Numerous visits have I paid to the hotel, but that night was meant for a different purpose and destination. And talking about the fictional dreamy paradise of the orient exoticism, it was one of those fortunate fates that brought me to Shang Palace, the Chinese restaurant of Shangri-La. Specializing in Cantonese cuisines, I was invited to taste their Tea-infused menu.
Hanging on to the original luxurious concept of the hotel, this restaurant depicts elegance at its oriental finest. Talking about a couple of jade color imperial guardian lion and lioness at the front entrance, resembling a mythical protection and also keeping the balance of yin and yang. The iconic color red, denoting the lucky shade for the Chinese (and also the one color that unconsciously can increase your appetite, aha!), dominates most of the interior.
|Subtle ornaments synchronizing the red dominance|
It wasn't long for the food to start flowing on the table. It was a well-organized set courses from appetizer to dessert.
|A very hearty and warming bowl of Corn and Crab Soup (not included in the tea menu promo)|
|Steamed Bai Ling Mushroom and Seafood with Rain Flower Tea Sauce (78k)|
|Braised Bo Lei Duck (68k)|
|Glutinous Rice and Fish cooked with Yellow Treasure Flower (58k)|
Frankly, I was in confusion defining the tea aroma for this dish. The fact that they used lotus leaf and a bamboo bowl to cook this rice dish, the tea aroma seemed to get lost in between. I couldn't decide whether the fragrant of each bite was coming from the tea or the previous elements. However, it was a hearty lo mai gai like dish, with a twist of fish on top.
It's not just plain glutinous rice. The chef also added extremely soft strands of crab and shallots to the rice. Hence, it has that soft seafood aroma, a much milder version of what usually released from dried shrimps.
|Lamb Chop with Golden Phoenix Tea (88k)|
On another hand, the plating of this dish also resembles yin and yang symbol. Looking at the position of the lamb chop and the shape of the sauce itself, oh, just one genius way to swoop in an oriental element in a fusion dish.
|Chef's Special Stewed Pork Rib, served with Chinese buns (88k)|
|Chilled Red Tea Jelly with Chinese Pear and Pipa (58k)|
Tea-Infused Menu Promo will be available till the end of this month. Also visit Shang Palace for their all you can eat dimsum. Better make prior call for further confirmation.
Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1