Buffet at Lemon Grass Cafe, Shangri La KL

I’m finally finished sorting and editing all the pictures I took in Lemon Grass café of Shangri La hotel. This is probably the most expensive buffet that I had consumed, after Tenji and Munakata, but the good news was, we got 50% off with my credit card. Lemon grass is no stranger to anyone who had once searched for the term “best buffet in kl” and you might have received forwarded emails in your inbox with pictures of the food that sent you drooling before. These were the reasons we were there 2 weeks back.
It was rainy on that Monday evening, when we turned into Jalan Sultan Ismail and the traffic was frustratingly at a standstill. Parking in Shangri La was RM8 per entrance after 7pm evening for weekdays, a standard rates in this golden triangle area.

As its name suggested, Lemon Grass café was decorated mostly in green and yellow. For a supposedly high end buffet in a 5 star hotel, I was astounded that the table arrangement was close and packed like Shogun. They were 2 ladies sitting just 50 cm from me, dishing out gossips during their meal, while scrutinizing me when I took pictures of the food.

Sake (Salmon sushi)

The food, like usual were divided into a few section – raw seafood, western, Chinese, local, Italian and desserts. You might be wondering, where’s the Japanese section? It was actually combined with the small 1.5m X 2.0m raw seafood counter, serving just salmon sashimi, some ‘basic’ sushi, oysters and some clamps.
I like to follow the ‘art of buffet’ where meal is always started with the raws and soups. We noticed there are 2 types of mussels – fresh or smoked. The smoked mussels taste very good that we had quite an amount of it. The others, including the sushi, oysters and sashimi, were just mediocre. In fact, this is the only place I’ve been where oysters were not snapped up like hot cakes.

Scallops and smoked mussels with thousand island.

Small sized oysters.

Turning to the left side was the Chinese food section which was more on dim sums with roast duck and steamed garoupa fish. The steamed fish was okay (if you took enough of the sauce/gravy to complement it) but CS complained that all the dim sum were awful that he’ll prefer the normal fares from traditional dim sum shops. But honestly, who will come to a buffet to eat that much of dim sum like CS anyway? (Rolleyes). I took a small scoop of the pretty looking fried rice, but ended up with one of the blandest fried rice I have ever tasted.

Steamed Garoupa

The local counter consists of nasi lemak, satays, roti naan, tandoori chicken, a few types of meat curry and order-on-spot soup noodles. I’m not a fan of Indian food so the Indian curries, naan and Tandoori did not appeal to me. On the other hand, the nasi lemak looks alluring with the fluffy grains by grains rice. If the anchovies had been bigger instead of the anak ikan bilis (very tiny type of anchovies), I would have dig in. The satays were average albeit served with nice and rich peanut gravy.

There was a cold cuts section, hidden at the corner of western food, was my favourite section for that night. It serves nice raw beef slices, crunchy carrots and celery wrapped with smoked salmon, slightly grilled beef with redness at the middle of it and a few more others. If you look at the pictures below, these cold cuts are the ones circling the satays, unremarkable but tasty.

The western food was loaded with meats – lambs, beef, chickens and salads. We got a few try and miss but overall this section was okay although some meat were rather chewy and definitely not as good as steakhouse’s.

Although serving hot piping pizzas, CS commented that they taste as bad as pizzas in supermarkets while I like its Cabonara pasta.

Time for the sweet sensation. The main attractions at the desserts counter were these chocolate and strawberry fountain for us to dip the cookies, fruits and marshmallows, but honestly, I have always think these as something for the amateurs. I dipped these just for the sake of taking the pictures. Plain marshmallow could have been better than those with artificial fruit- flavored marshmallows.

I called these cocktail desserts. Their texture and taste stood between cream mouse and jellies.

I love their mango sorbet ice cream, which was welcoming after a hefty meal, thanks to its tangy sour taste. To conclude all, it’s an acceptable buffet considering I’m paying just 50% of its normal price (~RM60 per person) but if I was paying in full, I would have regretted not going somewhere else for dinner.

However, you might want to take note that we had this buffet on a Monday and I have no idea whether it’s the same range for its weekend buffet. Perhaps, anyone who had tried their weekend buffet can let me know how it scored.

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  1. Hi babe, can i know what credit card entitled for this 50% discount at LemonGrass? I'm planning to go on this weekend.