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7 awesome all-you-can-eat deals for every day of the week

Nothing comes cheap in Shanghai, but we're here to help. When you're down to the last few jiao in your pocket and in desperate need of a big and tasty meal that won't break the bank, try one of these all-you-can-eat deals*.

Monday

All-you-can-eat mussels and fries

Le Café de Stagiaries 3

Photograph: Sarah_Ackerman, from Flickr

If you've got a hankering for garlicky fresh mussels and crisp French fries after a long, arduous Monday in the office, the classic Belgian dish moules et frites is the best way to bring you back to life. Head to Le Cafe de Stagiaires 3 every Monday and they'll be turning out the goods from 7pm until you can't take anymore.

Le Cafe de Stagiaires 3 386 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu, Jingan district. From 7pm. 80RMB.

Tuesday

All-you-can-eat schnitzel

Zeitgeist

A recent addition to the city's German food offerings, Zeitgeist has proven to be a heavy-weight for lovers of hearty Bavarian eats. If you're familiar with golden crispy fried schnitzel (and boy you should be) get down to Zeitgeist on Tuesday for breaded cutlets on tap. No deep frying here – they pan-fry every last cutlet in butter.

Zeitgeist 537 Haifang Lu, near Xikang Lu, Jingan district. 6-10pm. 88RMB.

Wednesday

All-you-can-eat pintxos and tapas

Tomatito

Humpday happy hour is always better with delicious finger food, don't you think? The El Willy Group's 'sexy' tapas bar Tomatito – hidden away in a traditional shikumen on Taixing Lu – is the spot to enjoy classic Spanish bites ranging with happy hour drinks deals from just 25RMB.

Tomatito Second Floor, Zhong Plaza, 99 Taixing Lu, near Wujiang Lu, Jingan district. 9-11pm. 100RMB.

Thursday

All-you-can-eat tapas, beef and French fries

MUST Grill

Start the weekend early at French-inflected casual dining spot MUST Grill on Thursday with a banging free-flow food option that includes a selection of tapas, beef and fries from 7-10pm. Best of all? MUST has a huge garden area which makes for the perfect setting to gorge yourself silly until you roll on home to bed.

MUST Grill First Floor, 881 Wuding Lu, near Changle Lu, Jingan district (6176 1378). 7-10pm. 168RMB. Booking required.

Friday

Free-flow house wine and canape buffet 

Element Fresh

Unlimited booze and bites for under 100RMB? Sign us up. Every Friday, you can head to Element Fresh for free-flowing house wines and a buffet full of canapes to gorge on. Sure, they're small bites, but you can have as many as you want!

Element Fresh Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu. 6.30-7.30pm. Available at all locations.

Saturday

All-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch

La Bota, Bund Docks

Brunch?..on a Saturday? Absolutely! If we had our way we'd do it every day of the week. If you're a rule-breaker, check out the newest edition of Spanish favourite La Bota and enjoy free-flow food and drinks packages until 4pm.

La Bota, Bund Docks The Cool Docks, 18 Maojiayuan Lu, near Waima Lu, Huangpu district. 11.30am-4pm. 258RMB free-flow food and drink; 158RMB food only.

Sunday

All-you-can-eat Indian buffet brunch 

Kebabs on the Grille

Photograph: Wikimedia

If you're looking for a more robust alternative to the classic Eggs Benedict or Avocado Toast kind of Sunday brunch, head to Kebabs on the Grille for a full Indian buffet with appetisers, mains and sweets as well as free-flow beer, wine and soft drinks. Think fragrant curries, Indian-style kebabs and fresh lassi – It's a game-changer.

Kebabs on the Grille 8 Cool Docks, 479 Zhongshan Nan Lu, near Fuxing Dong Lu, Huangpu district. 11.30-4pm. 150RMB.

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