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Theatrical Shanghai restaurant earns 3 Michelin stars. Here’s why you should visit

At Ultraviolet, dinner is an experience for all your senses. You sign up for a meal at an undisclosed location. The theme could turn out to be anything from Black Forest to a winter blizzard.

more-lifestyle Updated: Sep 21, 2017 10:18 IST

A meal at Ultraviolet is not just about the food - it’s an immersive experience.
A meal at Ultraviolet is not just about the food - it’s an immersive experience.(Scott Wright/Limelight Studio)

In the second edition of the Michelin guide Shanghai, Ultraviolet joins T’ang Court in the exclusive three-starred club, a designation that denotes exceptional cuisine, worth the journey. Opened in 2012, Ultraviolet elevates the dining experience to a multi-sensory, interactive form of entertainment that stretches the imagination and challenges the conventional à la carte dining model, in which dishes are presented under the same décor, and to the same music.

A dish at Ultraviolet.
A dish at Ultraviolet. ( Scott Wright/Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants )

At a clandestine, undisclosed location, diners sign up for a conceptual experience that involves a wraparound projection system which transports guests to the Black Forest or puts them smack dab in a wintry blizzard. To evoke the smell of the forest floor, atomizer sprays may infuse the room with the smell of soil. During a deconstructed fish and chips course, the strains of AC/DC may blast overhead, as images of the Union Jack and a steady London rainfall appear on the 360-degree screens.

It’s not the first big win for chef Paul Pairet. In 2012, the French chef was named the inaugural recipient of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Overall, a total of 129 restaurants get nods in the sophomore edition of the Michelin guide Shanghai, including 30 starred addresses.

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First Published: Sep 21, 2017 10:16 IST

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