Lemon Garden Re-Opening Party @ Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Lemon Garden Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur officially reopened its doors on February 27th, 2017 after undergoing renovation for four months. On the 24th, I was invited to their re-opening party. It was perfect timing too since on that very day, I would be in KL as sort of like a birthday getaway and for Yoogane’s official grand opening.
I almost did not make it to Lemon Garden’s event because it was raining heavily in KL and I was heading from Bandar Utama.
When I googled the location, I was glad to find out the hotel is easily accessible by public transportation since I wasn’t driving to KL. Obviously, using other modes of transportation like Uber/Grabcar/Taxi is out of the question during peak hours. You’ll be stuck in the traffic jam for hours.
Even at night, the traffic jam was bad since it was a Friday night. I thought I’d take an Uber to get back to KL Sentral after the event. I had my Uber driver canceled on me because he was stuck in a bad traffic jam and I couldn’t wait as my ETS was scheduled to leave at 10.45pm (but it was delayed!).
If you take the monorail, you stop at the Bukit Nanas station and walk for about 8 minutes or so. I was really worried I couldn’t walk to Shangri-La Hotel as it was raining heavily on my way there and I did not bring any umbrella. As soon as I reached Bukit Nanas monorail station, there was only light rain. Phew.
To be honest, I got lost at first when I got to the hotel. I kept going to the wrong side where there’s actually a smaller cafe named ‘Lemon Garden 2 Go‘. It took me a while to figure out the way to Lemon Garden located on the other side. From the lobby’s entrance, Lemon Garden is located on the right side, while the smaller version of Lemon Garden 2 Go located on the left side.
The friendly staffs greeted the guests at the door with a smile while offering a glass of a tangy, sour mocktail martini.
I also chose the sweet fruit punch as my drink of choice. You could also request a glass of wine. I have to compliment the staff because some are very friendly. I had a nice, long chat with one of them where she gave me some recommendations on their specialties that I should try.
Lemon Garden Shangri-La KL received a new facelift designed by Bond Design Studio Inc from Japan. The interior of the restaurant is elegantly decked with modern and contemporary designs, exuding a warm and sophisticated ambiance.
The flooring is made up of gleaming off-white and patterned tiles while the walls are lined with framed glass and golden brown panels. The ceiling features pendant lights and yellow light orbs.
The cozy Lemon Garden has a seating capacity of 368 persons. It doesn’t feel too crowded when it’s actually full of diners nor stuffy. They offer a plethora of tantalizing cuisines from all around the world, featuring a variety of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Italian, Japanese and Western specialties.
Lemon Garden has always been well known for its extensive buffet selections and theater kitchens and I don’t deny this. This is by far the best dinner buffet with the most impressive selection of dishes I’ve been to. I’m sure many people would agree.
Manfred Weber, the area general manager of Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur welcomed the guests and introduced Christopher Hough, the executive assistant manager of F&B and the executive chef, Olivier Pistre. I’ve included this moment in the video which you could find at the end of this post.
I missed the group picture & ribbon-cutting ceremony, though. I was distracted by something else.
The first station that I saw was the fresh seafood + Japanese station conveniently located at the center.
For Japanese food lovers, they have a selection of sushi and also raw fish like tuna, salmon, fresh octopus etc. For sushi and sashimi lovers, this is an absolute must-try!
I was speechless at the fresh seafood selection – the fresh prawns, scallops, crabs, squids, mussels, oysters – all available for you to feast on.
The sweet, juicy crab meat and prawns dipped in wasabi and mayo… Oh yes, heaven in my mouth. You can find more dipping sauces at the salad/cold cut area to experiment with different flavors.
Oysters! I was happy to see oysters again.
I had my first taste of oysters during the new year’s eve buffet earlier this year. I was told it’d taste even better with hot sauce (aka tabasco sauce). I only had it with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice at that time.
I was excited to see that Lemon Garden Shangri-La KL actually had hot sauce. And yes, they were right. Oysters taste even better with hot sauce! That’s a tip for oyster-newbies like me out there. Just make sure you don’t swallow it hastily because the hot sauce could temporarily choke you, haha. Learn from my mistake.
Japanese sushi section continues.
The staff highly recommended the ‘Prawn Sambal Pau‘. It’s one of their featured specialty available at the Asian/Chinese station along with a variety of dim sum.
The pau (steamed bun) is delicious but be warned, it’s VERY spicy. I wish I had more than one.
The Chinese station is famous for its unique selection of double boiled soups. It also features a noodles corner which serves a wide array of hot-off-the-stove noodles. They recommend the Double Boiled Black Chicken with Ginseng Soup and Chinese Popiah.
Personally, I couldn’t get enough of their Fried Wanton, Fried Sui Gao, and Fried Crab Claw Dumpling.
A selection of ‘sambal’ or Malaysian/Thai-style dipping sauces like sambal belacan, budu, kicap pedas manis, cincalok, and peanut sauce for your satay/salad.
The Asian theater kitchen is equipped with hot tandoori oven and offers authentic dishes like satay, murtabak, chicken tikka, tandoori, naan bread, roti canai and more.
There’s even an Indonesian-style salad (gado-gado with peanut sauce) and kampung-style salad (kerabu daging pucuk paku, kerabu jantung pisang, etc.)
A variety of cold cuts appetizers and vegetables/salads with a selection of dipping sauces/salad dressing.
Bread and Salads station. They even had a few types of International cheese that you could taste. However, there was no label for each of them so I had no idea what kind of cheese I tasted. Some were good but some really did not agree with my palate. Haha. Unfortunately, I have no idea which.
The Western theater kitchen offers a wide selection of cheese, salads, roast beef, glazed lamb ribs, and quiche to really make you drool in hunger.
A huge variety of Malaysian/Indian dishes were also available. This is for the main course, for those who enjoy rice.
I’m guessing this section here is the light appetizers/starters. They had a variety of light ‘snacks’, mostly with bread/toast. You could see a closeup of them in the video.
At this Interactive Pasta Hotspot, you could personalize your pasta by choosing your own pasta style and sauce.
Pizza! Pizzas are made using a unique wood burning oven to give it the authentic taste, Three different types available on that day – Margherita, Mixed Seafood, and House Smoked Salmon pizza.
All three were delicious. Flavorful with thin, crispy crust which I like.
The dessert section is very impressive. I went wide-eyed and my eyeballs almost popped out of their sockets when I saw all the desserts available.
From cakes to tarts to cookies to sweets to icy treats, they had everything.
I was amazed at all the different types of cakes available. Seriously mindblowing. If only I had a stomach big enough to store all of those, I would’ve tasted every single thing.
I LOVE cupcakes. Imagine my surprise and happiness to actually see cupcakes in the dessert section.
Also, one of the staff highly recommended the Chocolate Lava Cake and Jackfruit Cream Puff. The chocolate lava cake was so sinfully delicious. A warm cake that when you cut it, you’ll have the warm, melted chocolate oozing out of it. Absolutely divine.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to taste the Jackfruit Cream Puff because I couldn’t find it at that time.
They even had a selection of traditional Malaysian ‘kuih’, make-your-own ice-kacang, waffles, crepes, and ice-creams for your sweet tooth. Cookies were also available in the jars.
Oh gosh, look at how colorful this is! I’m in love. It’s like, I’ve died and gone to colorful desserts heaven. I seriously love the tangy macaron and of course, my favorite, creme brulee. I was already too full and the fact that I didn’t get to taste everything was killing me.
At first, I thought hey, they serve marshmallow and fruits on a stick. That’s fancy but common food. But while editing the video, then only I realized they were for chocolate fondue! Argh, I regret not having some of this because I love chocolate fondue. There’s nothing better than having chocolate coated marshmallows and fruits. I seriously did not notice there was actually an endless flowing of chocolate fountain beside it.
Before I left, I received this lemon cake in a box from them. I was surprised! I would never expect it to be an actual cake. Since the next day was my birthday, I ended up treating this cake as my birthday cake.
The cake was soft, moist, fluffy, not too sweet and had just the right amount of the tangy, lemon zest. The white square thing with ‘Lemon Garden‘ written on it that you see in the picture above is actually white chocolate and of course, edible. I’m very impressed with Lemon Garden Shangri-La, KL.
Lemon Garden opens daily from 6 am to 11.30 pm serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Special buffets include the International Lunch Buffet from Mondays to Saturdays, International Sunday Brunch, International Dinner Buffet from Sundays to Thursdays, Seafood Dinner Buffet on Fridays and Saturdays and the Sunday Champagne Brunch.
International Lunch Buffet
Monday – Friday (12noon – 2.30pm)
RM 128 nett (adult), RM 64 nett (child)
Saturday (12noon – 3pm)
RM 148 nett (adult), RM 74 nett (child)
International Sunday Brunch
Sunday (12noon – 3pm)
RM 168 nett (adult), RM 84 nett (child)
International Dinner Buffet
Sunday – Thursday (6.30pm – 10.30pm)
RM 158 nett (adult), RM 79 nett (child)
Seafood Dinner Buffet
Friday – Saturday (6.30pm – 10.30pm)
RM 208 nett (adult), RM104 nett (child)
Sunday Champagne Brunch (inclusive of 1 bottle of Veuve Cliquot per person)
Sunday (12noon – 3pm)
RM 488 nett (adult)
For reservations or more information, call (03) 2074 3904 or email email@example.com.
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Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
Kuala Lumpur, 50250, Malaysia
Tel: (603) 2032 2388
Fax: (603) 2070 1514