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“Beyond Words”

Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
Ranked #6 of 17,731 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $590 - $885
Cuisines: European, French, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Jing'an
Description: Conceived by Paul Pairet since 1996 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 July 31, 2014

It is rare for me to be as blown away by one meal as we were by Ultraviolet. "Everything that everyone else said plus some" was our experience. Truly, for once in my life, this is beyond words. All I can say is: it is absolutely worth it! The food, the drinks, the service, the performance art, writing on the walls, sliding down the fireman pole... truly if I say too much, it will ruin the surprise. Suffice it to say: Go! Definitely go!

Date of visit: April 2014
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5  Thank BethinVT
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Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was the most amazing culinary experience in my life. Unprecedented. We were blown away.

I'd call it a meal, but it was much more than that. It was like a show. An experience. Something we will remember forever. We were hesitant with the ridiculously steep price, but totally worth it and we want to go again. 22 courses, amazing flavors and presentation each one.

For people who like molecular like Bo Innovation down in Hong Kong, this place takes it to another level.

Date of visit: October 2013
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1  Thank pjc845
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

I do not want to give any spoilers but OMG, you totally need to try this place. They will stimulate all your senses while having a magnificent dinner. One in a lifetime experience because of their price tag and because the second time probably it wont be as good!

Date of visit: February 2014
3  Thank LucyChangHK
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were a large group travelling to Shanghai for a 50th birthday celebration. Ultraviolet was successfully booked 6 months out. Our group was an ungainly number (!) and the fabulous staff, both floor and back of house managed our reservation issues wonderfully.
The service is seamless, one fabulously choreographed ballet with food as the star performer,
supported by wonderful theatrical flourishes from beginning to end. Where we can dine next after this extraordinary event??
Ah we'll have to do the UV"A" menu next time!
Many thanks to Sacha, Colin and Chef Greg, Chef Fred and of course Chef Paul himself

Date of visit: June 2014
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3  Thank homebeijing
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

We waited 6 months (as had to cancel our first reservation) for a place at this single table, 10 seat piece of "gastro theatre" but it was well worth it. The food itself is, well, a bit weird, but that's the whole point, it makes you think about food in a very different way. Add to this the sensory experience of moving visuals on the walls (our favourites we're the tide coming in and descending into the ground!), accompanying sound and "smell" tracks and it's a night out that you won't forget in a hurry. It's not just a gimmick either, the food was excellent and the veal we had on our visit was truly the best I have ever tasted, hands down. One of the things that completed the experience for us was that after some 20 courses we were invited into the kitchen for a very close up experience with Paul Pairet for a few more strange but tasty morsels. Overall very well done and manages to avoid the pretentiousness that we suspected might accompany the experience. A great night out, booking is essential, up to 3 months in advance.

Date of visit: May 2014
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5  Thank Andy W
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