The shortlist: Asian Restaurant of the Year

The shortlist for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016

We love Shanghai. And with top-notch cocktail bars, off-the-hook restaurants and fabulous nights out hitting the tiles, how could you not? Here's this year's shortlist, with nominees hand-picked by our editors, for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016. Want to spread the love? Click here to vote for your city favourites – shortlisted or not!

The shortlist


Restaurants in Shanghai adding dramatic flourishes to their dining experiences is nothing especially new - we have Paul Pairet's immersive, spectacular Ultraviolet restaurant for one - but Anthologia puts the theatrical front and centre of their restaurant. The new Japanese spot, from the same ...

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381 near Panyu Lu


The basement of a mall isn’t the most glamourous location for a new restaurant, but Indonesian outlet Bumbu manages to come off looking pretty snappy nonetheless. The dining room feels calm and serene with a lot of wooden furniture and green upholstery. Set in the bowels of the Pacheer ...

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555 Nanjing Xi Lu


Trendy reboots of traditional Asian cuisines tend to attract plaudits and vitriol in equal measures, but if anyone can tip the balance in favour of the former, it’s celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. His latest project sees him share the spotlight with his Korean-born wife Marja, ...

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3 Zhongshan Dong Yi LuOnline booking


East has plans to reopen in a new location in 2018. Tianzifang restaurants don’t always get the best rap, but there are a few destinations that will lure us into the labyrinth of tourists and tourist traps based on the strength of their food offerings. These include recently opened Indian ...

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No.39, Lane 155 Jianguo Zhong Lu

Professor Lee

If you think mall dining equals bland, pre-prepared dishes being churned out under the harsh glow of strip lights, Professor Lee is a spot that will make you think again. At lunch, it’s a bustling location serving reasonably-priced set meals for the office crowd at K11; by night, it’s a ...

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300 Huaihui Zhong Lu


Perched on the second floor of Bund 6 with sweeping views of the Pudong skyline, SUN with AQUA is a tried-and-true gem. The Bundside mainstay has been serving high-quality but unfussy Japanese cuisine for more than a decade. Walk through the buzzing space during any given lunch time and how do ...

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6 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
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