I can still remember vividly, my initial moments at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa. Having spent the entire morning only with a couple of pastries and tea, I was dying to have a proper meal. I passed the stairway, with a stand of sorts, and staring at me was a huge RM6.88++ (SGD2.80++), followed by photos of dim sum dishes. All my attention shifted to the notice, and as I read on and realized that each dim sum dish was only priced at that, I commanded the rest to have our lunch there the soonest.
Tea was served at RM6++ per pot. I was glad to have received prompt and speedy service at the unmistakable Chinese restaurant; covered in a majority of red, gold and brown. The only turn-off was when a dozen odd diners came in and inconsiderately talked at the top of their voices.
The above are what’s most worthy to fill your stomach with. The Steamed Rice Roll comes with prawns or sea asparagus clams. It reminds me of our local Red Star Restaurant’s interpretation; the fragrant soy sauce that drenched the rolls lifted the taste successfully. Further, each cut of the portion came generously with the said ingredients. A very worthy dish to order. I admit, Scallop & Asparagus Dumpling is listed here solely because of the sizable scallop sitting atop. Likewise, the Taro Scallop Fritters. As evident from the photo above, the scallop remains as a whole when cut open. The batter was light and the fillings could be tasted with much ease. The Congee had more than generous ingredients added, from scallops to fish and chicken to mushrooms. Though it might not be as flavorsome, you could still sufficiently taste its seasonings.
I was majorly disappointed with its Steamed Custard Bun. I had confidently placed two orders for this only to find that it was the non-flowy version of Custard Bun. Maybe I was partially to be blamed too, for generalizing Custard Buns to be of lava insides. The Baked Egg Tarts and Fried Turnip Cake were ordinary. The Century Salted Egg Fritters was actually more unique. However, it just did not sit well with me, likely because of its thorny fried exterior and relatively dry dish as a whole.
Duck Noodle (RM20++ / SGD8.10++) :: I’d also suggest you stick closer to the dim sums. The Duck Noodles, though obviously moist, was lackluster. While the meat was delectable, and of reasonable bite-size, the main bulk of the course, the noodles, was just lacking in that oomph; like one you can get anywhere else.
HA, gotcha. You must be thinking how we achieved the magical floating napkin, without any Photoshop edits. I confess, we merely tried, multiple attempts, throwing up the napkin and capturing it in mid-air. It turned out pretty amusing!
Well back to the gist, while it was clearly a 50/50 good/bad experience, I thought it was still worth a visit while you are staying at the resort for the lunch time special promotion of RM6.88 per dish. It has a rather wide selection of dim sum dishes too, not just a kids’ play on the promotion.
Address: Shang Palace, 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30om – 10.30pm (Daily); Opens from 10.30am on Sundays and PHs.