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    • ADDRESS:
      91 Changshu Lu,
      near Changle Lu
      常熟路91号, 近长乐路
    • PHONE:
      5403 8513
    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      4 mins walk from Jing'an Temple
    • HOURS:
      11am-midnight
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • WEB:
      -
    • HAPPY HOUR:
      Everyday from 5pm-7pm, Piro hosts "buy-one-get-one-free" on bottled beers and cheap draft by the pint -- 25rmb Tiger; 35rmb Stella.
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Piro is a pub and American eatery specializing in big American portions of Western classics – big list of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, breakfasts, and more. It’s a relaxed and laid-back environment -- pet-friendly no less -- with a loyal crowd of expats there for the food, sports on TV, and beers. The place is popular for its rotating specials on food and drink, including its Monday night burger deal: buy a burger from 5pm to 10pm and get a free pint of Stella.
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      Cinco de Mayo Weekend Brunch

      Piro on Changshu Lu does brunch for Cinco de Mayo. 200rmb gets you a tex-mex buffet with endless margaritas, sangria, Coronas. RSVP and only pay 180rmb.
      Dining | Piro | Every Sat, Sun until May 5 |
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      Burger Mondays

      Piro restaurant throws its hat into the ever-widening Monday-night burger deal ring. Order one burger and get a free pint of Stella Artois and your choice of steak fries or salad.
      NOT TAGGED | Piro | daily |
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      Piro Annual Christmas Dinner 2013

      American family-style dinner with roasted turkey, holiday ham, eggnog and desserts at Piro on Christmas eve. 400rmb for adults includes all you can eat and free-flow alcohol and other drinks. 100rmb for kids under 12. there will be two...
      NOT TAGGED | Piro | on Tue Dec 24 2013 |
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      Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

      Complete American family style dinner with roasted turkey, holiday ham, eggnog, and decadent desserts. 400rmb per adult for all all-you-can-eat and free-flow beverages and alcohol. 100rmb for kids under 12. The event is booked out every...
      NOT TAGGED | Piro | on Thu Nov 28 2013 |
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      Beer Margarita Tuesdays

      Every Tuesday at Piro, 35rmb gets you a beer margarita. That's two shots of tequila, lemon-lime and a Mexican beer. Available 5-10pm every Tuesday until the end of September.
      NOT TAGGED | Piro | daily |
  • I always said Piro had tasty burgers
    For Piro on August 31, 2014
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    TSkillet
    Joined Mar 18, 2007
    Posted 14 Reviews
    and that it was the other things that would drag Piro down. Namely the worst service of any restaurant in Shanghai. Many afternoons of waving and waving and waving down wait staff to change, correct, chase after orders, send things led to me to cross Piro off my restaurant list.

    So fast forward to another lazy Saturday and I'm lying on my couch, shirtless of course. A/C blasting. And I want a burger. But I'm tired of the usual choices. So I dial up Sherpas (or pull them up on the old iPad) and click through to Piro's.

    Hey - here's how I can experience the joy of eating a Piro's burger without having to suffer through their terrible service. So I order a couple of things and put the iPad down and get back to my marathon of 'Halt and Catch Fire'

    45 minutes later, the order shows up. Thank the Sherpas guy and tip him 10 RMB for his trouble, unwrap the burger. Hmmm, looks great. Smells awesome. Take a bite. Whoa. Is this steak tartare? Despite the nice burger grilling and crust, it is completely raw inside.

    Now, I'm not afraid of a little rare beef. My recipe for steak is "walk a cow through the dining room, show it a picture of a fire, carve and serve." But this was like straight out of the meat grinder and onto the bun raw. I cooked off the burger myself with a little pan frying, but seriously. It was completely uncooked.

    Never again Piro!
    Piro times is like the greatness of mind-bending decor
    For Piro on October 23, 2013
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    Wordimus_Maxabillion
    Joined Sep 16, 2013
    Is Canadian
    Posted 5 Reviews
    Wordimus has messed up. Wordimus has offended humanity. Wordimus has done the worst possible thing in the entire world, by “trying to be funny but not actually being funny” (Wahhhhhh!). So Wordimus has spent 16 days and 15 nights bathing in saltiness of own tears, poured from thy own tear ducts (a.k.a. “tear ducts”). On the day of the 16th night, Wordimus arose from slumber of griefing to find serious chafing on private parts.

    The chafing of private parts is more of the heart-shattering and of the soul-hurting than mean words could ever be. Even aloe and lots of kinds of lotions be not working. So whilst sprinting with vigorness around the streets, prospect of future happiness was of the not-bright…in fact, it was of the somewhat dim. Until Piro came into sight. And the smells of big fat beefiness makes heart of Wordimus of the happiness times and private parts of Wordimus of the slightly less chafed.

    Is there anything else that could soothe the soul-damage of Wordimus? That could turn Minibillion back into Maxabillion? No. Heck of the no. Heck of the gosh darned no. With amazingness crispiness goldenular potato-fried fries in greatness portions. With lots of delicious juiciness flowing from substantialness of the burgers. With tastiness of maple chipotle sauce making sweet sexy-times with the tastebuds of thy mouth. Plates obtained from the waiter-men and waiter-women of the place called Piro is similar to thy volcano's of deliciousness, threatening to explode with tastiness of greatness and other some such.

    Piro is of the awesome. Castle awesome-times is of the slightly lower-ranked in worldwide ranking of awesome places whenst compared to of the Piro. It is of the best for mending hearts and soothing parts. That is the word of Wordimus.

    P.S.
    yeast-like bread-sheets
    Love Piro
    For Piro on November 30, 2011
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    niuyueren
    Joined May 16, 2011
    Posted 4 Reviews
    Piro is a great place to sit back have a cold tiger and a delicious and reasonably priced burger. The staff is friendly, even if they may be inexperienced, but its not a gourmet restaurant, its a burger joint, and a delicious one at that. They keep the beers and the peanuts coming and thats all that matters. Burger selection is great, much more inventive that most places. In'n'out style burger, juicy lucy, etc..

    Most of the complaints seem to be focused on brunch, which i havent tried, but I eat at Piro a few times a month and always leave satisfied.
    Like watching a wreck in slow motion
    For Piro on November 18, 2011
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    yunzhi
    Joined May 7, 2010
    Posted 1 Reviews
    We went to Piro as a group of four last Sunday for brunch. We were seated promptly and got our drinks as requested, but soon after things started to fall apart. The one-hour mark was fast approaching and there wasn't a dish in sight. We were told by the assistant manager that our plates were up next and he apologized for not informing us earlier. About 15 minutes later, plates started showing up at our table, however when they were given to us we were told by the staff member, "uh, sorry I don't know what this is, but here" and he set our plates down. We were really disappointed by the lack of presentation and preparation, especially after they had more than hour to get the food ready. The "frittatas" we ordered were browned, overdone, unseasoned and all-around bland. They were, in fact, not even fritattas. They were overpriced 55 rmb omelettes! My friend's chicken salad was dressed with a dressing he didn't request and didn't come with the side of fruit that they already came back twice to ask him about. We were informed by a staff member that we would be given an order of french toast as an apology and after we accepted we were told that it was just an order of french toast that never went out because "another table of customers got up and left." A few minutes later the same staff member came out to tell us that he "lied" and that the french toast already went to another table. Okay... The last dish that was supposed to be on its way out was a "grilled cheese sandwich." Rocket science, right? Well, it never came... we're still waiting for it. We asked to talk to the manager and she offered us free food but we refused in fear that'd we be stuck at the restaurant waiting even longer for more food. She acknowledged the problems and offered to give us brunch on the house as a consolation. We honestly regret our decision to try Piro out for brunch. Not recommended, really.
    So much for the American brunch
    For Piro on October 9, 2011
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    memorialv
    Joined Apr 24, 2011
    Posted 2 Reviews
    This weekend's a bit confusing since it's technically a weekend, but also a working day. On the website, Piro is marketed as serving American brunch starting today, which was my main reason for going. Well not this Sunday. No pancakes or French toast but all other items were available.

    Ordered the chicken/bacon sandwich lunch set while my friend got the salmon fritata. Hash brown and my sandwich bread was hard as a rock! It was a workout trying to eat it so eventually gave up on the bread. The rest was alright and my friend's fritata was decent, nothing special.

    Tempted to try the brunch for real next time, but not sure it'll be worth the trip if they don't ease off the toaster. Friendly staff, however.
    Piro-drama
    For Piro on July 28, 2011
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    let_me_help
    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    Is American
    Posted 7 Reviews
    Piro-drama (urban dictionary that one folks!)

    Burgers? here? If it's Monday, you might as well stick to Malones for their 50rmb burger and beer deal. Went here and didn't get a beer until I was more than half way finished with my burger. And I asked 3 times before they started acting on it - service a bit slow, perhaps it's the language barrier? The burger meat was not that great - there was just nothing spectacular about it. It was like rain on the 4th of July in Virginia Beach - not okay.
    My friend however got pancakes and Wow did they come out well! Maybe Piro should change their angle and go for breakfast food instead of trying to promote a special burger deal.
    There's nothing too special about the decor, but the number of animals they have laying around that place makes me question the sanitation. There are cats and dogs running in and out of the place and just passed out all about. It is nice they have an outside area to relax though.
    Expect an adventure
    For Piro on July 4, 2011
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    algo713
    Joined Apr 4, 2010
    Is American
    Posted 2 Reviews
    I've never felt so compelled to write a restaurant review until now. This place seemed more like a family eatery than anything else. Both times I came here, the manager and staff were playing with the family cat, which they allowed to roam all over the place. (I didn't see anybody washing any hands anywhere.) Food came horrendously slow, about half an hour's wait, on a night when there was hardly anybody else. Even the water came at turtle pace. The cheeseburger, I have to admit, was exceptional, and well worth the money (58RMB) and at least half the hassle. It tasted very "fresh" -- freshly grilled (patty), freshly toasted (bun), freshly cut (vegetables). Aside from the cheeseburger, the other half of my plate was heaped generously with fruit salad (my choice of side), which contained no less than six different kinds of fruit. The mozzarella sticks, on the other hand, tasted like rubber and probably came out of a box. The poultine came in a huge platter and was served with plenty of melted cheese and gravy -- I expected no less for an appetizer that cost just about as much as my burger. As for dessert -- well, I asked for a dessert menu, and they pointed me to the pancake section. Go figure. The servers here speak very little English. We asked for the check (in Mandarin) and after ten minutes, when there was still no check forthcoming, we had to go up to the register ourselves. In short: come here with a healthy appetite and an even healthier mindset and you'll be good.
    My new local
    For Piro on July 4, 2011
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    johnotoole
    Joined Oct 17, 2008
    Is American
    Posted 7 Reviews
    I confess that my title is a bit of misnomer, as I was actually living across the street when this place opened in its first incantation: "mingle" I vaguely remember signs about the "Fat Bitch" sandwich with the word "Fat" written huge, which, well, reduced my desire to try it out.

    After 6 months or so, more than a few of my friends had spoken well about the burger, and the place is right around the corner from my work, so I figured it was good a place as any for a late lunch and some wifi. I got the All-American Breakfast sandwich and was quite impressed. No, this is not the finest meal I have ever eaten, nor could it be described in any way as "gourmet," "ground-breaking," or "creative." It can however, be described as really tasty. I've since tried the burgers, the pancakes, and a couple other things. There are, to be sure, some misses, but the food is overall good American grub, with healthy portions and a healthy helping of nostalgia for my college-era self. Beers, sodas, coffees are all well priced, and their drinks selection is admirable for such a small shop.

    The staff is definitely green, but very helpful and very friendly. They could definitely use some training in the specifics, but it's clear that when these guys were hired they were told something akin to: "the customer comes first, always be helpful, polite, and smiling, and if you can't help the customer, grab a manager who can." This is all excellent advice and a good start to good service staff.

    As with everything and everywhere else, it's not perfect, but it's a great place for a mid-day brew, an odd-hours meal, or a serious e-mail session with wifi and coffee.
    Once Upon a Time in the French Concession
    For Piro on June 9, 2011
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    joshuamt
    Joined Aug 31, 2008
    Posted 12 Reviews
    Ever seen "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"? Italian director, filmed on location in Spain, yet somehow those elements melted into something quintessentially American.

    If Piro were a film, it would share that dynamic with the 'Man With no Name' trilogy: Hong Kong owners, the restaurant's black signage set in one of the French Concession's newly polished-up strip shopping malls (@Changle Lu/Changshu Lu), and yet the restaurant-bar's flaming heart burns fervently Americano.

    I've indulged in the restaurant repeatedly now (the film too, for that matter), and would tell everyone to give both a try-- they may not be your thing, but you could also quite likely find yourself hooked. Based on my five-odd trips there, my reasons why.

    The Good:

    -Kitchen open daily until 11pm (at the earliest).

    -Juicy meat cooked-to-order: Cheeseburger with caramelized onions for RMB58 (incl fried potatoes, salad or fruit bowl); Roast Beef and Guac sandwich for RMB 85 (same sides as the burger) that makes for a happy leftover treat the next afternoon; and my fave, a Thursday-night-special offering RMB138 for a serious and filling Aussie steak, fries, salad and a pint of Stella (or glass of wine).

    -Stella always on tap for RMB45, and outdoor seating around which to guzzle.

    -My bowl-of-chili cravings (RMB35) can stop reminiscing about City Diner evenings of beer, beans and spicy meat after a day at the office. That said, Piro's chili isnt thick enough or up to that quality yet (hint: a dollop of sour cream and grated cheese on top go a long way).

    -All-day breakfast, including the decidedly un-Cowboy "Happy Buddha Fluffy Frittata" (eggs with veggies baked in:tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, etc...) for RMB55 (incl fried potatoes, salad or fruit bowl). I also snagged tastes of my girlfriend's scrumptious full-stack (that's 3 discs) of Queen's Crown pancakes for RMB45.

    -Fruit bowls with diced, rather than cubed, fruit pieces, which allows for more fruit in the cup than you find at many other places around town (maybe a minor point, but it makes me happier to get extra fruit with my brekkie or slab of meat).

    The Bad:

    -Ok, so just like the film, certain aspects of Piro need be judged with patience and understanding. I've experienced a few service slip-ups (syrup wasnt served with pancakes; one bill showed a charge for beer that should have been included with the special), and occasionally the resto-bar hasn't decided onto which side of that combo it wishes to lean (a trite example: music sometimes too loud for my taste, other times no music at all). BUT, every problem was very satisfactorily handled, and with a smile, immediately upon it being brought to the staff's attention. This place is constantly improving!

    -The breakfasts just aren't comprehensively up to the standards of the lunch/dinner meals. For example, the whipped cream served with pancakes and french toast is not sweet enough. Also, the french toast and pancakes are good (and available all day long) but not "So light and fluffy it's like biting into a cloud", as the menu proclaims.

    -Tex-Mex offerings are decent, but don't satisfy this Texan.

    -What's with the toasted slices of bread with the meals? Where are some quality rolls, now that they're finally available from numerous bakers around town?

    The Ugly:

    -I understand that the All-Day Breakfast will soon be offered only on weekends.

    -Um, and they have a sandwich about which I am not yet initiated that is truly called "The Fat Bitch", which envelops into an RMB88-priced wrap, rotund as a junior-sized American Football (that's NFL not FIFA), ALL of Philly Cheese Steak, Grilled Chicken Breast, Bacon, Mozzarella Sticks, French Fries, Caramalized Onion and Avocado, with cheese sauce on top (and still served with the regular sandwhich sides). Ahh, Blondie!
    A Beautiful Disaster
    For Piro on May 3, 2011
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    juniper84721
    Joined May 25, 2010
    Posted 1 Reviews
    So I have to admit that my husband, a friend, and I visited Piro because of all the "it's so bad it's good" reviews. And I admit that we had a fun time laughing at all the zaniness. But at the end of the day, I was at least hoping the food would be good enough to overcome the bad service - nope.

    FYI: Piro advertises on Smart Shanghai that they offer an "American Brunch" deal on Saturday and Sunday, along with 30rmb Wasabi Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Be warned that NONE OF THESE DEALS ACTUALLY EXIST. We were told the brunch deal "only happened on weekdays" (the complete opposite of what they advertise - and I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that they wouldn't give you the deal during the week either).

    It started when we sat at a beautiful outside table. After perusing the menu for a few moments, a man sidled up to our table. "Hmm?" he mumbled. Since he was wearing streetclothes and didn't actually say any intelligible words to us, my husband took a guess that he worked there and asked for a Wasabi Bloody Mary. "Umm, let me see if we have that," the waiter? manager? owner? said. He came back with a "Bloody Mary" that consisted of pulverized tomatoes.

    Now, when you add pulverized tomatoes to vodka and wasabi, the contents immediately separate - I did not know this. Now I do. Needless to say, it was unpleasant to look at and even more upleasant to drink. My husband couldn't stand it and just gave up part way through.When I asked for a Mimosa, the guy asked me how to make it. Seriously.

    A Chinese waitress then came to take our order. My friend had given her his order, I was half way through giving mine, when the waitress just walked away. Not a word was said, she just walked away. Our table sat there in bewilderment, then flagged down the guy who had gotten our drinks.

    He took our orders all over again, then shrugged his shoulders and said, "Well, they're Chinese, let's see if you get anything you order, huh?" Good to know they have so much respect for their waitstaff.

    We eventually did get our orders. As for the "amazing" pancakes a certain someone raved about on this very site (*cough* friend of the manager *cough*), well - I have honestly (and this is not hyperbole, I promise) NEVER tasted such bad pancakes in my life. They were cold, about as thin as a few sheets of paper stuck together, dense, and crumbly. The "whipped cream" had an oddly salty taste to it. They were inedible, so I stuck to my scrambled eggs and bacon, the latter of which was actually quite good.

    So, definitely go and have a laugh if you're willing to blow 100rmb/person for entertainment. Kind of glad I did it once because it was a bit surreal, but I won't be wasting my money (or time) again.
    Wacky
    For Piro on April 26, 2011
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    Sammy 6000
    Joined Jan 9, 2009
    Is British
    Posted 4 Reviews
    Food aside this place is just so bizarre. Definitely worth checking out just to feel like you are in the midst of the filming of an episode of Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmare. The service is so fun/funny/crazy.. The manager guy is really nice, but at the same time his bumbling and far-fetched excuses when something go wrong (which always happens!) are really cool and weird.
    Everything about the place is just a little off kilter from the cats at your feet (I love cats but it's just strange in a restaurant) to the decor (schizophrenic and dark) to the logo outside (looks like some kind of logo for steampunk fan-fiction).
    The burgers, when they get them right, are really pretty tasty and great value. The rest of the menu... well I'd stick with the burgers.
    The whole place is the gastronomic equivalent of riding the bund tourist tunnel, really weird, fun and confusing but in the end well meaning and sweet.
    In the style of Gordon Ramsey, I would scream at them to shorten the menu, fix up the interior a bit while they were sleeping, I'd shout in their confused yet defiant looking faces about the cats, and finally make them change the name to "something" burger. Focus on what your good at!
    This is how you make an Animal-style burger
    For Piro on April 14, 2011
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    quantum.cooney
    Joined Jul 2, 2010
    Posted 3 Reviews
    I think that Piro definitely has potential and that the owners are definitely trying dang hard to make it work. At the same time, there's several things that really need to be addressed, and I'm going to start with the easiest one: If you're going to advertise that you have an In'n'Out Animal Style Burger, actually make it recognizably close to the original.

    You don't have far to go, Piro! Your burger patty is fantastic, your buns are perfectly toasted (I like them brown on top)... and I'm not expecting something exactly the same as In'n'Out - I'm not an impossible person to please.

    BUT, an Animal Style has this in it:
    * Mustard-cooked patty (you did this)
    * Diced onions MIXED with melted cheese and a heapload of that 1000 islands dressing/pink sauce thing they have going. (you did not do this)

    That gooey thick mess of deliciousness is what makes the Animal Burger the Animal Burger. If you only do the mustard part, that's called a Mustard Grilled.

    When I hear you've gotten that right, I'll be back again. Until then, I wait before I heard to Piro again.

    P.S. Also: please don't put black pepper sauce in the poutine, or at least warn people that that's your special twist.
    P.P.S. I quite liked your crazy nachos.
    P.P.P.S. I love cats, but they have a tendency to run underfoot, and one of your cats is an easily crushable kitten. This frightens me.
    Bizarre Burgers
    For Piro on March 24, 2011
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    joshatkin
    Joined Mar 21, 2011
    Is British
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Being a Brit, I'm quite literally mad for beef, and as such my desire to tuck into a good old fashioned hamburger has always been high. Unfortunately the disappointing selection Shanghai offers has somewhat quashed this enthusiasm.

    Nonetheless learning of Piro filled me with excitement. Here was a joint lavished with praise by some rival publications to this website. It housed reasonably priced food, and a chef daring enough to try replicate the mecca of hamburgers; In-N-Out's Animal Style Burger.
    Arriving at the venue I was slightly caught off guard. Was it the gothic branding of the restaurant's logo? Perhaps the non de-script décor which seemed adopted from a previous iteration of this space? Or was it the borderline awkward enthusiasm of the restaurant's two owners?

    The answers to these questions I'm still trying to work out, but I can categorically state - Piro does not feel like a burger joint. That said, the food is decent, if slightly underwhelming. There are roughly 5 burgers on the menu ranging from a classic Cheeseburger to more loaded options like the Chilli cheese or indeed the Animal Style replica.

    Being a burger purist, I struggle to enjoy anything other than a griddled patty, and while these flame grilled numbers successfully create a smoky, barbecued taste, they are acceptable but not spectacular. A griddled burger ensures a crisp coating to the meat which is simply not possible via this method. That said, the meat was fresh and not frozen, which should be commended.

    In addition to the meat itself a good burger should also pay close attention to the following elements; bun, lettuce and cheese.
    My first visit Piro offered a no nonsense burger bun which is absolutely fine with me. Lightly toasted on the inside, the bread was still soft enough to soak up excess burger juice. Unfortunately my second visit saw a change in bun which was crumbly, over toasted and spoilt the overall enjoyment of the burger itself.

    In terms of the lettuce, Piro use a flat leaf lettuce with little to no crunch. A crunchy lettuce balances out the softness of the meat and that key stage of the burger bite is lost here. For the cheese, Piro used a cheddar cheese in both the Cheeseburger and Animal Style. I know we’re not exactly in the land of dairy goodness, but processed cheese or American cheese would work better here, with its gooey, melted texture designed to blend into the cooked meat.

    The Animal Style burger tries its best to re-create the magic of the mustard and chopped onion grilled burgers that In-N-Out has become synonymous with. Unfortunately too many elements fall flat here. The bun is wrong, the patties too thick, the lettuce not crunchy. I could go on. Admittedly it takes balls to try and copy one of the globes most revered burgers, but the Piro burger is a million miles away from its inspiration.

    We tried some non burger related food, and I’d recommend not going off the beaten path. Stick to what this place is trying to make its name in.

    Drinks wise Piro offers a good selection of beers with Tiger and Stella available on draught. For bottled beers expect a fine selection of American ones including Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Brooklyn Lager & IPA. The usual round of soft drinks are also available.

    So, we’ve discussed food and drink, but what of the service? It’s hard to be too harsh as it’s clear Piro’s owners care about their customers and are also keen for the restaurant to be a hit. The problem at the moment is that there are too many faults with the ordering process that can’t simply be glossed over with “sorry Sir” or “my bad, it’s coming right up.” My first visit was bearable with a few teething troubles noted, but made better by some amusingly OTT apologies from the owners. The second visit, I was brought a plate of food earlier than my friends as the kitchen had messed up another table’s order. I don’t want to have to eat 20 minutes before my friends so I sent the food back, only after repeatedly asking the staff to do so. My friend, who ordered a soup, did not receive it until after she had been served her main, while a neighbouring table sent back excess pints of beer which must have been “lost in translation” according to the English speaking owner.¬¬¬ All the while there is a bizarre wave of profusely apologetic murmurings from the restaurant’s owners as these errors occur. I sense they want so much to do good, that they end up saying whatever overly analytical apology is racing through their minds, which in turn becomes quite uncomfortable for customers.

    So, the search for a truly great Shanghai burger continues. Piro is certainly worth a trip. It is an unintentionally quirky dining experience (two cats may suddenly appear at your feet while you eat), and the food is by no means bad, it just isn’t as awesome as I’d hoped. Monday’s one can enjoy a free pint of Tiger with any burger or Stella for RMB 15 more, offering a good value start to the week and a sensible introduction to this eating spot.
    Wait Until The Honeymoon Is Over
    For Piro on February 23, 2011
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    djsexypaul
    Joined Apr 15, 2007
    Posted 9 Reviews
    After reading another review on another website about this thought it was time to head on over and try their USDA burgers. Seeing how its banned and everything here still i wouldn`t have sounded the trumpets about it but maybe its part of the marketing ploy.
    It looks very Italian from the outside, but as you step in you realise you couldn`t be further from the truth. Long benches to sit at, long stools to sit on a small little upstairs to hideaway in. Decoration is minimal, in fact i think there is just a Penn State flag stuck up behind the bar. Menu is short,around 10 appitisers, 10 mains and a few desserts. Weekly special board in English and Chinese proclaiming T BOne Steak, Salad and Fries for Rmb150. However, this is a burger joint. Choice of 5 from what i recall, assorted toppings etc etc you know the drill all around the 65rmb mark. Nothing was too expensive on there
    My burger was a blue cheese deal which came with straw onions and grilled pepper. The burger was juicy and thick with plenty of cheese when it came out 10 mins later however the grilled pepper was stone cold and slimy. The fries had been deep fried twice and were translucent yellow in colour and one of them was filled with oil when i bit into it.
    I was offered a 2nd half price beer when the Manager a nice ABC guy saw that i had left the fries and pepper hanging lonely on the plate. However when it came to paying my bill the half price beer hadnt been taken off.
    Stella and Vedett on draught (plus points) Rmb75 a pint !! (no points).
    To sum up, its got potential, but leave it a couple of months for them to get their shit together first
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