Thursday, September 21, 2017

Beats and Brunch @ Lafite, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

How does spending Sunday sipping on champagne while chit chatting with your friends in an intimate restaurant environment while being served the best French food to the beats of live DJ music sound?

The team at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur have specially crafted Beats and Brunch, a fine dining all-you-can-eat experience at Lafite for you to enjoy every first Sunday of the month.

As soon as we stepped into the restaurant, we were offered a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.. and it was free flow throughout the afternoon. Now, that's what I call GREAT service. Diners can also opt to have red or white wine or cocktails from the Belvedere Spritz collection.

Free flow Veuve Clicquot champagne

Belverdere Spritz Collection

Whet your appetites with the freshly shucked Cadoret oysters from France, and watch as the chefs prepare your eggs with smoked salmon.

Sip some more champagne and the entree will then be served to you. The luxurious entree platter consists of half a lobster thermidor, cold cherry tomato shooter, burrata salad, foie gras terrine and Oscietre Prestige Kaviari caviar. The halved Canadian lobster is stuffed with old-styled mustard and oven baked for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, the foie gras terrine is encased in halved apples which have been roasted at 150 degrees - the sweetness of the apples pairs well with the foie.

Everything was immaculately prepared and tasted amazing. Can't think of a better way to kickstart a meal ;)

For the mains and dessert, diners can then order from the a la carte menu, as many times as they like. There are six gourmet mains to choose from, namely the Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef, Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud, Eggs Parfait Cooked at 63 degrees and Grilled Octopus.Which would I recommend? Well, if you have the tummy space, I would say ALL, as they're all delicious in their own way.

My favourite though is the scallop dish (I'm biased cos scallop is my favorite seafood), a plump scallop cooked a la minute and served with an artichoke veloute sauce.

When the Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef arrived at our table, the scent of cigar permeated the air as the serving dome was removed. This is served with cauliflower puree, lemon gel and oyster and seaweed emulsion. You can watch how it's smoked in this YouTube video.

For the Lamb Shoulder dish, they use Spanish lamb which is slow cooked for 36 hours and then glazed with juices and spices. This is served with red onions, Parmesan gnocchi, pomegranate gel and lamb jus.

Using cod fish from France, the Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud is cooked upon order, and served with white beans ragout, baby squid and veal jus.

Love your eggs? Then you have to try the Eggs Parfait, whereby the eggs are cooked at 63 degrees and then served with asparagus ragout, asparagus veloute sauce and Parmesan foam.

Not to be missed is the wonderfully tender Grilled Octopus. The Japanese octopus is grilled, and served with corn cream, Japanese black garlic puree and Provencal sauce vierge.

For desserts, there is French Rum Baba or Chocolate Surprise from the a la carte menu to choose from. Otherwise, there is also an array of exquisite petite desserts and cheese which you can help yourself to from the buffet spread. Executive Pastry Chef Paul Gardin will also be making some live desserts such as a delightful passion fruit pop during our visit.

Watch the unveiling of the Chocolate Surprise here.

Executive Chef Olivier Pistre and his team have definitely put together a great menu showcasing contemporary French cuisine and churning out plates of high-quality, beautifully presented food from the kitchen. A fantastic way to spend your Sundays.

Beats and Brunch at Lafite is priced at RM499 per person. The upcoming sessions are on 1 October, 5 November and 3 December 2017. (12pm - 3pm).

For reservations or further information, please call 03-2074 3900 or email

Location: Lafite, Lobby Level, Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2074 3900


GPS Coordinates: 3.1541, 101.706297

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Royal Canton KL's Mooncakes

This year, Royal Canton presents their inaugural mooncake collection, featuring nine varieties of traditional baked Cantonese mooncake as well as nine types of snow skin mooncake.

What's special about these mooncakes?

All mooncakes sold here at Royal Canton are made with no artificial colouring or preservatives.

As they're not too sweet, these mooncakes will suit the palates of those who are more health-conscious. One of the most unique things about them are that the chefs have used pine nuts, which is more expensive and adds an extra creamy dimension to the mooncakes. Pine nuts are also packed in health-promoting antioxidants.

Furthermore, Royal Canton also offers double egg yolk in some of their baked varieties, which is music to my ears as the more yolk, the better it is ;)

For the baked mooncakes, the flavours available are red bean, pandan lotus seed, white lotus seed, and assorted nuts. As they are an establishment serving pork, their Assorted Nuts baked mooncake features Yunnan Ham. BabySumoKids aren't usually fans of the nut ones, but they adored this and declared it delicious after the first bite.

Similarly for the snow skin mooncake, they offer red bean, pandan lotus seed, white lotus seed as well as yam and durian (made using D24 durians). Our favourites were the pandan lotus seed with pine nuts (RM15.80) and white lotus seed with pine nuts (RM16.80) which disappeared in record time after they were sliced.

Snow skin mooncakes in beautiful pastel colours :)

Handmade mooncake bags

Mooncake Menu

For every purchase of RM388 and above, customers will be given FREE 4 pieces of red bean and pine nuts mooncake. Please contact Royal Canton at 03-2731 4628 to make your orders.

Opening times: Lunch: Mon-Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM, Sat & Sun 10:30AM - 3:00PM, Dinner: 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Location: Royal Canton, Lot L2-03A - L2-2-07, 2nd floor, DC Mall, Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damanlela, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM1 per entry after 6pm)

Tel: 03-2731 4628


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