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Abbey Road
    • ADDRESS:
      3 Taojiang Lu,
      near Hengshan Lu
      桃江路3号, 近衡山路
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    • PHONE:
      5466 2069
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    • AREA:
    • METRO:
      5 mins walk from Changshu Rd
    • HOURS:
      Mon-Fri, 11am-late
      Sat&Sun, 10am-late
    • PRICE:
      $$ $$$
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    • OPENED:
      Unknown. Listed since Dec 2014
    • Editor's Description
      Taojiang Lu sequel to one of Shanghai's most popular summer venues, named after that little street those wacky Beatles trotted across. Ample patio seating, cheap beer on tap and lots of (at times unfortunate) classic rock, this bar/restaurant is the ultimate expat venue. Abbey Road's menu includes mostly Swiss fare interspersed with some American.
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    • suzyd_ on Abbey Road
      20 Jan 2020

      Atmosphere: Surprisingly busy for a Wednesday evening. Such is the draw of their weekly cordon bleu night, I guess. Can't deny the allure of a breaded meat slab and a drink for 108rmb. If daily specials are your kind of economical party, they have one for almost every day of the week (88rmb burgers on Thursdays!), as well as a Happy Hour with cheap-ish drinks. Wine will still cost you around 40 kuai, though.

      The clientele when I visited were exclusively American and European expats. There’s sport on the TV,  a smoking area outside and a classic selection of gummed-up Heinz bottles to splurt on your fries. Essentially it’s exactly what you’d expect from a place called Abbey Road, except that the food leans more towards the European than the classically British.

      Speaking of…

      Food: Abbey Road’s menu almost exclusively offers cheesy, creamy, meaty foods. Want a schnitzel? Get one stuffed with cheese! Ordered the rosti? You’ll need to dig down through the car tyre-thick layer of melted generic cheddar to find the oily potato shreds.

      If your cheese obsession has moved beyond simply using it as a garnish, they also offer fondue sets for 248rmb, so you can eat an entire pot of the stuff for dinner. What a time to be alive in Shanghai.

      We tried the vegetable rosti for 75rmb, which absolutely fulfilled its cheesy depiction on the picture menu, and a schnitzel topped with a creamy mushroom and bacon sauce. One thing I quite enjoyed is that, instead of fries or wedges on the side, you can ask for spatzl (little buttery dumplings) instead. They’re very cute and fairly good.

      This was unsurprising considering the sheer amount of dairy on both plates, but we found the food very oily. Both plates needed ketchup to take the edge off. If you’re into Eurostodge, though, this could be just the spot for you.

      Service: Staff were absolutely fine, and exactly what you’d expect from this type of place. Food and drinks were pretty prompt, and they helped the table behind ours to choose different drinks when the women there mentioned that their first choices were a little too strong.

      I’d note that the price is a little high for this sort of food. Mains start at 75rmb, but they shoot all the way up to 200+ if you’re going for steak or a fondue. At that level, I’d expect something a little smarter and better-executed than the very chain-pub-style food on offer. It’s just around the corner from me, though, so I’m sure I’ll go back at some point if I need a melted cheese fix.

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    • Here’s the low-down on the latest action-

      The Beef: It’s no news that a smattering of shutterings had befallen the DongPing Lu area a while back. But this one remains a great go-to option for a cozy neighborhood restaurant. No fuss comfort food at reasonable prices. If you’ve been around long enough, you might vaguely recall that the there was a minor relocation (literally meters away, from DongPing Lu to TaoJiang Lu) a few years back but the current Abbey Road 2.0 got a major space upgrade with several sections– outdoor: terrace & garden; indoor: front room/bar & main dining area in the back.

      Rosti (75-90rmb) is my must-have dish here. It’s a hearty comfort dish I haven’t found anywhere else around town. What is it? Breakfast heaven in a bowl. Think potato hash, ham, bacon, onion baked in a stone pot, loaded with melted cheese and topped with a sunny side up egg. Perfect for brunch, dinner, or a hangover cure.

      The menu is European/Swiss(?) Popular dishes also include schnitzel of all varieties, stuffed with ham and cheese (Cordon Bleu, 100rmb), or just straight up with mushroom bacon sauce (Jagerschnitzel, 100rmb). You can also get spaetzle here as a side, which is a traditional German/Swiss egg pasta. Portions are generous, service is friendly and fast.

      The Gang: Casual crowd, pretty even mix of laowai and Chinese.

      The Motive: 50% off food on Mondays. Daily happy hour before 8pm. Options for indoor or outdoor seating. TV screens for sports. Dogs allowed.

      The Damage: 600rmb for 4 at brunch with mimosas & bloody marys.

      The Down n’ Dirty: Clean and well-maintained. Can’t complain.

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    • Super Hours

      Free flow drinks start anytime, including beer, wine and cocktails for 150rmb for 2 hours.
      • Nightlife | Abbey Road | Daily until Aug 31 2020


    • Happy Hour

      It's happy hour from 10am-8pm at Abbey Road every day, with drink specials on beer, cocktails and wine.
      • Nightlife | Abbey Road | Daily until Jul 15 2020
      • 2019-01-16 Finished
    • Terrace BBQ & Free Flow

      Three hours of free flow of different drinks; BBQ plate with tenderloin steak, chicken breast, sausages and vegetables; All-you-can-eat French fries. 250rmb. Or drinks only, 180rmb.
      • Dining | Abbey Road | on Sun Jun 14 2020
      • 2020-06-14 Finished
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      Summer Live Music

      Free entry for night live music party from 6pm-9pm in the outdoor seats at Abbey Road Garden. Happy Hour till 8pm, draft beer and house wine for 30rmb, margarita for 35rmb. Or choose Free Flow anytime for unlimited drinks for 150rmb.
      • Nightlife | Abbey Road | on Sat Jun 6 2020
      • 2020-06-06 Finished
    • Cordon Bleu Wednesday

      From 4pm on Wednesdays, Chicken or Pork Cordon Bleu & one selected drink for 108rmb.
      • Dining | Abbey Road | Wednesdays until Feb 11 2020
      • 2019-12-01 Finished
    • Rosti Tuesday

      From 4pm on Tuesdays, any rosti & one selected drink for 88rmb.
      • Dining | Abbey Road | Tuesdays until Feb 11 2020
      • 2019-12-17 Finished