Thursday, March 09, 2017


Bright and cheerful vibes of the newly refreshed Lemon Garden restaurant generated much buzz recently, making it the talk of the town. Yours truly was among the early birds to get first dibs at this dining hot spot.
Shangri-La's Area General Manager Manfred Weber (above pix, right), EAM F&B Chris Hough (above pix, centre) and Executive Chef Olivier Pistre performed the opening ceremony, flanked by an effusive Lemon Garden team.  
Conceived by Bond Design Studio Inc from Japan, the sleek, polished interior flaunts a primary palette of cream-gray-lemon yellow hues. Industrial-style pendant light orbs lend extra shine to framed glass-clad walls and golden brown panels, and the tri-coloured, geometric pattern tiled floor.

The refreshed buffet layout retains the interactive aspects of various kitchen 'theatres', dishing up a plethora of Chinese, Italian, Indian, Thai, Malay, Japanese and Continental specialities.
Seafood fans take note! Friday and Saturday nights feature King Neptune's bountiful undersea harvests that you'd fall hook, line and sinker for. Laid out on crushed ice, expect a surfeit of seafood such as king crab legs, meat and spanner crabs, lobsters, crayfish, prawns, scallops, mussels and freshly shucked oysters to tempt you. 
We sampled a selection of those that night, savouring their inherent sea-sweetness au naturel or with the occasional dash of lemon juice. Sashimi were also in the line-up with succulent slices of octopus, salmon, tuna and butterfish served alongside assorted hand-rolled temaki and nigiri sushi.

Partial to cheese, salads, roasts, Italian or Continental fare? We highly recommend the vast array of Euro-centric delicacies too; from crisp, flaky vol au vents to pizzas laden with delicious toppings fresh from the wood-fired oven. In addition, chefs on duty are ready to rustle up your choice of pasta with preferred sauces and condiments on the spot.

On the night of our visit, there were crisp bruschetta heaped with wilted spinach, feta cubes and chopped portobello, crusty wedges of seafood-topped pizza, marinated olives and capsicums, European breads, cheese, cold cuts, terrines and delectable main courses. Europhiles will find ample succour like we did as servings were kept small and fresh replenishments constant throughout the evening.
My other faves include roast beef and tender ribs from the carvery, inari sushi, deep-fried crab claw dumplings and a profusion of mixed salads.

I wish I had tummy space to fit in the veritable feast offered at the Asian theatre kitchen. Here, fresh off the tandoor comes pouffy naans, kebabs or chicken tandoori in addition to satay, murtabak, chicken tikka, curry noodles whipped up on request and hearty curries.

Although I'm not big on soup, the varied selection of double-boiled broths (up to seven types!) from the Chinese section left many of my foodie friends raving. Towering baskets of dim sum beckoned as did homespun and 'tai chow' style dishes: kam hiong crabs, roast duck and steamed chicken, fried noodles, and braised sea cucumber with fish maw.

Those with candy crush cravings shall be forgiven for going gaga at the dedicated dessert pavilion. Rocking up to the decadent displays, I felt like Alice in Wonderland going for the Mad Hatter's party.
The dizzying array of colours and luscious choices were jaw-dropping. From dainty jars of mousse and puddings, square tartlets and macarons, cakes and eclairs to old-school ais kacang, ice cream and chocolate fountain, it's an indulgent haven for the sweet-toothed.
With a seating capacity of 368 persons, Lemon Garden is open daily from 6am to 11.30pm.

Prices for the different buffets are as below:

International Lunch Buffet 
Monday – Friday 12noon – 2.30pm; RM128 nett (adult), RM64 nett (child)
Saturday 12noon – 3pm; RM148 nett (adult), RM74 nett (child)

International Sunday Brunch
Sunday 12noon – 3pm; RM168 nett (adult), RM84 nett (child)

International Dinner Buffet
Sunday – Thursday 6.30pm – 10.30pm; RM158 nett (adult), RM79 nett (child)

Seafood Dinner Buffet
Friday – Saturday 6.30pm – 10.30pm; RM208 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 at Lemon Garden or more information, call (03) 2074 3900 or email:

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