Since we didn't get to dine in Lafite for my birthday (they were closed for a private event), we decided to dine here for Hubby's birthday lunch. Because I was so busy, I sort of forgot to blog this. Please note that this showcase lunch is no longer available.
Starting early February, they have changed the set lunch format, it is now 3-course set lunch at RM99++, comprising of chef's daily inspiration of teasers (changes weekly), main course selection (pick 1 from 5) and tasting of petite sweets. I have not tried the new set lunch yet, but I have tried the new a la carte menu for dinner and it is absolutely divine - will find time to blog that one in the next week. Just for your information, dinner now is either 3-course (RM195++) or 5-course (RM275++) - the menu is seasonal. No more tasting menus too.
If you don't know already, Lafite has a new chef de cuisine John Nash. Be awed by his cooking and creative flair.
We have been to Lafite several times for its showcase lunch (Click here to read about our previous visit). During our last few visits, the desserts were showcased, this time it was the appetizers. At first, we had mixed feelings since we thought most appetizers won't work well if served cold. We thought wrong, as somehow the chef managed to come up with appetizers which worked well in the showcase.
The new winter butter which we enjoy - it is made of maple syrup, figs, raisins and apricots.
So, basically we were given an empty plate and can walk up to the showcase as many times as we wanted and then once we were done with the showcase, let them know and they will ask the kitchen to prepare the main courses. We didn't dare eat too much in case we were too full (we did eat our fair share) and spoil the enjoyment of our mains and dessert.
Potato soup with lumpfish caviar - this was pretty good, very smooth
This was my favorite one from the showcase - foie gras mousse with rye bread and a sweet "jam" which you squeeze on yourself... I lost count of how many I ate... but it was a lot. LOL
We also liked this - the simple cured salmon with horseradish cream, love the herb leaf sandwiched between the crisp. So pretty.
Was happy to see scallops, but dismayed to see that it was served with kiwi (which I am allergic to). Luckily, the waiting staff said he could get me some without the kiwi, and he brought out 4 plates for me. Yay! How's that for good service.
Roasted scallop with kiwi and orange glaze
Without kiwi ;)
I also loved this one - goat's cheese with apricot and cranberries - but it was very filling so I think I only ate 3-4 LOL
Spiced tuna with pineapple and citrus.
Caesar salad with dressing in one of those cute tubes again
Sweet potato parfait with marshmallows and hazelnuts
Feta cheese with melon
Smoked duck wrapped with vegetables and lemongrass sauce
For mains, there were 5 selections - Hubby picked the black cod with olives, tomato and onion. Beautifully flaky, I had a few bites and I preferred this over mine. The beef short ribs with horseradish, carrot and celery root was also nicely prepared but perhaps fish was more suitable cos it was lighter and more suited after a heavy *ahem* round of appetizers. There is still black cod in the current lunch menu but paired with other ingredients.
Beef short ribs
There were 3 dessert choices, luckily I didn't order the Mont Blanc Minutes (chesnut/meringue/mango) since it contained kiwi. Even if I did, Hubby would be forced to swap his dessert with mine LOL. I had the apple tatin (cinnamon/gratine/caramel), which also had an apple granita, mango leather and apple crisp. Both desserts were okay but not particularly memorable.
Mont Blanc Minutes
Some fresh fruits
Nice Christmas tree
*Note: This showcase lunch is no longer available. Current lunch menu is RM99++.
Verdict: This was good, I can't wait to try out their new set lunch offerings.
Full set of photos available to view here.
Opening times: Lunch Monday to Friday 12.00 - 2.30pm; Dinner Monday to Saturday 7.00pm - 10.30pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Price: RM88++ per person, including coffee/tea.
Location: Lafite Restaurant, Lobby Level, Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 03- 2074 3900
GPS Coordinates: 3.1541, 101.706297