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Shanghai's New Free Steak Sandwiches Happy Hour

Jul 27, 2016 | 14:45 Wed
Deals Tested: We kick the tires on various food, drink or miscellaneous deals so you don't have to.
A while back, American steak chain Morton's hosted one of the best happy hours in the city, offering free steak sandwiches with a purchase of a 45rmb+10% drink. That promotion has since ended, the 1515 Bar in the Jing'an Shangri-La is picking up the slack with a suspiciously similar offer.

The Deal: From 5pm to 7pm any day of the week, order a house pour drink for 45rmb plus service charge, and get free-flow Wagyu tenderloin sliders.

Can 1515 Bar's new deal compare with Morton's? Find out inside.


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The 1515 Bar seems to still be working out the finer details. They didn't have any menu listing of the happy hour specials (Really guys? You're a five-star hotel.), which they needed because some of their staff told me that wine wasn't included in the deal, and that I could order classic cocktails (that usually go for 88rmb to 100rmb+) for the happy hour price.

Turns out neither was the case. To their credit, they gave me the more expensive cocktail that I ordered at the happy hour price.



What's actually available for the happy hour are basic mixes -- gin and tonics and vodka sunrises. The best item on that menu (if there was a menu) is a martini. That comes with three olives and the gin is Bombay Sapphire. Pretty nice.

Not so nice: I arrived at 5pm, but the kitchen didn't bring out the sliders until after 6pm. Morton's brought them out every 20 minutes or so. The all important meat-to-bun ratio is pretty low, but the good news is that the quality of the steak tastes better than Morton's and the mini sliders come with lettuce, ketchup, and pickles. You also get a tray of pickled olives, peanuts, and corn crisps for free just by entering the bar.



The crowd here is predictably mostly business types and people staying at the hotel, though there were a few local ladies taking pics of the premium cocktails at the bar. Music was jazz fusion.

So, is 1515's deal as good as Morton's? No, but I'd go back because 53rmb (the price after service and hotel charges) for a martini with decent gin and free food is a pretty good deal in this town these days. Especially, if it's at a premier sort of location.

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