu has an extensive list of beers (especially bottled) along with a fair selection on draft.

    My friend and I ordered a spicy eggplant pizza, two wines and two beers, and a cold cut platter, which came to around 350 RMB. The pizza was delicious. It wasn’t overly large and a single person could finish it, not too thick and the ingredients were fresh. Much better than pizzas served in other bars going for the more casual crowd. I think the cold cut platter had four or five different meats, most of which were really good.

    What must be new management also was polite and friendly, checking in on us throughout the meal and asking for our opinions on the new layout.

    As if I wasn’t already overwhelmed enough by good food at my favorite spot which I have WAITED for, one final detail had me sold: right behind the beer bar near the back, there is an odd, circular light with rays coming out of it – I thought it was meant to. As I later looked closer, my inner nerd was fondly caressed by what surrounded the light: Super Sayian Goku is blasting out a flash of light – and the light in the wall is Goku’s ball. A lot of places have retro themes and Urbn does the same with the surrounding areas, but actually taking Dragonball Z characters and working your lighting scheme in accordance to their discharges of blinding light? Take me now.

    Only negative is that the indoor no longer seems an ideal place to do work during the daytime. Stil, a huge thumbs up to the new Urbn. Add a happy hour and we will be best friends. Actually let me rephrase: we will be best friends, so please add a happy hour.
    Dank Steak Experience
    For Downstairs on July 7, 2014
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    globaltraveller
    Joined Oct 15, 2007
    Posted 8 Reviews
    Sunday evening at around 18h30 walked (well, almost slid on the moss covered cobblestones) into the courtyard of Downstairs of the UBAN to try out their touted biggest steak in town….Why have an entrance leading to the courtyard seating area, if there is no one to greet and seat you?

    After finally grabbing the attention of Eric a rather friendly waiter, (closeted in cool air conditioned restaurant ), we sat at the square tables in the courtyard, with the most ridiculous low chair to height ratio of the table, only after acquiring two cushions from the adjacent sofas, managed to sit comfortably.

    Our meal consisting of two sirloin steaks, “not quite the biggest steaks in town" I might add, one ordered with mustard, the other with Béarnaise sauce (the avocado lady must be out of tarragon), as the Béarnaise was distinctly lacking in any of the traditional ingredients.

    When asking Eric if he served the wrong accompaniment, no this is how the chef makes the sauce….Rule 1 never argue with a chef, or should it be, make the correct sauce as advertised chef, especially if you’re an expat chef, Hollandaise is the foundation of many sauces and you go from there..

    Halfway through the meal, we were offered mosquito repellant? With all the greenery and moss, why not have the ubiquitous mosquito coils burning or citronella bushes grown, which ward off mosquitos.

    Since the inception of UBAN and Downstairs, I have witnessed the constant revolving change of food and beverage operators at the property, the only one to my mind that got it right was in the early days, and now one is left with another inspired failure it appears.

    Like many prior reviews of Downstairs at UBAN, another mediocre experience I am afraid.

    If you want the biggest steaks in town, buy them yourself from the Butchers shop opposite the avocado lady, and cook them at home for a better experience.
    Disappointing
    For Downstairs on May 17, 2014
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    joyfulgrrrl
    Joined Jul 22, 2011
    Is Canadian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Like a few others have said before me, it used to be one of my favorite go to brunch/lunch places because I live nearby and the ambiance is so nice. Haven't been in awhile because it was closed for renos or something. I had made a reservation. We were seated - fine. Menu - um, sure if we were there for a liquid brunch. Waited at least 15 minutes for someone to come over to see if we wanted to order. No one did until we called them over. We promptly sked for a food menu. Fine. Wait another 10 minutes for someone to come over. We had to call her over again. Ordered a large coffee (extra 15rmb) and an eggs bene, which they creatively call 'poached eggs' with hollandaise. After about another 10 minutes we receive our 'large' size coffees - they are in a tea cup! 38+15 rmb for this!? Total BS. Our meals come and they look very nice. My friend had ordered the baked beans, which she later made the comment - "I don't think baked beans are supposed to be al dente." Snort. My eggs bene was good except I've never had an egg burst water when I've gone to slice into it. And at a pricey 98 rmb, a little extra side dish something-or-other would have been a decent thing to see. Nope just English muffin, eggs, spinach, and sauce. After eating we waited and chatted, waited and chatted until I finally had to wave my arm way out into the aisle as the girl was walking towards us. Do you think she saw it? Nope. Had to call out to her to get the bill. Shocking. Won't be back.
    Urbn Crap
    For Downstairs on May 7, 2014
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    Digiheadz
    Joined Oct 26, 2012
    Posted 3 Reviews
    So we decided to spend a good lunch and try downstair. The whole concept of URBN Hotel is quite interesting and having been there before, I thought it would be a decent place for it.

    We took on the set lunch which looked quite promising. Easy enough menu. The restaurant wasn't that filled, maximum 10 person. With 5 staff on the floor and another 4 in the kitchen we thought somehow we would be in good hands.

    That was short sighted form our part. We got NONE of our appetizer after 40 minutes and then they bring us our main course. We ask where is our appetizer and here we go, the staff got completely confuse. Took the main course away and instead of asking us what we want, they took our dish and gave it to someone else.

    This place is run like a bad pre-opening with super un-skilled staff. All this happening while all the other staff just stared at us, and yet no food in our stomach. Serious problem in this hotel's wannabe restaurant.

    How can you have more staff than customer but give such a bad service.

    Definitely not to be recommended. It is plain bad from beginning to the end.
    Still Hopeful
    For Downstairs on March 14, 2014
    Value for Money
    Suitable for ...
    The Food
    A Date
    The Drinks
    With Family
    The Service
    Business Dinner
    Atmosphere
    With Friends
    8fullhours
    Joined May 17, 2012
    Posted 6 Reviews
    I really, really want this place to work. I love Urbn's whole concept: its atmosphere, its commitment to sustainability, its creative, classy decor, the bamboo decoration... I could go on. I've always been surprised at Downstairs' reasonable prices - given the rooms at the hotel are notoriously pricy, I was surprised that you can get a glass of wine for ~50 RMB (bottles start around the 250 - 300 range), cocktails in the ~60 range, and brunch options within 100 RMB.

    Unfortunately every time I went in 2013 (about 4 or 5 times) I was really disappointed by the food, the exception being a beetroot salad which was really tasty. Pasta was stale, the lasagna quite frankly was appalling and tasted microwaved, and the desserts tasted like they'd just been defrosted. Brunch was slightly better - I liked a pancake / crepe which came with organic quail eggs. They also used to have a martini deal on Wednesdays (3 martinis for 100 RMB) which has since then stopped.

    I wanted to check the place out after its recent revamp. The drinks are really reasonable (~35 RMB for a cointreau on the rocks) and the service was friendlier than ever. I was sweaty and in gym clothes when I went to in to make a reservation and look around, expecting them to be a little disapproving, but they were not only polite but really warm.

    Both times I've been for drinks the place has been relatively quiet (including Saturday night).The service was excellent and the bartenders spoke great English. I have't tried the food yet, but I'm going to give it another try. I think it's a great date place - music doesn't play loudly and it's easy to converse, the service is great and its high ceilings and decor give you that je ne sais quoi. I could sit at the bar and just look around.

    If any URBN staff read this, I would really suggest updating the website more. Last year boards could frequently be seen outside the entrance which advertised different events or promotions going on at Downstairs and these were additionally displayed on the up-to-date website. There's no way for people to know what's going on. For example, on here it says there's a happy hour... is that true? I think a little marketing could go a long way if they want to add a little bustle to the restaurant / bar.

    I plan to try the food again soon and I will write another review once I do. For now, Downstairs' eco mission, atmosphere and proximity to my house are what keep me coming back. I'd really love to see a little more outreach on their side - it's a competitive area and the bar / restaurant can't be making too much money at the moment, despite its beautiful setting and great service.
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