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“One of the best restaurants in the world” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet

Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
Somewhere in Shanghai, Shanghai 200070, China (The Bund)
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Ranked #1 of 12,598 Restaurants in Shanghai
Price range: $649 - $973
Cuisines: European, French, Contemporary
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: The Bund
Description: Conceived by Paul Pairet for over 15 years and opened in May 2012, Ultraviolet is the first restaurant of its kind uniting food with multi-sensorial technologies in order to create a fully immersive dining experience. A single table of ten seats only. A dining room of high-end technology. A 20-course "Avant-Garde" set menu. All guests sit together. The experience unfolds as a play. Food leads. Each course is enhanced with its own taste-tailored atmosphere: lights, sounds, music, scents, projection, images and imagination... And food.
New York City, New York
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“One of the best restaurants in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

No words or pictures can do Ultraviolet justice, it is an unparalleled experience for all five senses that you must try for yourself. Reading about it, a jaded foodie may think it sounds gimmicky, but make no mistake, ultimately, its all about the food, which is extraordinary. I don't want to write in detail about what the experience is like, because UV goes through great effort to make each seating (of which there is only one a night for ten people) a surprise for newcomers, it is a huge thrill I refuse to spoil. That said - as someone who has travelled the world in search of the best meals - the cuisine of Paul Pairet and the crew is in a league of its own. Here you will find some of the most inventive and delicious cooking to be found anywhere in the world, which ranges from the finest dining to an atmosphere that feels as relaxed and comfortable as a dinner party at your friend's house - they enjoy playing off these sort of contradictions and expectations in every way, constantly surprising you with every one of the twenty or so courses (come hungry). New spins on old classics, brand new plays on sight, texture and taste, techniques ranging from classic to the cutting edge of molecular gastronomy - its all here. Its very difficult to strike any comparison, but, if MMB is PP's Bouchon, UV is his French Laundry. This is a restaurant that stands with the very best of the modern pioneers, it may sound extreme, but UV keeps company the likes of Blanca in Brooklyn or elBulli in Spain, but it is no copycat, it is its own, special place. Its worth a trip to Shanghai to go to UV alone, it transcends a place to just go for dinner, it is one of the landmarks in the entire region, rivaled only by the likes of the Great Wall. As someone who has gone to UVA (their first menu in their first year) and now just had the honor of one of the first seatings at UVB (their second menu in their second year, by all means a worthy successor, no sophomore slump - even if you've done UVA, do not think you can skip this), I can say without hesitation I will come back around the world just for UVC, whenever that may happen. It is impossible not to enjoy UV, no matter your level of food education. If you don't go to UV - like never seeing Nirvana in concert, or going to elBulli before it closed - you are missing out on one of the great experiences of our time. It may seem pricey, but once you try it, you'll realize its actually cheap for what you get - in fact, they blatantly take a loss on each seating - just do the math on the drink pairings by themselves. Clearly I'm not alone, its rated the #1 restaurant in Shanghai here on Trip Advisor and that is most certainly justified.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shanghai
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“One of a kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

I won't say too much about the whole experience as part of the pleasure is to be surprised and amazed by what's coming .... bu let me say: wow ! what a show, I have never seen anything like it.
Everything, from the atmosphere to the staff to the decor to the food and to the drinks (I asked for non alcoholic pairing) were absolutely magical and full of creativity. The staff are absolutely lovely and the food is out of this world!
It is such a one of a kind experience that the price is worth paying.
Make sure you book online 3 months in advance though!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A Total and Sublime Immersion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

The experience at UV is hard to describe because it is so unique and touches all senses. While our intention was to fully indulge in great food in little portions; it was so so so much more as every aspect was appealing to the eye, nose, ear, company, provoked a typical style, a grand atmosphere, perfect service, wonderful interactions, etc.
A culinary adventure which brings to live what it means to really go with the flow and to enjoy every second, every bite, every sip of it.... Highly recommended if you are capable to set yourself free and to follow blindly Paul Pairet and his team as your guides. Magic!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

If you are remotely interested in food and willing to pay the price, I strongly suggest you go to this restaurant. Quite amazing overall. I don't think there's another restaurant like this anywhere in the world. It is worth the price.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“This has to be the best restaurant in the world!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

A dinner at Ultraviolet is so much more than a dinner. It's an enchanting journey for each of our 5 senses. To say that Paul Pairet is a genious is an understatement. Each dish is served in an unexpected way, and surprises are neverending. One could think that what's around would enable the food to taste better. Well, no! Close your eyes and you'll realize you do have in your mouth a fireworks of unexpected tastes and textures like you never had before.
There's only one problem with this place: the time you need to wait to get a seat... As a matter of fact we have already booked our next journey planned towards the end of August. In the meantime we will try to survive

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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