I took a day long staycation in the middle of the week and ended up making the most of two tasting sessions at Shang Palace and Sorrento, Shangri-La Eros Delhi.
About Shangri-La Eros Delhi
Formerly known and remembered as Kanishka Hotel, this is one of the many five-star properties located on Ashoka Road. Apart from my childhood memories, I’ve only been to the hotel to attend events and weddings. Over the years, Kanishka Hotel was changed to Shangri-La, a pioneer name in South Asia with their first hotel in Singapore back in 1971. According to their Director of Communications, Anjori Kumar, they have over 100 properties in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and North America. Steering away from conservative cultures, Shangri-La has adapted to today’s times and values customers’ comfort and liking. While their customers are both business and leisure travelers, the vibe is comfort chic. For now, Shangri-La is in two cities in India: New Delhi and Bangalore.
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Eros Hotel
A fine-dining restaurant that offers Asian delicacies, the restaurant was quite occupied on a Wednesday afternoon by dim sums lovers from the city. Just like them, the focus of my tasting menu was their dim sums menu. After ordering a glass of Riesling, what followed was a tray effect of assorted dim sums: steamed, fried, baked and even served with Bao. I think I had over 10-13 dim sums. The ones that really stood out were Crusty Baked Barbecue Iberico Pork Bun: it had an amazing glaze on the Bao and came with great flavor, Pan-fried Cheung fun with Edamame and Pickled Cabbage and Wild Mushrooms & Leek with Lime and Pepper. Staples like Chicken Sui Mai and Prawn Dumplings were good too.
Stuffed with these, I decided to only order one main course which was Sliced Lamb with Garlic and Pickled Chilli along with Fried Rice (maybe it was Yangzhou) which was amazing. The lamb was double cooked and very tender and the rice had a lot of veggies to make up for the salad I’d forgotten to order.
I finished our session with mango and almond ice-cream. The texture of almond ice-cream was Masterchef worthy and the Mango ice cream had bits of aam pappad as well as fresh mangoes which made it perfect for summer.
Service and Staff: Manish, our assigned sommelier well-versed with the menu, excellent with timing and service.
Cost: Rs 5,000 upwards
Sorrento, Shangri-La Eros Hotel
After a great time at Grappa, the hotel’s very own lounge bar, I then proceeded to try out some of the food at Sorrento, their authentic Italian restaurant at Shangri-La New Delhi.
Big on space and great on details, the restaurant has remained very quiet despite their obvious expertise in authentic Italian food.
While I was counting the calories I’d consumed, I was happy to know that my first course was a salad: Handmade buffalo mozzarella and with cherry tomatoes, arugula leaves, Napolean basil, and extra virgin olive oil. Next up was the creamiest risotto I’ve ever had in my life with mushrooms, fennel, and ricotta. Since the courses were taking quite some time, I lost my appetite in between and couldn’t really eat a lot of artisanal pasta (conchiglie I think) with porcini mushrooms, tomatoes, and thyme. For the last course, I was presented with black cod on a bed of nuts and forest mushrooms. The fish had a beautiful sear on it and the flavors were very clean but I was bored of mushrooms, just because I’d had them so many times in the day.
For dessert, I ordered their signature dish along, Mount Vesuvius along with a scoop of lemon and basil sorbet and salted caramel gelato. Surprisingly, both the sorbet and gelato were great on flavor and managed to overtake the dessert due to their freshness and simplicity.
Service & Staff: Besides a slight lag in courses, the experience was very pleasant.
Cost: Rs 5,000 upwards
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