Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bite-Size Review: Lobster Bar and Grill at Island Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong

I'm very loosely paraphrasing Anthony Bourdain when he wrote in Kitchen Confidential that one should always order a restaurant's specialty instead of calling up some obcure item that even the chef can't remember is on the menu.  Well, that just sounds like common sense to me - although I have been known on one occasion to order something stupid like french fries at a Toronto Chinese restaurant (well, half the blame should go to the owner for having that ridiculous item in the menu in the first place.)  

But I digress. 

My point with this preface is that when I recently lunched at the unpretentiously ornate and elegantly comfortable Lobster Bar and Grill, I heeded my inner Bourdain instinct and zeroed in on the restaurant's signature lobster bisque that has just the right touch of V.S.O.P. brandy in it, followed that up with my personal favourite starter of the super refreshing lobster tartare on cucumber with lemon yoghurt dressing, and finished it off with savoury grilled lobster with herb butter sauce.  I would've gone so far as to sample a lobster-inspired dessert but the chef wisely thought that would be overkill (and probably a no-no in the crustacean culinary world) so I happily settled for the softest, creamiest, liquer-soaked tiramisu instead, topped off with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Happy hour certainly started early that day.

The blinged-out lunch buffet spread - laid on top of a grand piano, no less. 
Liberace would've been inspired.
Lobster Bar and Grill at Island Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong.  Telephone +852 2877 3838.
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