Are you Wood, Metal, Fire, Water & Earth in the Five Elements? Experience an exquisite lunch and dinner courses base on your element at Lafite, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, until 24 November 2018.
Although the Five Elements concept is intrinsically complex and abstract, it is flexible enough to apply to nearly every aspect of life. For Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur’s Executive Chef Olivier Pistre, it is in French cuisine.
From 18 September until 24 November, expect a unique and interactive dining experience at Lafite consisting of lavish starters, mains and desserts curated based on the idea of Five Elements. Five Elements is available Mondays to Fridays during lunch, from 12noon to 2.30pm and dinner from 7pm- 10.30pm (dinner available on Saturdays).
Five Elements consist of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water and are believed to be the fundamental elements of the interactions that occur in the universe. Revolving around the concept of mutual growth and mutual inhibition, the elements keep each other in check, creating a harmonious balance of force.
While Water helps Wood to grow and Wood fuels Fire, Fire melts Metal and Water extinguishes Fire. In the world of cuisine, ingredients can be artfully paired to achieve a harmony of tastes and body energies. The Metal element is often associated with warm comforting food and the property of dryness, giving it the ability to counteract cold and wet weather with their dying and cold-dispersing properties.
Using the Five Elements concept as inspiration, Chef Olivier curated a menu that brings new energy to Lafite. “The cuisine is based on fresh, top quality produce prepared in a traditional fashion but drawing on the latest techniques. I want to create an imaginary type of dish to provide a sensitive, generous and fully emotional dining experience,” says Chef Olivier.
The starters, main course and desserts each have five elemental categories, giving guests plenty of options to choose from.
WOOD: Escargot Cromesquis / Thai Salad & Spicy Shrimp – RM63
METAL: Mussels Sauce Poulette / Pommes Grenailles – RM63
WATER: Confit Tomato with Lemon / Herb Jus Injection / Red Capsicum Coulis / Ricotta Espuma, Basil Pesto, Crispy Foccacia / Cadoret Oyster – RM63
EARTH: Duck Rillette / Chicken Egg Parfait & Sorrel Sauce – RM63
FIRE: Marinated, Grilled Hokkaido Scallops & Tiger Prawn / Smoked Celeriac & Granny Smith Remoulade – RM63
WOOD: Black Truffle Stuffed with Corn Fed Chicken – RM158
Atlantic Sea Bream – RM158
METAL: Red Snapper – RM158
Slow Cooked Spicy Lamb Shoulder – RM158
WATER: Grilled Octopus – RM158
Australian Beef Short Rib – RM158
EARTH: Roasted Quail / Arborio Rice & Black Truffle – RM158
Seared Arctic Char – RM158
FIRE: Rosemary Smoked “Hokkaido” Scallop –RM158
French Duck Breast & Foie Gras – RM158
WOOD: Artisanal Cheese from France – RM42
METAL: Cherrie’s Surprise – RM42
WATER: Candied Lemon – RM42
EARTH: Valrhona << MANJARI >> 64% Grand Cru Chcolate – RM42
FIRE: Omelette Norwegienne Edition 2018 Flambé with Rum – RM42
To bring the 5 Elements dining experience to the next level, a list of wine recommendations and cocktails have been selected for each element:
Wine Pairing Recommendation – RM70
- Sauvignon Blanc, Katnook Estate, 2009
- Les Murailles, Henri Badoux, 2012
- Tankersley, Pinot Noir, 2013
- Reserva Chardonnay, Stonier, 2008
- Fransola Torres, 2005
- Penfolds, Koonunga Hill, Shiraz Cabernet ,2016
- Sauvignon Blanc, Katnook Estate, 2009
- Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Pierro, 2010
- Tankersley, Pinot Noir, 2016
- Secret Grand Bateau Bordeaux, 2010
- Summer Chardonnay,Grant Burge, 2011
- Terrazas Reserva, Malbec, 2016
- Summer Chardonnay, Grant Burge, 2011
- Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Grosset, 2006
- Santa Carolina, Carmenere, 2015
Cocktails – RM65
WOOD: Negroniwoods (Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Campari, Grand Marnier Soaked Wood Chips)
METAL: Metal Fizz (Absolu Elyx Vodka, Dry White Wine, Elderflower Cordial, Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice, Club Soda)
WATER: Aguador (Tequila, Blue Curacao, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup, Dash of Club Soda, Herbs Ice Ball)
EARTH: Planet Sazerac (Rye Whisky, Absinthe, Peychand’s Bitters, Sugar, Sazerac (Bottle spray))
FIRE: Inferno (Jamaican Rum, Grapefruit, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup, Sambuca)
The Five Elements at Lafite promises to bring guests on an unforgettable epicurean journey. If you are on a mission to experience a unique and interactive dining experience, Five Elements is for you. For reservations and further information, call 03-2074 3900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.shangri-la-specials.com.