Since my parents have a Shang Card, I often use it to dine at Lemon Garden and Zipangu. I only knew The Pub existed when I saw the Shangri-la KL Hotel Voucher, which offered a FREE 3-course dinner for 2 there. Tucked away in a small corner, the place was very un-happening for a pub in KL. For starters, we were given a choice of soup or salad. rif and I both went for the soup, as the salad didn’t appeal to us. The soup was thick and grainy, with a decent amount of chopped mushrooms. It didn’t taste like it came from the can, but the soup could use a bit more seasoning and maybe some crunchy croutons for texture.The breadrolls were cold, and bordering chewy. On top of that, we were given UN-salted butter. I dislike eating my bread with unsalted butter. It’s like giving me fried chicken without the skin, or nasi lemak without the sambal.We had a choice of rib eye, salmon and grilled chicken for our mains. The mains came with mash potatoes and some sautéed vegetables. I ordered the rib eye, and asked for it to be done medium rare — it was cooked precisely to order.
I reckon this was the better of the two mains we had – the meat was tender, fatless and juicy. A pity the gravy was too salty; it overpowered an otherwise good piece of steak. The mash potatoes and sautéed vegetables were nothing to shout about. rif’s grilled chicken was bordering dry, thank goodness there was plenty of gravy to eat this with. It wasn’t bad tasting, but I’m just not a fan of white meat. I love eating dark meat, and the more fatty the chicken, the better it is for me.Dessert was a huge letdown. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten such a dreadful tasting cake from Shangri-la KL before. It felt as though I was eating a combination of foam and dish-washing sponge. It was so plastic-tasting, I couldn’t finish it.
Dinner at The Pub was mediocre at best. If it wasn’t for the voucher, I wouldn’t bother coming here to eat.
Food: 5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: You’re better off eating at the other restaurants in the hotel.
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
11, Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
03 2074 3900