Shanghai's Ultraviolet Earns a Spot on World's 50 Best Restaurants List

By Samantha Kennedy, June 20, 2018

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Shanghai’s very own Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet earned a spot on World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2018, ranking #24 overall.


The dining room at Ultraviolet (left) and Paul Pairet (right).

Ranking first was Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, followed by El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and Mirazur in France.

No other restaurants from Greater China appeared on the list, despite a handful of places from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan being ranked on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list earlier this year.

Ultraviolet ranked #8 on Asia’s Top 50, followed by another Shanghai-based restaurant, FuHeHei at #30.


Shanghainese style vegetarian dishes at FuHeHui.

Although there were not any other restaurants from China on this list, there were a few from around Asia. Gaggon (Bangkok, Thailand) ranked at #5, Den (Tokyo, Japan) at #17, Narisawa (Tokyo) at #22, Odette (Singapore) at #28, Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo) at #41 and Nahm (Bangkok) at #49.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018

1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
3. Mirazur, Menton, France
4. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
5. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
6. Central, Lima, Peru
7. Maido, Lima, Peru
8. Arpège, Paris, France
9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
11. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, USA
13. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
14. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
15. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
16. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
17. Den, Tokyo, Japan
18. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain
19. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
20. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
22. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
23. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
25. Cosme, New York, USA
26. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
27. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
28. Odette, Singapore, Singapore
29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
30. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
31. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
32. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
33. The Clove Club, London, England
34. Alinea, Chicago, USA
35. Maaemo, Oslo, Norway
36. Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy
37. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
38. Lyle's, London, UK
39. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
40. Septime, Paris, France
41. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
42. The Ledbury, London, UK
43. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
44. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
46. Saison, San Francisco, USA
47. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
48. Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
49. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
50. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa

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