Five senses on full alert at Ultraviolet
Do you love fine dining and new sensations? Well, Shanghai is brimming with must-visit restaurants guaranteed to surprise you. Ultraviolet is the best of the bunch hotspot. This luxury restaurant only accepts ten guests, five evenings a week to enjoy a multi-sensory culinary experience combining sight, sound, smell and, of course, taste. The French founder and chef, Paul Pairet, has ingeniously created each stage of the dinner to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience.
You certainly do not get to the restaurant by any usual way: a van will pick you up from the meeting point at Mr & Mrs Bund by Paul Pairet and take you to a location whose address is kept top secret. Your arrival can only be described as theatrical: to the iconic opening theme tune from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, you are seated at the only table in the restaurant, in a room fitted out with screens showcasing a multitude of photos that pay tribute to popular culture in Shanghai. Throughout the evening at Ultraviolet, images on the wall as well as scents and music accompany each dish placed before you. The chef plays with your emotions, delivering a sensational performance from start to finish: refined, imaginative and delicious dishes, all perfectly choreographed… The details of the menu are also a closely guarded secret. But you will discover them with every mouthful.
Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
Meet at Mr & Mrs Bund
Bund 18, 6/F
18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
(Bookings recommended four months in advance)
In fruity, smoothie heaven
In Shanghai, smoothies are an institution. In every street, you will pass mobile stands selling these delicious drinks. There are also smoothie bars around every corner. Take a seat inside the Maoist surroundings of Bar Kommune located in the heart of lively Tian Zi Fang district and relish the city's one-of-a-kind espresso-banana-vanilla smoothie.
If you are into organic produce, make sure you stop off at Lizzy's All Natural. There, all the drinks are prepared with fresh vegetables from Gusto, undoubtedly the best and most famous vegetable producer in the country. You will be spoiled for choice by the huge variety of flavours: almond milk, honey, fresh coconut, cashew nut, aloe, maca root… Fully enthralled, you decide to try “Youth & Beauty”, a smoothie made from avocado, curly kale, banana and mint. You can even take your sweet beverage with you, served in a recyclable glass bottle. Then, make your way to the city museum, not far from there, to discover more about Shanghai's history.
The Yard No.7
Lane 210 Taikang Road
Tian Zi Fang, Passage 248-274,
+86 21 6466 2416
Lizzy's All Natural
667 Changhua Rd
+86 150 0027 8327
Shanghai falls for the surprising tastes of Yunnan province
Shanghai seems to be the meeting place for all the tastiest treats in China. It will come as no surprise then to find specialities from Yunnan province, renowned for its diverse gastronomy, a mix of northern Thai cuisine and Burmese, Lao and Vietnamese specialities.
At Gathering Clouds, your table is in one of the most beautiful hidden patios in Shanghai, encircled by a forest of bamboo. And its dishes are delightfully out of the ordinary: from fried milk to rose cakes to roast beef with citrus fruit and chillies served on a banana leaf.
An exquisitely prepared dish of incomparable Yunnan ham and juicy matsutake mushrooms is placed before you; the Chinese are particularly fond of this dish. If you like fragrant, spicy cuisine, try a traditional dish of the Dai tribe in Yunnan province, delicately sliced chicken cooked in a light, seven-spice sauce. Absolutely delicious!
Building 8, Xingfuli Walking Street
No.381 Panyu Road, Changning District
+86 21 6271 7162
Vegan cuisine with an amazing views
Hidden away on the 38th floor of the HKRI Taikoo Hui office tower, the Flow Café is considered by locals as a free-spirited alternative to the huge chains of popular cafés. Everything there is freshly prepared in house, using vegetables, fruits and whole grains, served up as toasted sandwiches, salads, soups and smoothies bursting with nutritious ingredients.
Take a seat and try the “Japanese Garden”, an avocado and black rice salad seasoned with a sesame, tamari (soya) and plum vinaigrette, accompanied by a garnish of carrot, radish, edamame beans, coriander and marinated ginger. To round off your meal, make sure you indulge in the heavenly tiramisu with creamy, sweet coffee mousse. In addition to glorious, made-to-order dishes, the vegan concept at Flow Café offers an unforgettable panorama over the whole of Shanghai, with skyscrapers as far as the eye can see.
The Flow Café
Shimen Yi Road
288 Industrial Taikoo Hui 38F