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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.
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.
Jean Georges / French
Yes, this is the Jean Georges of NYC fame and he brings to Shanghai his internationally acclaimed French cuisine with a slight Asian twist. The restaurant is situated on the fourth floor of Three on the Bund, the interior is lavish and exotic with accents like eel-skin sofas.
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.