The Masquerades Sunday Brunch at Shook! which started last year in November was fabulous. The set-up, the costumes, the fanfare of spectacular colours and projected personalities; it was such an amazing idea and offers an experience so entirely unique from anywhere else in Malaysia.
Bubbly and food flowed freely from 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm, the longest Sunday Bubbly Brunch yet in KL. For RM168++ (food only) and RM268++ with free-flow champagne, I thought it was value for money. Heck, make that VERY value for money.
To keep things fresh, Shook! has done it again but with a different theme; not any lesser in grandeur and even matching the impressive set-up of the Masquerade Sunday Brunch.
This time, Shook! takes us back to the opulence era of Shanghai, the captivating and historical city of China.
For those who have been asking me about it after I shared some pictures on Facebook and Twitter, here you go. Prices, time and venue and PICTURES of the food. This is not an exhaustive list and yoou can expect more at the buffet spread every Sunday!
TIME: 12.00 noon to 3.30 pm
PRICE: RM268++ with free-flow champagne, RM168++ food only
VENUE: Shook! Starhil Gallery. Bukit Bintang KL.
Reservations and Enquiries : +603 2719 8330
Below: Chocolates printed with the Shanghai Brunch logo. Such an elegant touch! 😀
As expected, I’m starting with the DESSERTS. 🙂
Oh, the desserts here are GOOD. Some like the steamed pink cakes missed the mark for me, but I dare say most of the items displayed at the DESSERT spread is impressive.
Everything came in generous quantity; like the fresh, juicy SWEET strawberries in a whole tureen!
Next, go and gobble as many chocolates as you can. They have a quality selection here and I picked the best of the lot; diving straight for the dark chocolates and the pralines. :DD
In keeping with the Shanghai theme, a plethora of Chinese desserts are available. Here’s the mochi- like “tang yuan”, the chewy glutinous rice flour that is cooked in boiling water and commonly served filled with red bean, lotus or peanut paste.
The ever familiar Chinese “tong shui”; traditional sweet soup with gingko, red dates, white fungus and longans was a tad too sweet but its presence was much appreciated anyhow.
This is the steamed pink cakes that I mentioned earlier. It’s actually very simple to make but the ones here was coated with a film of sugar syrup or something. Whatever it was, rather unfortunately it ruined the overall taste.
Oh I remember this from my indulgent Ritz Carlton Thanksgiving Dinner! The Walnut Cheesecake. As rich and luscious as ever.
This is Chap Suey Cake. I have absolutely no clue what it is so I just had to sample one. It’s glazed with syrup as well and tasted alike a carrot cake.
Chinese Tea Creme Brulee. Such an oriental touch!
A perennial favourite – The Chocolate Fondue.
Dips for the Chocolate Fondue includes fresh fruits and marshmallows.
A fan of Pavlova? Here’s a buffet with a mountain of them!
Another oriental flavour; Mandarin Orange Puddings.
And macarons..never forgotten, but not as popular anymore I’ll say.
Crispy Chinese Pancakes.
Individual shooters of Red Bean Paste and Mango with Sago Cream. And look at those mini fruits tarts! The fruits on top áren’t mini for sure! 😀
These were very rich and refreshing as it’s a combo of Lychees (inside) in a Chocolate Boat.
Now that we are done with my favourite section, I’m going to highlight the delicious Shanghai cuisine area!
These were individual pots of braised duck to be eaten with the fried buns (mantous). We find it too sweet but that could be due to the original Shanghainese recipe.
Cantonese Roast Chicken and Steamed Chicken. Both were too salty for me.
Overall, as expected there are hits and misses for the buffet spread. While the 2 previous chicken dish was a tad salty, this one was good; some sweet and sour chicken roulade. A well executed cold dish.
More cold and pickled dishes below.
This Braised Duck with 8 Treasures was delicious. Flavours were intense enough and the texture of both the meat and vegetables were perfect.
This was something new to me; Chicken Roll with Glutinous Rice. Definitely worth popping one into the mouth.
Fish with Pine Nuts Chrysanthemum Flower Style. Nice food artwork yes? 🙂
And here onwards are the all too familiar buffet offerings such as the Japanese teppanyaki, sushi & sashimi, cold cuts, cheeses, salads, artisan breads and an incredible gamut of FRESH SEAFOOD!
Tuna and UNAGI (Eel) – both my favourites!
Seafood lovers would have a jovial time. Crustaceans of all shapes and kinds were in abundance!
Yakitoris are grilled by order.
Smoking hot off the pit, I requested for the tender, pink cuts of course. 🙂
We sampled all the sauces – BBQ, mushroom, black pepper and another which I can’t recall now. All tasted very homely and freshly made from scratch.
From the CHINESE Menu, we ordered the Goose Noodles and the Shanghai Wontons Noodles.
The Goose meat was GOOD! I love the crispy skin and slightly gamey meat. I slurped on the herbal stock happily too.
The Shanghai Flavoured Wontan Noodles was too dry. Nevertheless, I liked the fact that the noodles were made ala minute at the Noodle Station.
There’s more of course!
Here’s the rest of the menus. Frankly speaking, just for food alone, it’s RM168++/pax, which is VERY worthwhile as you can stuff yourself silly from the WHOLE spread plus order off the ala carte menu for your main. Furthermore, the ala-carte menu features gourmet quality ingredients; such as monkfish, lamb rump, barramundi and beef cheeks.
I love the cheese section as well. Admittedly there’s a cheese section for EVERY buffet in town, but seriously; the selection doesn’t come close to this.
Last but not least, you guys know about my Becky 30 Days, 30 Giveaways drive right?
This buffet is one of the giveaways! So remember to follow:
And I’ll be giving away 2 COMPLIMENTARY passes to this extravagant Shanghai Brunch SOON! :DD
You can now win yourself 2 complimentary passes on my Facebook page at http://www.face
Giveaway ends at 10pm, 9th April, so tell your friends about it, too!