Monday, August 17, 2009

Lafite @ Shangri La Kuala Lumpur

Everything seems to be acting up recently.

My laptop starting to show signs of old age, the days of re-installing of the whole system, irritating pop ups asking you to install drivers (even if you don't need them) and overheating.

My internet needless to say has put me off from blogging since the yesteryears.

Even my body seem to be acting up too, the rainy skys and the hot sun finally got the better of me.

Enough about me.


Going through my recent but growing gallery of photos that i have snapped with my phone, a hidden gem reveals itself among them all.

Now close to being a Shangri La Prestige member for a whole year, i have yet to step inside LaFite till the following lunch.

Lunch being the most affordable meal is only available during weekdays, a day where normal human beings work and not take 2 hour lunches. To those who do take 2 hour lunches, good for you.

Dinner on the other hand can be an exorbitant affair with the reduced 20% discount off the bill.

So when we all got all miserable bonuses, we decided sod it, we will splurge recession style.

To dine in La Fite during lunch time!

The cheapest lunch menu at RM82++ entitles you to a main (pick from a choice of mains), a dessert and a variety of starters on the buffet tree. Throw in the Prestige Card (well we had 3 in the group) and our lunch ended at RM60 plus per pax, RM40 plus if you dine with one other.

The Buffet Tree serves a variety of appetisers that are not exactly impressive. Firstly, as cooked dishes, these are left out with no warmers, so it cools down. Secondly, some were basic items that didn't shout La Fite (the grandest poshiest grand daddy of all fine dining places).

However there was an item that intrigued us; the lemon tea that was served in a shot glass. The tea was served in a ball like sitting on sugar syrup. Bite into the ball to release the tea and voila, lemon tea in the mouth!

Despite that, the up and downs, you can still take plates and plates of scallops, seared tuna with watermelon and lime, smoked salmon and prawns. It does scream value for money.

They also serve a white roll and a wholemeal roll with what tasted like a tomato butter but had the texture of mayonnaise (mild but i still prefer butter)together with your starter.

Halfway through the starters, a small cup of cauliflower or was it potato soup was served (i presume an amuse bouche too late?)

The main which was a striploin served the way i wanted it; medium rare was a joy to bite into. Smooth mash, sauce that consisted of the steak juice and some mustard and good beef are all you going to need for a perfect lunch.

The dessert was a string of bite sized pieces to be eaten from a sour raspberry ice cream tart to a sweet lavender marshmallow.

The raspberry ice-cream tart (top left) was absolutely brilliant but after that the remainder werent great but palatable nonetheless.
All in all a good place for a tai tai lunch and those who either don't need to work or can afford long lunch hours. Did i mention they serve free water and theres absolutely no pressure for you to order a drink or coffee/tea?

Address and contact details:
Shangri La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 - 20322388

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars. What really mattered i.e. the steak came perfectly done. I can only imagine when i decide to splurge on the 12 course meal courtesy to the voucher which works out to be around RM250++ per pax, what kind of heaven i would be at.


Sean said...

free water?! grrrr, i remember being forced to order san pellegrino or something exorbitant...
rm60 is a pretty good deal for a semi-buffet lunch ... though rm82++ probably wouldn't be worth it...

J said...

Wah. Looks yummy!
(Hmmm, but I think I would definately fall asleep after a buffet lunch)

sc said...

the steak does look scrumptious! and the mash looks smooth and creamy..

qwazymonkey said...

Hmmm the lunch looks like tak cukup makan liddat.

I had a drink like the tea drink the last time, only difference was that tropical fruits broke out instead of tea. Nevertheless spectacular. :)

Love Lafite. Can borrow your card?

PureGlutton said...

The lunch certainly was good value, with the card privilege of course. Now... i need to take the a'noon off for such pampering ;-)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Cool. A hint of molecular g to tempt you to come back for dinner.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I've always wanted to try Lafite, but the small portions put me off lar. I might need many many plates of appetizers to feel full. =P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: the buffet tree is like i said, buffet..go take as many as you like, i did!

ll: i know..damn bad..

pureglutton: thats the downside lor..

qwazymonkey: bcos the 2nd,3rd,4th rounds i didnt take pictures mah..mine expiring soon, when you want? hehe

sc: the steak was one of the best i had..

j: haha can skip the appetisers and eat the main lor =(

sean: free water, no questions asked..maybe it could be lunch time = for the ppl on budget..

Nic (KHKL) said...

i wanna pinjam the card too! can your card last until december 09 ar? hehehe...since am pinjam-ing, might as well go to zipangu oso la, hor? hehe...


Cynthia said...

I hope you get a new computer soon as we look forward to all the wonderful things you present to us so often.

thule a.k.a leo said...

having meals in hotel is normally an expensive affair. After all, we are talking about 4 to 5-stars hotel.
for fine dining, RM100 per person is acceptable for me but beyond that, it will need a very special occasion!
read about ur La-fite tweet last time...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: yeah the tweet and now the post! the tip is to get a card n maximise the returns!

cyn: well i hope the laptop gonna behave soon!

nic: until 30 not sure if i want to renew for another year since i had quite a few meals there already.

thule a.k.a leo said...

speaking from someone who works for the Big 5... lol!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: no sure everyone will..

550ml jar of faith said...

Free water??! That's luxe! By ANY dining standards!

Life for Beginners said...

Hmm, that lemon tea ball seems too gimmicky for my tastes. :P

genuiness said...

I remember eating at LaFite before the change of chef and all these molecular gastronomy mumbo jumbo. The cooking was classical french although for me, Third Floor (Marriott) and Cilantro (Micasa) were both stronger.

Wouldn't go near it now though...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

genuiness: well cilantro been closed and shud reopen this year if not nxt yr..n i heard rave reviews abt 3rd of personal preference on mumbo jumbo vs classic styles..

lob: gimmicky if its easily made..skill if u got no idea how they do it..

550ml: of course!

CUMI & CIKI said...

lovely! i rmbr the liquid nitrogen frozen sorbet balls we had that stuck to our tongue! those were good!

thenomadGourmand said...

lovely! worth it me thinks..for Lafite and for tht price!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: go get unka to sign up for the card..

c&c: sorbet balls!??