1515 West Chophouse & Bar — Shanghai, China
Something of a byword for creative dining concepts, New York-based firm AvroKO has been causing quite a stir with its latest restaurant the 1515 West Chophouse & Bar. Perched on top of Shanghai’s Shangri-La Jing An, the eclectic interior - inspired by a mix of Old Shanghai movies and classic American grills - features a dramatic entrance with a barrel vaulted wood corridor, while inside the vast 100-seat restaurant comprises an enormous wood-fired grill, sleek black ceramic tiles and a canopy of custom-made glass and brass pendant lights. Entry to the bar is equally compelling with backlit glass block walls inset with art installations of deconstructed movie camera parts. Also on site is a raw seafood bar, a cheese room and a glass-clad bakery with ornate tin ceilings and vintage cast iron ovens. The sublime steaks served on quirky plates hand-painted with a cow’s skull are almost a distraction.