What’s your element? The five elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water are believed to be the fundamental elements of the interactions that occur in the universe. The elements keep each other in check, creating a harmonious balance of force. This is similiar to the world world of cuisine where ingredients can be artfully paired to achieve a harmony of tastes and body energies.
The talented Executive Chef Olivier Pistre from Shangri-la Hotel KL who specialises in French cuisine is inspired by the Five Elements. He came out with a unique and interactive dining experience at Lafite consisting of lavish starters, mains and desserts curated based on the idea of Five Elements. This special menu is available from 18 September until 24 November, from Mondays to Fridays during lunch, from 12noon to 2.30pm and dinner from 7pm-10.30pm (dinner available on Saturdays).
As we walked into Lafite, we had to key in our birth dates on the digital screen to discover our elements. I’m wood element while earth represents KampungBoy. We were being presented with the wood and earth menus; and each menu costs only RM 260 nett for a 3-course meal.
Even the cocktail menu is specially curated based on the five elements (RM 65 each). KampungBoy really enjoyed his pre-dinner drinks called Planet Sazerac that consists of Rye Whisky, Absinthe, Peychand’s Bitters, Sugar and Sazerac.
Do expect a lot of food theatrics from this pop-up experience. Even the starter came with smoke (smoked celeriac) and fire (tiger prawns grilled on a slab of pink salt block). It was definitely a sensory feast.
My starter of Escargot Cromesquis / Thai Salad & Spicy Shrimp from the wood menu was equally impressive. The battered escargot cromesquis was still a little runny inside, so when I bit into the croquette, the liquid squirts into my mouth. What an explosion of flavour! Same goes to the little spicy shrimp sphere.
For mains, KampungBoy opted for French Duck Breast & Foie Gras from the fire menu. The duck breasts were super crispy on the outside, with perfectly rendered fat and still tender and moist meat inside.
My Grilled Octopus from the water menu was being plated like an art painting. Love how the chef splattered the squid ink on a white plate, and of course the grilled squid was perfectly tender.
Our friend really enjoyed her Black Truffle Stuffed with Corn Fed Chicken from the wood menu too.
For desserts, I was absolutely in love with the Valrhona MANJARI 64% Grand Cru Chcolate from the earth menu. It is a chocolate heaven in the form of rich tasting chocolate meringue and chocolate espuma that’s not too sweet, and with a pleasant hint of bitterness.
KampungBoy loved his choice of dessert too. It is an Omelette Norwegienne Edition 2018 Flambé with Rum from the fire menu.
It reminded me of Bomb Alaska; but a lot more sophisticated in terms of presentation, flavours and textures.
We ordered an extra dessert to try – Candied Lemon from the water menu. It is an interesting dessert that consists of lemon peel being slow cooked for hours and encased with lemon sorbet inside. It paired really nicely with the limoncello espuma and sweet caramel crumble.
Add: Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Lobby Level, 11, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2074 3900