Midtown Shangri-La certainly seems to be the hottest place in town at the moment. We are already regular patrons of Midtown Brewery’s Thursday night parties, and their lunch set meals at 88RMB for 2 courses or 108RMB for 3 courses are some of the best deals going.
Now we turn our attention to their buffet served at Central Market which presents all day dining starting with breakfast buffet for hotel guests, lunch buffet (196RMB) and dinner buffet (266RMB). Their Sunday brunch is 254RMB and that includes sparkling wine, punch, kids activities, raffle prizes and a polaroid photographer to capture your happy memories.
Food is displayed attractively on tables with cold seafood and desserts in one section and hot Chinese and western dishes in another area. The selection is not the largest, but you will find more than enough to keep you busy for hours.
From the seafood section, the Salmon Sashimi was luscious and fatty and the Large Prawns plump, sweet and cooked à point. Don’t pass the cooked Chinese section too quickly, there are some nice things here such as the Fried Pork Liver with Leeks. We know liver may not be something that makes everyone jump up and say hurray, but the way it’s cooked here is beautifully silky with a subtle earthy taste.
The roast meats are a true highlight. One night there was a succulent Roast Lamb with au jus and on another occasion a well-seasoned medium rare Roast Beef. Both roasts were well marbled with fat and a savory delight you can really sink your teeth into.
Desserts at a buffet are often an afterthought for us, but at Midtown Shangri-La you should definitely leave room to try the tempting creations from executive pastry chef Roberto Hernandez. The Passionfruit Cake is a light and refreshing layered concoction of passionfruit mousse, coconut macaroon and sweet fluffy meringue. It’s an excellent choice if you don’t like your desserts too sweet. When you take a bite, the passionfruit mousse and meringue dissolves first, leaving behind the toothsome coconut that is a pleasure to chew. The Caraibe Banana Hazelnut Cake was boozy and drenched in liquor, the Lemon Tart had a crisp crumbly crust and the Berries Clotted Cream had sweet macerated berries bursting with vibrant fruitiness.
Smoking is not permitted inside, but you can do so outside and enjoy Midtown Shangri-La’s stylish garden patio with soft jazz music in the background.