In the quest for the perfect culinary experience, restaurant owners will go to great lengths to create a unique dining atmosphere for customers. Nothing quite compares to Paul Pairet’s new restaurant Ultraviolet in Shanghai, however. Labeled as ‘immersive dining’, each plate of the multi-course meal is served with a different table cloth and different dining ware, as well as a different ‘atmosphere’, provided by the room’s ever-changing surround sound, floor-to-ceiling screens, and scent dispellers, all connected by more than 8.5 miles of cables and wires.
“The characteristic of Ultraviolet is to try to unite multi-sensorial technology with food,” said Pairet, who is the executive director as well as the head chef, in a video for the New York Times. “In a normal restaurant, light has nothing to do with your dish. The music which will play in the background has nothing to do with your dish. In this restaurant, we have the chance to be able to control those elements.” He reportedly looked at over 80 different spaces before choosing an old recording studio for the restaurant he calls “the project of my life”.
So if you’re getting a little bored of going out to eat at restaurants with only one fixed environment, which, face it, you are, this might be the next place for you to try. Be warned though, you never know what emotions will be triggered by this all-encompassing dining experience.
Bookings for the Shanghai location can be made at the restaurant’s web site.
By Lauren Holdcroft