The Deal: On Sundays and Mondays, from 5.30pm, you can get 1kg of steamed Canadian clams and a pitcher of beer for 98rmb each.
At 6pm last Monday, The Cannery wasn't busy. Tom Waits and Roxy Music were on the stereo, and a few people were posted up at the bar. By 7.30pm, the place was full. White-collars had gotten off work, every seat in the restaurant was taken, and pretty much the entire room was getting to work on the same order: a pitcher of beer and a big bowls of clams.
The clams are damn good. They come in a large serving, cooked in either white wine, sake, or beer, plus two pieces of toast. You're going to want another order of toast with that and that's an additional charge, but you can ask your server for the secret free sourdough bread -- pro tip -- which actually works better to soak up the juices at the end of the bowl. Our favorite was the white wine sauce.
The clams are on the regular menu, and for 1kg, they typically cost 228rmb. That's already incredible value right there, but so is the draft beer. For a 350ml glass, it's usually 48rmb. But with the deal, you can get a 1.8 liter pitcher of any of their taps -- Finn Lager Pilsner, Brewdog Vagabond, Blue Point, Enkir Wheat, Ballast Point Grunion, Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, and Anthem Semi Dry Cider -- for 98rmb.
The 1kg bowl of steamed clams is sufficient for one person, so get there early or RSVP for a table ahead of time, split a pitcher with a friend, maybe get one of their excellent canned appetizers as well.
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