BEATS & BRUNCH @ LAFITE, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Weekends are meant for food and relaxation.  That’s why weekend brunches are a dime a dozen, almost every cafe/restaurant/hotel worth its salt has a brunch to offer in this city.  In the sea of masses, what do you choose?

You choose something that’s a bit different, a bit unique perhaps?  Then go no further than Lafite at the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.  There’s a new concept of brunch at Lafite now on every first Sunday of the month, known as Beats and Brunch!  Starting at 12noon till 3.00pm, indulge on an array of “all you can eat” contemporary French cuisine with delicious entrées, mains, desserts and a la minute delights prepared by Executive Chef Olivier Pistre.  Oh did I say there’s also free-flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne, wines and cocktails?

Free-flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne!

Executive Chef Olivier Pistre

Executive Chef Olivier Pistre with Executive Pastry Chef Paul Gardin

Try all the cocktails 🙂

A mountain of Cadoret oysters!

Things also get jived up with live DJ music as I busied myself at the oysters counter where fresh juicy Cadoret oysters are replenished diligently.  These babies were really good, dripping with marine sweetness at every bite.  I think I had at least a dozen all by myself!

Cherries and strawberries were in season – lucky me!  They went extremely well with the oysters and champagne, trust me.

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The pace picked up as the service crew flitted around the restaurant topping up champagne, wine and serving endless plates of the chef’s signature appetisers such as cold cherry tomato shooters, eggs with smoked salmon, gratinated lobster thermidor, among others.

Lobster for brunch

 

You can be assured that your mains are always served freshly cooked as orders have to be placed for them.  The mains are 6 gourmet specials of Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef, Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud, Eggs Parfait and Grilled Octopus.

My personal favourite was the Seared Scallops – big fat Hokkaido ones seared perfectly and served with artichoke velour sauce.  Yes, you can have as many as you like and I think I had at least six of these!

Slow cooked Spanish Lamb Shoulder served with red onions, parmesan gnocchi, pomegranate gel and lamb jus

Grilled Octopus – Japanese octopus grilled and served with corn cream, Japanese black garlic puree and provencal sauce vierge (French sauce made from olive oil, lemon juice, chopped tomatoes, onions and garlic)

Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef – beef grilled and smoked with Cohiba cigars and served with cauliflower puree, lemon gel and oyster & seaweed emulsion

Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud – cod fish from France cooked a la minute and served with white beans ragout, baby squid and veal jus

 

Desserts galore!

Save some space for the desserts because you definitely do not want to skip those.  Besides the selection of dainty French pastries and cakes at the dessert counter, you can also order their specials: French Rum Baba and Chocolate Surprise.

French Rum Baba – sponge cake soaked in rum syrup, topped with Chantilly cream and served with pistachio sponge, raspberries and raspberry gel.

Chocolate Surprise – traditional dessert made with Sable Breton crumble (French shortbread cookies).  Presented with vanilla ice cream, chocolate ball, chocolate syphon, fresh blackberries and old chocolate sauce, it’s something to die for!

Chef Paul Gardin, Executive Pastry Chef making delectable ice-cream candies to thrilled diners

 

As mentioned, the Beats and Brunch affair at Lafite takes place on every first Sunday of the month from 12 noon till 3.00pm.  It’s priced at RM499 nett per person.

For reservations or further information, please call 03-2074-3900 or email restaurantreservations.slkl@shangri-la.com or visit www.shangri-la-specials.com

 

LAFITE
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2032-2388

 

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SUNDAY BUBBLY BRUNCH @ SERENA BRASSERIE, INTERCONTINENTAL KUALA LUMPUR

Sundays are lazy days for me. I sleep in a bit and sometimes I go to the wet market and sometimes I head for a massage. Most people would go for a long lazy brunch. It gets even longer when there’s champagne involved. If you fall into this group, then why not head for the Sunday Bubbly Brunch at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur? After all, it only happens on the last Sunday of the month – so, that’s not too extravagant an indulgence, is it?

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Happening at Serena Brasserie, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant from 12.00pm till 3.00pm, there’s plenty of time to pamper oneself on the range of gastronomic delights laid out in the buffet. The pricing is based on several tiers:

Buffet Brunch: RM150 nett per adult; RM76 nett per child (5-11 years old)
Add on: RM30 nett for free-flowing soft drinks & juices

Buffet Brunch + free-flowing wine & beer: RM150 nett
Buffet Brunch + free-flowing champagne, wine, beer, soft drinks & juices: RM250 nett

 

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There’s a dedicated corner “castle” for kids where a spread of children’s favourites are served. Kids will love the super salad, mini sandwiches, fish fingers, chocolate brownies, cookies and candies there. There’s a clown to entertain the little ones when they are not busy decorating cupcakes.

 

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At the Mimosa Bar, guests get to choose from a selection of fresh juices and if champagne is included, try out the refreshing exotic mixtures of Laurent-Perrier champagne with orange or wild berries, lychee, peach and strawberries.

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Fresh seafood on ice, crisp salads, sushi, cold cuts and cheeses are great to start the brunch with. There are Fine de Claire oysters, Australian spanner crabs, pacific prawns, slipper lobsters, NZ green lip mussels and Alaskan king crabs to choose from. If fresh raw oysters are not your thing, you can have them baked a la oyster Rockefeller style.

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We fell in love with these little pails of bread, fresh from the oven!

 

We loved the live-grill station where our favourite sausages were barbecued, together with chilled sirloin, Norwegian salmon, slipper lobsters, lamb chops, beef patties and tiger prawns.

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Freshly-cooked pasta of your choice!

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Favourites which stood out were the Beef Wellington and made-to-order Vietnamese spring rolls. The Asian main courses like “Har Lok” (Cantonese stir-fried prawns), Squids with Cashews, Ayam Goreng Berempah and ever-popular satay are not to be missed.

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Made-to-order Vietnamese Spring Rolls

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Beef Wellington

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Curry Laksa from the noodles station

Save some tummy space for the desserts. Their acclaimed pastry chef, Chan Eng Hua outdid himself with a huge variety of luscious crepe samurai, chocolate raspberry tartlets, pavlova, mille-feuille, mango lassi mousse with hazelnut crumble and more.

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For reservations, please call Serena Brasserie at 03-2782-6228.

 
SERENA BRASSERIE
The InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
165 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2161-1111

Website: www.intercontinental.com

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