Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mooncake Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton KL

Mid-Autumn Festival is fast approaching, a time of year whereby we, as a family, would sit around the dining table at home and share a couple of mooncakes over some tea.

To my delight, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur is offering a Mooncake Afternoon Tea from now until 4 October 2017. This special afternoon tea set will feature mini mooncakes as well as Oriental bites instead of pastries and sandwiches. Soothing live music plays in the background so you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the impressive Lobby Lounge.



Served in the beautiful three-tier set, you will find savouries such as prawn paste toast topped with smoked salmon (our favorite!), chicken sausage tart, crispy spring rolls, black glutinous rice topped with chicken floss and Shanghainese parboiled duck egg with caviar. Five types of mooncakes are served with this set, including snow skin and baked mooncakes with fillings such as shiro umeboshi with green tea, red bean, lotus paste and assorted nuts with chicken.






The set also comes with warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.



Guests will be able to select from a choice of 40 luxury Ronnefeldt Teas, including the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur blend. I went for this while Hubby went for the Tarry Lapsang. For the kids, I selected a mild Morgentau Green Tea and fruity Strawberry and Crisps. We unanimously agreed that the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur blend went best with the mooncakes.


As always, the service here is top notch and the wait staff ensured our tea cups were filled throughout the afternoon. An afternoon well-spent with the family. ;)




The Mooncake Afternoon Tea is priced at RM80 per person. It is available from 3pm - 6pm daily, until 4 October 2017.


Service: Excellent.

Location: The Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2142 8000

GPS Coordinates: 3.146901, 101.715438

Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KualaLumpur/Default.htm




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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 or watch its dramatic entrance here.





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 restaurantreservations.slkl@shangri-la.com


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

Tel: 03- 2074 3900

Website: https://www.shangri-la-specials.com/web/home.aspx

GPS Coordinates: 3.1541, 101.706297


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