Inspired Gastro-Pub Cuisine in Hip URBN Hotel Shanghai


A great restaurant should be serious about food, but that doesn't mean it has to take itself too seriously. Beer Grdn takes this to heart serving high-end pub fare in a bar-like setting and unleashing an all-new menu for the summer season.

Chief Creative Officer David Laris has crafted an eclectic menu full of comfort foods for the lunch and dinner crowd. "I wanted to create a dining experience that everyone can enjoy, from the most discerning foodie to the business traveller who craves the comforts of home," says Laris, "so Beer Grdn is all about beauty in simplicity. We use quality ingredients in classic, approachable recipes. If you can perfect that formula, everything else pretty much falls into place."

The result is a collection of the Greek-Australian chef's greatest hits, some of his favorite dishes from his vast repertoire. Throughout his diverse culinary career he has developed a host of recipes drawing inspiration from cooking traditions from around the world. Guests can indulge in a decadent starter of Seared Foie Gras Terrine with Focaccia and Seasonal Jam or opt for something light and nutritious, like a salad of roast beetroot with goat cheese, candied walnuts, and watercress aptly named About Bloody Time.

He offers a taste of Italy with a selection of gourmet pizzas like the Mountain Climber topped with Portobello mushrooms, goat cheese, mozzarella and basil or his Meatball Panini with tomato sauce and fresh, creamy buffalo mozzarella.

He tempts the taste buds with flavors of East Asia in sandwiches like the Local Hero, two slabs of tender teriyaki-glazed pork belly served with mantou, a traditional Chinese-style steamed bun. He ventures southward to the Subcontinent with dishes like his fragrant Curry Roasted Cauliflower or a Curry Fried Mackerel with Coconut Risotto.

Laris's proud Greek heritage shines through with Saccharine Sweets like Galakto Boureko, a rich semolina custard baked in a crispy, buttery phyllo dough crust.

All of the signature dishes are easy to find on the new menu. Just look for the smiling, chrome-domed David Laris icons in the margins marking his signature dishes.

True to its name, Beer Grdn offers a comprehensive selection of quality imported beers on draft, like Vedett and Stella Artois and also locally produced craft beers like Westwood Ales and ShanghaIPA. Drinkers can also find 36 selections by the bottle and the option of crafted beer cocktails like The Devereaux, Fresh Pressed Grapefruit Greyhound and the Buffalo Trace Manhattan. The new menu makes it easy to match lunch or dinner with the perfect beverage by featuring expert beer pairing recommendations.

On weekends, Beer Grdn is also an ideal spot for a long and leisurely brunch, with an emphasis on high-quality rustic items, there’s a selection of Benedicts, Omelets, classics like Steak and Eggs, and unique creations like Pork Belly and Yam Hash all printed out on recycled paper menus. Pair any of the brunch items with one of Beer Grdn’s six house-made Bloody Mary’s: Wasabi, Tomatillo, Frozen, Russian, Cajun and “Bite Your Mama” flavors.

Located on URBN Hotel Shanghai’s first floor, this authentic gastro-pub concept promise inspired casual gourmet dining in a uniquely warm and chic setting. The décor is as almost as eclectic as the menu. The walls are a colorful, quirky collage of arabesque patterns splashed whimsically with comic book heroes, flashy characters from video games and colorful Japanese animation. Beer kegs have been cleverly re-purposed for use as tables, and they complement brightly colored banquettes and mismatched button leather chairs. It's a thoroughly laid-back setting that's family friendly, too. Parents can lounge on Beer Grdn's covered patio while the youngsters can stay busy playing classic arcade games in Beer Grdn's game room located right behind the outdoor garden area.


About URBN Hotels

URBN Hotels are unique and differentiated, not only by design but by each location’s unique brand story and dedication to the environment and inherent sustainable business approach. Cachet Hotel Group approaches each potential URBN property with the goal of identifying opportunities to transform the space into an individualistic URBN brand product employing innovative, functional and green design techniques that will respond to the needs of the community and instill a distinct neighborly feeling. URBN brand will expand beyond URBN Shanghai Hotel across China and Southeast Asia, as managed and franchised boutique hotels and villa resorts.

About Cachet Hotel Group

Cachet Hotel Group (CHG) is a Hong Kong-based hotel development and management company. CHG’s mission is to be the most innovative and socially responsible hospitality company in Asia. With numerous projects under development, CHG is focused on establishing properties in Greater China, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and the United States.