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.
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
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.
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
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