28 September 2016

 

5 best restaurants in Shanghai

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

A sensory revolution

1. Ultraviolet

A sensory revolution

Our favourite place to eat

To call Ultraviolet a unique experience doesn’t do it justice. The most imaginative restaurant in Shanghai, created by chef Paul Pairet, it’s a multi-sensory immersion in a secret location, with a single table of only ten seats, a two-month waiting list and a 20-course avant-garde set menu. A carefully choreographed play, it is set in a room decorated with top technology creating lights, sounds, music and scents alongside innovative food. The less you know, the better your night will be…!

The Bund, Sixth Floor, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

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Dumplings to die for

2. Din Tai Fung

Dumplings to die for

The Din Tai Fung chain was launched more than 40 years ago and is now renowned for its delicious xiaolongbao soup dumplings - regularly voted some of the world's best. Other perfect little parcels served here are the pork dumplings and the shrimp and pork shao mai. Busy but with speedy service, the restaurant has a sophisticated setting and a professional ambience. Not the cheapest dumplings in Shanghai but certainly some of the best.

3F, Super Brand Mall, No.168, Lujiazuixi Rd, Shanghai   Tel: 5047 8883

Mix it up with Mexican

3. Maya

Mix it up with Mexican

You might not imagine China and Mexico going hand in hand, but Maya offers a little piece of Central America in Asia. Healthy, hearty, home-style Mexican cuisine is on the menu in an array of tempting dishes, from tasty tapas to fish tacos. With an open kitchen allowing diners to get involved with the preparation of food and creating a vibrant atmosphere, Maya is home to comfy seats and cool Latin music. Adjourn to the lounge area for a selection of fresh cocktails to round off your night.

568 Julu Road, Shanghai Grand Plaza Club House 2F, Shanghai   Tel: 021 6289 6889

Love Me Do

4. Kota's Kitchen

Love Me Do

The Beatles and Japanese comfort food – an unlikely match that works wonders in the suburbs of Shanghai. Yakitori and home-made fruit shochus (traditional Japanese alcoholic fruit drinks), along with hearty dishes like braised pork belly and beef sashimi, are charmingly served in an always packed and always fun-filled venue. You might want to be a Beatles fan to dine here as it’s the only music you’ll hear, but it doesn’t overpower the atmosphere. A lively night out.

2905 Xietu Lu, near Lingling Lu, south of the Shanghai Stadium   Tel: 021 6481 2005

For stunning Shanghai views

5. Oriental Pearl Tower Revolving Restaurant

For stunning Shanghai views

If beautiful vistas are more important to you than fine dining, Oriental Pearl is unmissable. With some of the best views from the top of a great Shanghai landmark, the restaurant revolves slowly as you dine, giving you unique 360-degree panoramas. The large international buffet features European, American, Southeast Asian, Japanese and traditional Chinese cuisines, along with a spectacular range of desserts. Arrive with a big appetite and leave with views of Shanghai etched in your memory.

No. 1 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200120   Tel: 021 5879 7138

 
 
 
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