hanghai retained its spot as the city with the most number of quality restaurants in the latest Black Pearl restaurant guide released on January 11, as the list seeks to cement itself as China’s answer to the Michelin Guide.
Announced at a ceremony at The Venetian Macao, 54 eateries in the city were awarded between one to three diamonds by the second annual guide, up from 53 restaurants last year.
Three restaurants were given the top award of three diamonds: Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Fu He Hui, and Amazing Chinese Cuisine, down from five venues last year.
Fourteen restaurants received two diamonds, including Cantonese eatery Ming Court, French bistro Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire, and fine dining Shanghainese restaurant Fu 1015.
There were 36 one-diamond restaurants this year, ranging from newcomers such as Wang Bao He, a restaurant founded in 1744 that’s known for its hairy crab, to a branch of the popular Lou Shang Hot Pot restaurant.
Created in 2018 by food and e-commerce platform Meituan Dianping, the Black Pearl aims to promote Chinese cuisine while turning it into China’s take on the renowned French restaurant guide. In a press release, Black Pearl said this year’s restaurants were critiqued more stringently than in 2018, and judges included experienced chefs and food experts who appraised the nominees based on their cooking skills, experience, and innovation.
In total, 287 restaurants were awarded diamonds in 2019, comprising of 20 three-diamond restaurants, 77 two-diamond restaurants, and 190 one-diamond restaurants. After Shanghai, Beijing had the most number of restaurants at 30, followed by a tie between Chengdu and Hangzhou at 15.
Outside of mainland China, Tokyo was the top city with 25 restaurants on the list, followed by Hong Kong (21), and Macau (14). See here for the full list.
Shanghai restaurants in the 2019 Black Pearl
Amazing Chinese Cuisine | 菁禧荟
Fu He Hui | 福和慧
Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana
Da Dong (Yue Yang Plaza) | 大董（越洋广场店）
Fu 1015 | 福1015
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire
Maggie 5 | 西郊5号
Ming Court | 明阁
New Rongji (West Nanjing Road) | 新荣记（南京西路店）
River Drunk Huaiyang | 游宴一品淮扬
Royal China Club | 皇朝会
Seventh Son (Jing’an) | 家全七福酒家（静安店）
Yong Fu | 甬府
Yong Yi Ting | 雍颐庭
Bistro 321 Le Bec
Dashu Wujie (Xujiahui) | 大蔬无界·上海徐家汇公园美素馆
Forfun Aquatic Development | 伙坊水产
Fu 1088 | 福1088
Hot Pot Sun (Xintiandi) | 洋房火锅（新天地店）
Imperial Treasure (The Bund) | 御宝轩（益丰•外滩源店）
Jade Mansion (IFC Mall) | 苏浙总会（国金中心店）
Ji Yue Hot Pot (Jinjiang branch) | 季悦火锅（锦江店）
Jing Cai Xuan (Heng Long Plaza) | 晶采轩（恒隆广场店）
Kanpai Classic (Bund No.5) | 老乾杯（外滩5号店）
Lei Garden (IAPM branch) 利苑（IAPM店）
Lou Shang Hot Pot (South Maoming Road) | 楼上火锅（茂名南路店）
Mr & Mrs Bund
Mercato by Jean-Georges
Oriental House (Jing’an) | 醉东（静安嘉里店）
Opposite by Jenson&Hu
Phénix Eatery & Bar
Ruihua Villa | 瑞华樟园
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Solo (Hengshan Road)
Spring Pujiang (Lao Ma Tou branch) | 浦江春晓（老码头店）
Sushi Kokoro | 鮨心和
Sushi Taro Ten
Wang Bao He Shanghai Restaurant | 王宝和上海餐厅
Xindalu China Kitchen | 新大陆-中国厨房
Yu Zhi Lan | 玉芝兰
Zen Yi Jing Guan Tang | 禅一·静观堂
Zi Fu Hui | 子福慧
[Photos via Dianping]