Well, Shintori is supposed to be one of the best in town (if not THE best) so no other reason needed to investigate.
The entry itself tells everything. With bamboo trees and white stones alleys, your expectations are already booming.
The restaurant is set on two floors in an old factory, and they kept the design simple and bare. There is an open kitchen where you can freely admire how they prepare their sushi rolls. They carry the dishes for the second floor-guests throughout a “lift”. The subdued lishts, building an intimate and trendy atmosphere, were a bit bothersome to read the menu and to see what we were eating.
The menu is really extensive which can prove difficult when choosing what to order even if you are not usually hesitant.
Overall I would say it is a great restaurant, which you will clearly enjoy around good dishes and one (or two) bottles of wine. State that is the best of Shanghai might be a bit overrated though…
One last thing, two things actually.
The kitchen staff yelled some mysterious greetings when customers get in AND out, which can show to be a bit scary. Heard it is a Japanese custom.
Second, we were a bit confused by the toilets signs, which results in getting in the wrong gender booth… twice… So if anyone has some clues about what are those signs, please shed some lights!