More SmartDeals You Say?
This week, we're adding four more deals to the mix, and some of last week's deals have been made even better. We thought this was only going to be about food, but lo and behold, we've got Subconscious Day Spa and Z&B Fitness joining our merry ranks of deal making.
On Sale Today (It's Tuesday):
As a prelude to their awesome chicken dinner set, for noobs who haven't been to Heat, they are doing a difficult to beat two-hour free flow of draft beer for only 50rmb. Anyone who wants to order off the menu while imbibing gets 10% off the bill. Tickets on sale on Tuesday and Wednesday only, but they can be redeemed anytime this week as long as you call ahead to book your table.
Crafted is that new American Style Bistro right across from 5-Star digs Twelve at Hengshan. The creative talents behind Bistro Burger and Coffee Tree put this together in a tucked away area on Hengshan Lu that is not too dissimilar from Ferguson Lane. Crafted has never done a lunch set-menu before, so we are pleased that they are launching their first, exclusively through SmartDeals. They've got a beautiful terrace to boot if the weather is fine and fair. They've reduced the price down to 108rmb, and now you can redeem the ticket for lunch any day this week. (But call ahead to book a table).
On Sale Wednesday:
Sabor is from Madrid's Diego Guerrero who has no less than 3 Michelin stars to his name. Sabor's tickets sold out last week, and no wonder when dinner here usually runs you 600rmb to 800rmb per person. The deal is for three courses of upscale Spanish fare -- a very delectable fare indeed. They are removing the 10% service charge, tacking on a discount, and providing an additional late night happy hour ONLY for SmartDeals guests. For those of you who've been to Sabor, you know this is a steal. Some of the course selections include Blue Mussels, Roasted Suckling Pig, Duck Confit Cannelloni, and more. Only 198rmb.
On Sale Thursday:
Lindsey at Happy Buddha wanted to give the vegan community some SmartDeals love. If you haven't been recently, Happy Buddha has some new menu items, and this is a great deal to try. At more than half-off, get two of their new hearty wraps and a juice. They've got a Mexican Kale Wrap, a Caesar Wrap, and a Spicy Seitan Buffalo Wrap (it's spicy, but damn it's good). Only 60rmb.
We revisited Heat for this deal. It's worth it, especially considering how much you get for two people. The chicken is great, and you get a pair of plastic gloves to break down the bird. A surprising highlight is the deceptively labeled "French Toast". Unlike American versions that use a brioche, their version is made from old hardened baguettes made soft by soaking in a vanilla custard. You will probably order more to take home, fair warning. This will set you back 248rmb, that's solid for two people.
Whether you have big plans for the weekend or want to detox from the three midnight food deliveries you've had this week, Nosh has a steep discount (60% off!) on a healthy set that will keep you light and nimble to dominate your Friday. For 38rmb, you get an Avocado Wrap paired with Peace Maker's Juice (apple, carrot, and celery which is an anti-inflammatory Elixir - perfect if you want to get rid of those bags under your eyes). Oh, and they've also tossed in their South East Asian inspired Creamy Coconut Rice for dessert. Only 38rmb.
Many of you will have just gotten paid. You've survived the late summer heat, and kept your cool while waiting patiently between Game of Thrones episodes, so now it's time to think critically about how you ought to celebrate all your August achievements. Perhaps a luxurious 90-minute oil massage at 50% off is in order? Yes, it might be time to treat yo-self. At both their Dagu Lu and Hongqiao locations, taking 50% off their 90 minute essential oil massages. That's 90 minutes, not 60 minutes. 600 RMB for everyone else, but 299 RMB on SmartDeals.
On Sale -- Le Weekend:
Urban Thai has picked up the mantle of our first brunch deal. A weighty responsibility indeed. A few years ago, Urban Thai came onto the scene first on Changle Lu, and then expanded to their larger Dagu Lu location. There are many memories there, but for those of us who have ventured down to the land of smiles, you know the recipes here are authentic (so much so, that the entire menu was crafted by the proprietor's mom, flown up from Bangkok). A fixed menu of 6 courses, this hearkens back to Shanghai's old brunch days when you were getting far more than what you paid for. Get this while it's hot. 198rmb for two people.
Z&B Fitness has been getting a lot of word of mouth praise this year, especially among expats. Their price structure puts them above Will's, California, and Physical, but their whole facility is decked out in brand new Technogym equipment, and they have a large offering of classes. 56% off for one month Gym unlimited gym access plus a class for good measure. There will be more deals coming from Z&B later this month, including 12-month memberships. Give this place a test drive with this one month deal while it's around. 10 tickets only, and the last day to buy is this Sunday. 1,149rmb for everyone else, 500rmb on SmartDeals.