“On weekends, I sleep until I’m hungry and eat until I’m sleepy.”
Beats and Brunch at Lafite, Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur starts Sunday on the right note with their “all you can eat” modern French cuisine comprising entrées, main courses and desserts by their executive chef Olivier Pistre. And what better way to brunch, than with free flow of champagne, wines and cocktails?
Jien and I were invited to brunch where we tucked into fresh Cadoret oysters with crisp champagne (Veuve Clicquot), an assortment of cheese and a la minute dishes like eggs with smoked salmon. I would have preferred the oysters to be shucked on the spot but the ones on a bed of ice was decent enough to pair with bubbly.
For RM499 nett per head, you also get Chef Olivier’s signature appetiser – cold cherry tomato shooters, gratinated Canadian lobster thermidor and foie gras with apples. This was good stuff. The mains comprise six specialty dishes and the ones that stood out were the Grilled Octopus and Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder.
I found the octopus tender with maintaining its succulence, and while the pairing of corn cream, Japanese black garlic and provencal sauce looked simple, it tasted delicious. You get that creamy sweetness from the octopus and the sauces accentuated the natural flavour of the mollusc.
The lamb shoulder was also well prepared – you get a sweetness from the red onions and savoury notes from the Parmesan gnocchi. I ordered another portion of this and the octopus – #YOLO. Other dishes include the Eggs Parfait, Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud, Wagyu Beef and Hokkaido Scallops.
Personally, I found the wagyu beef just alright despite some raves from the other tables. The beef is tender and smoked using Cohiba cigars, so you get a deeper aroma in each bite. That said, I would have liked it more seared on the outside as nothing beats the flavour of charred beef fats.
I didn’t care much for the French Rum Baba but enjoyed the Chocolate Surprise. The latter is presented as a chocolate sphere, and hot chocolate sauce is poured over the sphere for that gooey deliciousness.
Beats and Brunch at Lafite takes place every first Sunday of the month from noon till 3pm. It’s RM499 nett per person and includes free flow of champagne, wines and cocktails – the next session is happening this 1st October so there’s plenty of time to start planning!
For reservations, call 03-2074 3900 or email [email protected]