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Located in the grand lobby of Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, Lafite is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most premier fine-dining establishments. This elegant and romantic restaurant boasts high ceilings and ample space between each table. Its full-length glass window looks out on to the private Shangri-La park, which is lush with vegetation. The chairs have a wide berth and are extremely comfortable, perfect for a power lunch or a business dinner.
The sea urchin tart, a unique take on a traditional tart, is made with buckwheat flour and filled with sea urchin mousse that is a combination of crème fraiche, tarragon and Australian native finger limes. Another noteworthy appetiser is the grilled Atlantic octopus, which is slightly charred on the outside and cooked to perfection on the inside. The dish is accompanied with a corn cream mousseline, which is sweet with a hint of spice, thanks to the addition of black garlic paste and espellete pepper.
For mains, a classic dish is the lobster thermidor in a mustard and béchamel sauce grilled with emmental cheese. Served in a lobster tail, the generous portion of lobster meat is complemented perfectly by the grilled emmental.
The Angus beef with seasonal asparagus, tomato bernaise sauce and comte cheese meringue is another must-try dish. The beef is cooked perfectly to order but the star of the dish is no doubt the tomato bernaise sauce, which adds a whole new dimension to the standard cut of beef.
The valrhona chocolate mousse with passion fruit filling and peanut nougatine surrounded by cacao bubbles is a deliciously sweet finish to the grand meal. The already excellent flavours of this delectable dessert are further elevated by the tang of the passion fruit filling.
Lafite has an extensive wine list including a number of rare and exotic vintages such as the the1928 Chateau Latour, the 1945 Chateau Lafite Rothschild and even the 1949 Chateau Margaux. In addition to the classics, there are also up and coming selections from both New World and Old World regions. The wines by the glass change periodically and offer a wide range of choices.
The service at Lafite is one of the best experiences you will have in Kuala Lumpur. The host greets you by name upon entering and shows you to your seat while the servers are extremely polished and very well versed with the menu.
The bill was RM950 including four glasses of wine. When dining at a restaurant in a hotel with an excellent reputation and a high standard of food, one must expect the price to be on the higher end and at Lafite, you can be assured that your money is well spent.