Shanghai has once again nabbed the glory of being home to the only Mainland China entries on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list
. The 2019 winners were announced last night (Tue 26) in Macau, with both Paul Pairet's multi-sensory dining blitz Ultraviolet
and Tony Lu's haute vegetarian temple Fu He Hui
receiving accolades. Singapore's Odette restaurant took the top spot as Asia's Best Restaurant.
Photograph: courtesy Catchon
Ranked at number 29, Fu He Hui climbed from last year (number 30) and 2017 (number 48) where it had fallen to after its 2016 position at number 18. Ultraviolet fell in at number 6, also an ascent from its number 8 ranking for the past two consecutive years. Ultraviolet is the only Mainland restaurant to be recognised on the group's international list The World's 50 Best Restaurants, awarded number number 24 for 2018.
None of this is a huge surprise as Pairet's and Lu's venues have been mainstays in the Asia's 50 Best awards, without any other Mainland restaurants cracking the list recently. In the initial years of the awards, which began in 2013, a handful other Shanghai restaurants such as Pairet's Mr and Mrs Bund
, Jade on 36 (which Pairet once helmed), Lu's Fu 1015
, Family Li Imperial Cuisine and the now-shuttered Franck Bistro also made appearances. Hats off to UV and FHH for continuing to spread the gospel of the Mainland's restaurant scene.