Kuala Lumpur - Lafite at the Shangri-La: Not quite Michelin standard yet
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
Most of the dishes indeed looked kind of 'rough with an edge' especially that chocolate dessert!! Surely they can do better with the presentation?! I'm attaching another 'globe' from my meal at HK's Caprice for comparison. Simple yet elegant but muchos delicioso!! Another creamy fruit dessert inside globe when broke open!
BTW, HK Shangri-La has Petrus, KL has Lafite, I wonder which Shangri-La has the 'Latour'?!
re: Charles Yu
Actually, the chocolate globe at Petrus was perfectly round - but I took the photo after the waitress started pouring hot chocolate over it, Charles. Mea culpa :-D
Oh, and the Shangri-la Singapore did use to have a Latour French restaurant, until they closed it back in the late-90s.
I miss Latour, especially their wide range of souffles. I celebrated my 40-something birthday there in 1990s and my guests ordered different flavours for their individual souffles - peach, mango, strawberry, vanilla, pistachio, etc. And I'd go to Latour for their wonderful set lunches. S$45 seemed a lot of money in those days.
Of course, these days, we have to fork out S$200 for a nice lunch at Les Amis or Daniel Boulud. I miss the comfortable tables and seats at Latour, Restaurant Joel Robuchon at Sentosa has a similar atmosphere which I like. I can't stand L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon's bar stool seating and black decor.