Opportunity to spend Sunday at leisure while sipping champagne and feasting to a smorgasbord of gourmet offerings doesn't come often for us at least. Thanks to my friend, Kevin Eu, we were invited to Shook!'s latest offering of a champagne brunch that starts from noon to 5.00pm touting to be one of the longest brunch in Kuala Lumpur at least! This champagne brunch is not your ordinary brunch served with champagne cos be prepared to party with your masks on that is with the theme Sunday Masquerades.
As you walked into Shook! located at the Feast Village of Starhill, you'll be greeted by a bevy of beauties and handsome lads in Venetian costumes. Tables are decorated with ornate masks, "gems" in all shapes and glittery. The wait staffs and chefs are equally dressed up as well, some as court jesters, and one can't help but to feel nothing but festivities in the air. There's even a band to entertain diners and it doesn't stop just there.
For the younger ones, there's a clown occupying them with the art of balloon sculpting. A magician goes round playing tricks on your eyes and even shared how some of these tricks are done ;-) BoiBoi was totally enthralled! The atmosphere is totally carnival-like. So put on your masks and get on with the party!!!
Laurent Perrier Champagne is served free flow whilst teetotalers can opt for mocktails specially created for this brunch. The buffet brunch showcases offerings from the Japanese kitchen, Western grill, Italian kitchen and the Chinese kitchen that also dishes out Vietnamese and Thai dishes.
For starters, there is a seafood bar with towering prawns, fresh and baked oysters, smoked salmon and gravlax.
BoiBoi kept going to the antipasti section where a huge selection of cheeses, cold and cured meats, large variety of marinaded tomatoes, roasted vegetables and olives. Freshly baked breads of all shapes and sizes, crackers, fruits and nuts to go with them. We loved the novelty of having a cheese drum to toss our Caesar Salad in.
Over at the Japanese section, we satisfied our palate with sashimi, sushis, and some cold appetisers. At the Chinese side, we managed some cold jelly fish, dim sum, Thai fish cakes and there's even a pretty Thai lady dishing out my som tam upon order.
The day we went, it was Hari Raya Aidiladha, hence there's a small selection of must haves like lemang, ketupat, rendang, serunding, kuah kacang, masak lodeh and kuih-muih.
For mains, you'll get some grill actions and be prepared to juicy chicken, lamb or beef served with their appropriate sauces. There's even a whole lamb on a spit roaster! Apart from buffet, all the four kitchens are all fired up to cook up your choices of mains in the ala carte menu. You can find this menu on your table or as per listed on the blackboard at each kitchen. Ordering from a wait staff would be great here as they would know which table to bring your order to. As we went on the second Sunday, there were some minor glitches on the ordering which we feedback to Kevin and he acknowledged that as one of their main problem with the brunch staff who are not as knowledgeable as those in dinner service. He assured us that action will be taken on this and I do trust he will ;-)
A special mention to the excellent risotto that was done perfectly for Capt'n Hook's baked mussels.
We went easy with the food as the dessert counter is something ought not to be missed! BoiBoi has been eyeing on the gelati cart the moment we stepped in. The gelati are from Gelatomio and you can opt for hand scooped or like our BoiBoi, he preferred the pre-packed version.
There are lots of luxurious chocolate desserts, some laced with gold flakes, others like macarons and profiteroles turned into high tower of decadent delicacies. Pavlovas, pannacotta, fresh honeycombs, cheesecakes and handmade chocolates are available too to satiate everyone's sweet tooth.
There are also desserts made ala minute so just place your order at the counter. Remember to check the counters right at the entrance as there were just too much desserts to be offered inside lol.
This Masquerade Brunch is available every Sunday from noon to 5.00pm. The price per person is RM268++ for free flow of champagne or RM158++ for non-alcholic drinks and RM88++ for children above 6 years of age. I'm very surprised at the turn out as it was almost fully occupied so remember to call to make your reservation at +03 2782 3875.
Pssst... there are a whole lot more photos on my Flickr album.
Feast Village, Starhill Gallery
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Tel: +03 2782 3875