With its international influences and 20 million trend-loving denizens, Shanghai has no end of fabulous places to eat. Start your day fuelling up alongside locals on fluffy dumplings stuffed with juicy meat and vegetables at a local diner, lunch on aromatic bouillabaisse and crusty-buttery bread at a rustic French bistro, and eat dinner at one of 34 Michelin-starred restaurants. Loosen your waistband and get started with these suggestions from our China expert Lee Cobaj.
The Chop Chop Social Club
Chef Paul Pairet’s multi-sensory dining experience offers one of the most exciting meals in the world, but at £465 per head, and with bookings needed months in advance, it’s only going to be for a lucky (minted) few. But Chef Pairet has a new more affordable concept: The Chop Chop Club, one table with a couple of dozen hot seats and a blind shared menu (expect the likes of côte du boeuf, charred turbot, oxtail teriyaki) popping up at Unico nightclub every Friday and Saturday evening. Post-feasting, the lights drop, the music is turned up and the partying begins.
Contact: 00 86 21 5308 5399; unicoshanghai.com/ccc
Nearest metro: East Nanjing Road
Opening times: Seating at 9.30pm