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Shintori / Japanese
This massive, minimalist warehouse of a Japanese restaurant is easy to miss; look for an unmarked doorway in the gray wall and follow the bamboo-lined path beyond. Shintori is popular, more for its hip decor and urbane vibe -- lofty ceilings, fully-open kitchen, and polished concrete.
Lost Heaven / Yunnan
Lost Heaven's specialty is cuisine from the tribal minorities of China's Yunnan Province. As far as date restaurants go, this place ticks nearly all of the boxes: dim, flickering candle light, exotic decor, atmospheric music and, most importantly, good food.
Sushi Oyama / Japanese
Sushi Oyama is an equisite Japanese sushi restaurant that offers a multi-course "omakase," or chef's choice menu that changes nightly for reservation-only guests. All their seafood is imported directly from Tokyo and Nagasaki, and the menu changes with what's in season.
Mr & Mrs Bund / French
A "Modern French Eatery" by Shanghai-famous chef Paul Pairet, Mr & Mrs Bund serves Pairet's unique take on classic French cuisine. Expect a few molecular specialties and clever in-jokes. Service is family-style, recast for a modern table.
Sir Elly's / Fine Dining
Sir Elly's is the Peninsula Hotel's fine dining, Euro flagship restaurant, up on the thirteenth floor with views across the river to Pudong. The dining room adheres to Shanghai's art deco aesthetic while kitchen serves forward-thinking French inspired cuisine.
Fu 1088 / Shanghainese
Like Shanghai itself, Fu 1088 is modern, experimental and forward thinking but hasn't lost touch with it's roots. Contemporary Chinese cuisine with Western influences is served in a stately, classic, tucked away villa on the edge of Jing'an District.
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana / Italian
Umberto Bombana is an oft-dropped name in Hong Kong's food scene and his restaurant 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana is one of only five restaurants with three Michelin stars in that city. This branch is their attempt to double down on those accolades when Michelin finally writes a guide on Shanghai.
el Willy / Spanish
This is the newly-relocated mid-range Spanish restaurant by "Willy" Trullas Moreno. Willy's cooking is more contemporary than traditional Spanish--but stops well short of molecular fine dining. The space occupies a floor on the recently redeveloped Bund 22 Property.