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Located on the first floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, the décor in Shang Palace is reminiscent of ancient China. It is large and spacious, with comfortable smaller rooms for those who prefer a little more privacy.
The extensive dim sum collection boasts a selection of traditional staples and also interesting new creations.
The cha siu sou, a baked barbecued chicken pastry, comes with a walnut topping, which lends a pleasant nutty aroma to the very light, melt-in-your-mouth puff pastry. The popular siew mai is given an interesting twist thanks to its topping of lightly seared fresh scallops.
The chef’s recommendation, la gau zi, which is poached Shanghai chicken dumplings with a spicy soya dip, is perfect for those who like hot and peppery dishes. Another must-try dish is the barbecued chicken with glazed honey. The meat is charred to perfection, moist and flavourful on the inside and caramelized on the outside.
Peking duck, a famous traditional Chinese dish, is presented whole, and carved on a side station. Shang Palace definitely deserves top marks for staying true to the customary way of serving this dish. The steamed pancakes are thin and springy, which allows the flavour of roast duck slices and sweet bean sauce to seep through. The skin lives up to expectation and is thin and crispy – perfection!
The lemongrass jelly topped with sorbet, refreshingly light with just a hint of sourness, is just the dessert to round off the meal. The poached pear is tender and a sweeter option but still a light enough to balance out the heaviness of the main meal.
Shang Palace has an extensive drinks menu that spans 11 pages. It boasts a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including champagnes, white wines, red wines, teas, juices, beers and cocktails and liquors. All drinks are by the glass with the exception of the champagnes and wines, which are available by the bottle.
The service here is impeccable with service staff having full knowledge of the menu in addition to being polite, prompt and efficient.
Given its impeccable service and the fact that Shang Palace is located with a five-star hotel, one should expect prices to be on the higher end of the spectrum. Appetisers start at RM24 and go up to RM33, bird’s nest and hasma dishes start at RM91 and go up to RM266, seafood dishes start at RM49 and go up to RM467 while meat dishes start from RM35 and go up to RM252.