Always a good way to start vacation – Mom and I made it to Shanghai Friday night with no issues!  An even better way to start vacation though is to snag a reservation for Saturday night at the hottest restaurant in Shanghai!

Ultraviolet by Chef Paul Pairet is an intimate dining experience that combines outrageous food (20+ courses!) with an immersive video experience that completely surrounds the single table for 10 guests (yes, that’s right – only 10 diners a night!). Each course was paired with a beverage (some alcoholic, some not) and a video/music montage designed to excite every sense! To give you a feel for what we experienced, here are a few different scenes that enveloped the room:

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Meanwhile, the food was just as beautiful (and delicious)!

The start of the Food Coma!  Paloma - grapefruit, pomelo and raspberries frozen using liquid nitrogen.

The start of the Food Coma! Paloma – grapefruit, pomelo and raspberries frozen using liquid nitrogen.

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Egg gruyere raviolo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My FAVE course – truffle foam over black truffle on top of burnt truffle soup bread. In a word – RIDICULOUS!

 

Cod cooked in jelly "tupperware"

Cod cooked in jelly “tupperware”

 

Fish was plated with rice, fennel in a mayo sauce.

The cod was plated with rice and fennel in a mayo sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken smoked individually under glass with foie gras

Chicken smoked individually under glass with foie gras

Close-up of smoked chicken.

Close-up of smoked chicken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll stop now with posting pictures as I took about 200 during the 4 1/2 hour meal!  Suffice it to say that it is the best dining event I’ve EVER experienced.  I’m not alone as it’s the #1 restaurant in Shanghai according to Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, NY Times, Time Out Shanghai and many other noteworthy travel sites.

In fact, it was their reviews that led me to book our seats 3 months out (when reservations are available).  If you know you’re going to be in the area, I highly recommend snagging seats at Ultraviolet!  I’m ready to go back (although my check book is not! ha ha).