Even though Ultraviolet has been around for a few years, I had not heard about until it was briefly mentioned in a short listing of highlights for cities around the world in a magazine. Chef Paul Pairet offers a tasting menu paired with wines/beverages. The evening includes a broad range of sensory experiences to go with the meal. There is only one seating a night for a maximum of 10 diners. On any given night, only one menu is offered, and during a month, most of the menu/beverage variations can be found. The website shows what is included for each menu variation and the wines that will be offered. The variations are priced differently, and half of the cost is due upon booking. On the days that I had targeted for going to Shanghai, the “Special Event” menu was going to be offered. This is the most expensive option and takes the best items from the other menus and pairs them with some top wines.
Detailed instructions on how the evening will proceed are provided in advance. There is no dress code, and still photography is allowed (no video though). We are told not to expect a cell signal in the dining room. The evening starts with the diners asked to gather by 6:30 pm. From the meeting point, the diners are taken to an undisclosed location for dinner. Everyone is returned around 11:00 pm to the starting point.
The meeting point was easily found at their regular restaurant on the 6th floor of a building on the Bund. Upon arrival, I spoke with the hostess at the restaurant to find out where to wait. She led me into the restaurant to an area where other guests were already present. I was offered a glass of pear cider, some water, and a seat with the other guests.
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