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Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
Ranked #22 of 16,954 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $591 - $887
Cuisines: European, French, Contemporary
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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.
Shanghai
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“So so...”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

so so experience...
sorry to my friends but they invite me to this experience of dining and l didn't like...
Great looking restaurant with lovely interior, it looks and feels high end.
The menu had some good dishes, but unfortunately also several below average (or maybe expectations for this price range?)

  • Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of the best restaurants in the world”
Reviewed July 11, 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
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8 Thank Brandon L
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Shanghai
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“One of a kind”
Reviewed July 9, 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
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4 Thank lpb_38
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Total and Sublime Immersion”
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
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2 Thank annavanacker
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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110 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Great!”
Reviewed June 17, 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
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1 Thank MrJoeG
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