The MICHELIN Guide Shanghai 2024 was unveiled. The eighth edition of the MICHELIN Guide Shanghai presents the most extensive list for mainland China, recommending 148 restaurants, including 2 Three MICHELIN Star restaurants, 8 Two MICHELIN Star restaurants, 41 One MICHELIN Star restaurants, 26 Bib Gourmand restaurants, and 71 Michelin Guide selected restaurants. During the press conference, the MICHELIN Guide also handed out 3 Special Awards: the MICHELIN Young Chef Award, Sommelier Award and Service Award.
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guide, commented "Shanghai is a unique city in China. ‘The Pearl of the Orient’ is famed for its vibrant energy, multicultural atmosphere, and fast-moving way of life. It boasts a fascinating food & beverage industry, and its gastronomic scene presents a great diversity of cuisine. After a few years marked by challenges brought on by the pandemic, our selection team has been impressed to see how Shanghai is recovering." He went on to say "Promoted or newly awarded restaurants paint a fabulous picture of Shanghai’s culinary scene: chefs with different nationalities and cultural backgrounds are here exchanging ideas and skills. The efforts made to achieve excellence and delicacy are reflected in every dish, with no limits on the type of cuisine or the chefs’ imagination.”
5 Restaurants Receive One MICHELIN Star for the First Time
The MICHELIN Guide Shanghai 2024 introduced 5 new One Star restaurants. Among them, New Wave by Da Vittorio Bistrot and Yue Hai Tang were promoted from last year’s ‘selected’ status, and EHB, Ling Long, and Tou Zao made their debut and immediately received One Star. They all impressed MICHELIN Inspectors with their outstanding dining experiences, earning a place on the globally recognized MICHELIN Star list.
Nestling in an iconic art museum, this establishment has bright, airy spaces with a retractable glass roof and arched windows. The menu showcases seasonal seafood from around the world, alongside fish from Fujian and veggies from Hainan. Italian favorites are served in rotation, while handmade tagliolini and the lobster specialty are permanent fixtures. Passionate about cooking, the head chef deals with small local farmers in person to ensure quality and freshness.
Yue Hai Tang’s culinary team is led by an experienced chef who has worked in some of Shanghai’s most prestigious kitchens. Besides the main menu, his team, which has been with him for a long time, fashions a wickedly enticing Cantonese barbecue alongside seasonal offerings and a selection of painstakingly crafted dishes, such as lobster and crab meat in pastry. The wine list boasts over 500 choices.
EHB are the initials of Esben Holmboe Bang. The chef's first and only dining concept outside Norway occupies a restored, one hundred year-old villa. The culinary journey begins and ends in the third-floor lounge, with canapé and dessert while the other courses are served in the strikingly-lit space on the second floor. Nordic in origin, with subtle Chinese influences, the predominantly seafood menu is served omakase style.
The subdued lighting makes this establishment, housed in a century-old building on the Bund, feel mysterious and theatrical. The sensation is matched by a season-driven menu divided into acts, like a play. Neo-Chinese creations are finessed by European techniques, and presented in whimsical and ceremonious ways. For an evening’s fine dining take on the classic beef in oyster sauce - beef from Shandong is marinated then deep-fried and grilled. Creative wine pairing options add to the fun.
Unlike the atmosphere in a typical bustling Chinese establishment, Tou Zao offers the serenity and intimate service of a sushiya. But the single prix-fixe menu, featuring hot entrées and dim sum, is unmistakably Cantonese. The sautéed lobster with scallion trio has addictive aromas and springy flesh. Spring rolls and Cantonese puff pastries are made tableside to order and served piping hot. Deft control of heat and remarkable wok hei are the hallmarks of the food here.
In the new MICHELIN Guide Shanghai 2024, Taian Table and Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet have retained their Three MICHELIN Star distinction, thanks to their innovative and imaginative dishes that continue to surpass expectations. Eight restaurants maintained their Two MICHELIN Stars, including Cantonese restaurants 102 House, Bao Li Xuan, Canton 8 (Runan Street), Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine (Huangpu), and Ji Pin Court, Italian restaurants 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana and Da Vittorio, and The House of Rong which offers exquisite Taizhou cuisine. Furthermore, 36 restaurants continued to offer high quality cuisine and received One MICHELIN Star. In total, 51 Starred restaurants are recommended in the new edition, spanning 17 different cooking styles, all creating outstanding dining experiences for guests.
In addition, Taian Table has been recognized with the MICHELIN Green Star for another year. The restaurant team has not ceased to contribute to society nor to continue the promotion of sustainable initiatives. The focus on charity work and extending the awareness of environmental protection with various organizations will continue to be a priority.
5 Restaurants Debut on the Bib Gourmand List
The MICHELIN Guide Shanghai 2024 proposes a total of 26 Bib Gourmand restaurants, including 5 new entries. The Chic 1699 restaurant team comes from Xiamen and brings authentic Fujian cuisine with seafood from their home town. Jing Mei Wu Xi Si Fang Mian Guan’s owner is from Wuxi, and their noodles, dim sum, and dishes are rich in local flavors. The Wuxi Spare Rib Noodles is a must-try dish, with tender and flavorful spare ribs that melt in your mouth.
Yu Ge Zhanjiang (Jingan) specializes in Guangdong-Zhanjiang cuisine, using authentic ingredients providing rich and sweet flavors, making it a great place for late-night dining. Yu Du Lao Wei Mian (Huangpu) is a seafood noodle restaurant originating from Zhoushan. The restaurant offers a wide variety of seafood, all sourced from Zhoushan, with a focus on yellow croaker and beltfish. Qiao Ai Lai Lai Xiao Long (Huangpu), located in a discreet alleyway, is very popular, especially during the peak season for the plumpest hairy crabs. Their signature pure crab paste xiaolongbao is filled with rich crab paste and served with the restaurant's special ginger vinegar sauce, offering a rich and fragrant taste.
In addition, 71 restaurants have been included as MICHELIN Selected restaurants, with 16 of them making their debut.
3 MICHELIN Special Awards Recognize Outstanding Industry Talents
At the MICHELIN Guide Shanghai 2024 Ceremony, 3 Special Awards were presented to recognize outstanding talents in the local industry.
The MICHELIN Young Chef Award is designed to honor young chefs with exceptional talent and potential. This year, the Young Chef Award, sponsored by Mingdongyiyu, was awarded to the Brazilian chef, Ms. Viviane MELLO at the new One MICHELIN Star restaurant EHB. Her passion and energy, both in her creativity and her management of the team, have been fully recognized with this award. The team of young talents has shown a strong commitment in excelling in their cooking and pursuing culinary refinement in a very short time. Smooth execution and detailed team work are the hallmarks of her leadership.
The MICHELIN Service Award recognizes and encourages industry professionals with exceptional capabilities. Their professional and charming service makes dining in the restaurant a truly enjoyable experience. This year's Service Award was given to Ms. Shanqin KANG from the MICHELIN Selected restaurant Min He Nan Huan Xi. Ms. Kang, from Yunnan, joined the restaurant industry after graduating and later moved to Shanghai as a member of the restaurant's opening team. In her work, she has always maintained a positive attitude, with good product knowledge and a dedicated focus on needs of demanding guests.
Finally, The MICHELIN Sommelier Award is designed to recognize the outstanding talents of sommeliers in the restaurant industry. These professionals use their skills, their comprehensive wine knowledge, and their dedication and passion for the industry to enhance the dining experience, making it more complete and enjoyable. This year, the Sommelier Award sponsored by Mingdongyiyu was awarded to Mr. Ervin ONG from the Two MICHELIN Star restaurant 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana. Mr. Ong, from Malaysia, is an open-minded professional, has excellent wine service and communication skills and adds to his extensive wine knowledge by taking careful note of guests’ feedback and preferences.
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The MICHELIN Guide Shanghai 2024 at a glance:
148 recommended restaurants:
- 2 Three MICHELIN Star restaurants
- 8 Two MICHELIN Star restaurants
- 41 One MICHELIN Star restaurants (of which, 5 new)
- 26 Bib Gourmand restaurants (of which 5 new)
- 71 MICHELIN Selected restaurants (of which 16 new)
- 1 MICHELIN Green Star restaurant