We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“3h+ of joy and food”

Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
Ranked #30 of 17,044 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $610 - $916
Cuisines: European, French, Contemporary
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
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.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I was quite skeptical before going as I usually don't agree with hype surrounding many of the places in this town. It is a bit of a show going on as well during the dinner and I can understand that some dislike that. I personally felt it was a good distraction and during the 3h-3h30 the dinner took I never felt bored in any way. It is a bit of a special experience.
For the food, some dishes I loved, they were really stunning, such as the oyster with caviar, the foie gras tartine, chicken with foie gras and also the bread with truffles, those were some of my favorites. Some others also great, the rest good. The desserts were a little less exciting. Many of the dishes were very playful along a theme which is also really nice but in some cases a little too much.
Drink combinations were overall okay, some wine not really great in my mind, most good and in some cases excellent. Also quite playful as well.
Overall a great dining experience and I'd really like to try out the UVA menu as well.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank zebbert
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (171)
There are newer reviews for Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

97 - 101 of 171 reviews

Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I tried menu A. And the whole experience- plus the nice ending where Chef himself was behind the doors cooking- was absolutely brilliant! Food is sooooo good kings & queens will go down on their knees for more! I'm coming back again!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
2  Thank Carolloo83
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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?)

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
14  Thank leo p
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
8  Thank Brandon L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
4  Thank lpb_38
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet also viewed

 
Shanghai, Shanghai Region
Shanghai, Shanghai Region
 

Been to Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing