This year, 30 of Shanghai’s restaurants were awarded the coveted stars, up from 26 last year, while another 27 were awarded the Bib Gourmand.
Notably, Paul Pairet’s cutting-edge Ultraviolet has made the leap to three stars from two last year. He says: “It’s truly unexpected. I was not sure that Michelin agreed with our very special format, but I am very happy and glad for our team.” T’ang Court in luxury hotel The Langham retains its three-star status.
All the restaurants awarded two stars last year retain their stars in 2018. They are 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Canton 8, Yi Long Court, YongFoo Elite and Imperial Treasure.
The four new additions to the guide are Bo Shanghai, Dashu Wujie, Jean-Georges and Yongfu, with one Michelin star each. You can now expect a long waiting list for celebrity chef Alvin Leung’s Bo Shanghai which sits just 10 diners at a time. Many were surprised when Jean-Georges, a three-starred establishment in New York, did not get a star in last year’s guide; they’ve made the cut this year. Yongfu is known for its authentic Ningbo cuisine made with the best seasonal ingredients while well-loved vegetarian chain restaurant Wujie gets a star for its outlet on the Bund.
A Bib Gourmand recommendation goes to eateries that offer a good value meal for under 35,000 won. This year’s Bib Gourmand list includes three new ones: Hao Sheng, which offers Shanghi cuisine, Le Patio & La Famille (Julu Road) which serves Hangzhou cuisine, and Tandoor, a restaurant serving Indian specialties.