After having a sumptious meal at Island Shangri-La Hong Kong's spectacular 2-Michelin-star Petrus recently, my expectation was perhaps overly high at its sister restaurant: Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur's Lafite, the much-feted and highly-rated fine dining eatery.
We did have a very good dinner, by KL standards:
- the strangely-labelled "Rabbit Omelette" was a sandwich of sorts, containing pulled rabbit meat which had been braised with sorrel and orange juice till fork-tender. It was one of American chef John Nash's signature dishes which, whilst good, did not really bowl us over;
- the "Lobster Tail", cooked with morels, cranberry and apples fared better - it was suitably fruity and tasted somewhat "Christmassy";
- the "Wagyu Striploin" were cuts of fragrant Wagyu roast beef (a bit overcooked and dry, I must say), served with potato balls, toasted whole hazelnuts and garlic. Tasty beef, but disappointing preparation technique;
- "Dover Sole", served with cabbage & mustard veloute, and maitake mushrooms, was good - admittedly the tastiest preparation of this fish I'd had. Kudos to the chef here;
- "Mont Blanc" - absolute let-down: unimaginative sponge cake layered with cream, topped by a tasteless chestnut mousse and much-too-sweet sugar biscuits, seated upon mango jelly;
- "Globe", which is a round-shaped, plum-sized chocolate filled with caramel & raisins, served with a quenelle of fresh cream and topped with hot chocolate sauce. It did not bowl me over, nor was it even tasty.
No petit fours with the coffee. Prices are high - about RM400++ (US$130++) per person without wine. Am not very impressed - if this is one of the "best" fine dining spots in KL, I'm not sure what I'll make of lesser spots :-(
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2032 2388 Ext. 1638