Seems just a hot minute ago that the city’s dining scene was on the edge of its collective seat, awaiting the announcement of The Michelin Guide’s first edition, doesn’t it? The city’s only three-star honour for the inaugural 2017 guide was awarded to T’ang Court at The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi; 26 of the city’s restaurants were starred in total; and just generally, people were surprised by the number of Cantonese spots which walked away with stars. Last year, the second edition of the guide saw Paul Pairet’s Ultraviolet join the three-star ranks and the number of Shanghai’s starred restaurants went up to 30. Now, we’ve arrived at year three.
A total of 34 restaurants are bestowed with stars in the selection of the MICHELIN Guide Shanghai 2019, up from 30 last year.
In this edition, innovative restaurant Ultraviolet by French chef Paul Pairet is the only restaurant that is lauded with the prestigious three-Michelin-stars status.
25 other restaurants are recognised with one star, which stands for high quality cooking that is worth a visit. Five of them make their appearance on the list for the first time.
Three of the first-time one-starred restaurants flew the flag for Chinese cuisine. They include Moose, which serves creative Huaiyang cuisine and boasts signature dishes such as the Eight Treasures Gourd Duck that is stuffed with Chinese chestnut, pork, abalone, bamboo shoots, mushroom, ham, ginkgo and glutinous rice. The other two are contemporary Cantonese restaurant, Ji Pin Court, and Amazing Chinese Cuisine that offers Teochew dishes with a modern flair.
Adding clout to Shanghai’s reputation as a dining hub are two European restaurants that are each recognised with one Michelin star for the first time. They are Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire, the Shanghai outpost of acclaimed French chef Pierre Gagnaire who has an eponymous three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, and Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, which serves haute Italian cuisine.
The selection for the third edition of the guide was announced by Bruno De Feraudy, President of MICHELIN China in a ceremony attended by chefs, restaurateurs and journalists. 26 other dining establishments were recognised in the Bib Gourmand list.
8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana
Canton 8 (Runan Street)
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Xin Rong Ji (Nanyang Road) (New)
Yi Long Court
Yong Foo Elite
Amazing Chinese Cuisine (New)
Da Dong (Xuhui)
Da Dong (Jingnan)
Fu He Hui
Il Ristorante – Niko Romito (New)
Ji Pin Court (New)
Lao Zheng Xing (Huangpu)
Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire (New)
Le Patio & La Famille (Huangpu)
Lei Garden (Xuhui)
Lei Garden (Pudong)
Madam Goose (Minhang)
Seventh Son (Jingan)
Shang High Cuisine
Xin Rong Ji (Huangou)
Yong Yi Ting