Friday, 14 December 2012

Shook! Bubbly Masquerade Brunch, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump

Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Cheeses
Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Crab Croquette
Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Creamy Chicken Soup
Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Oysters
Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Beef Medallion
Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Dancing Prawns
Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Grilled Chicken
Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Desserts
Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Desserts
Shook! Masquerade Bubbly Brunch, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The enchantment of Medieval magic and intrigue are conjured to life during Sunday Masquerades at Shook! Known as the most opulent brunch in town, expect every detail to be grandiose. Waitresses dressed in Medieval gowns, tables festooned with masks and strings of silver glitz and, displays mimicking stage sets, supply the backdrop for an afternoon of merriment. 

Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Cocktails
Illusionists and jesters wonder the crowds inspiring awe of their quick of hand and reverence of their playful spirits. A peek into the open kitchens unveils chefs uniformed as royal court jesters entertaining guests with their bubbling broths and firing of woks. By the time your senses have absorbed the pomp and pageantry of the occasion, the smooth sounds of the live band are just jewels on the crown.

Laurent Perrier Champagne lavishly fills masquerade embellished glasses. A traveling mixologist shakes and stirs mocktails and cocktails on his mobile rollcart of liquor, turning classic drinks into a theatrical experience. The Black Margarita, quoted by hubby as, “the best Margarita I’ve ever had,” was a tad sweet for me but eagerly lapped up by my other half’s sugar biased tongue. Tea and coffee is included in the drinks package and water glasses are topped without delay. Be sure to make it clear to servers if you just want iced water or do indeed want Evian to avoid a surprise charge at the end (sparkling and mineral water are not included in the drinks package).

Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lumpur
Japanese bites
An international buffet spread featuring Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Grill sections are supported by an a la carte menu. Preferring table service to buffets, we ordered primarily from this list. The Dancing Prawns stir fried with hot mayonnaise and sprinkled with honey-glazed walnuts are not to be missed. Encouraged by the quality we continued our requests and found disappointment in NOT one of items. From the Grill, the Beef Medallion was tender and flavourful. Crisp Lobster Croquettes and Creamy (literally, I’m sure the broth was pure cream) Chicken Soup came hot and steaming from the Italian list and, Ebi Tempura and Tori Karaage (deep fried chicken Japanese style) from the Japanese kitchen were clearly made on the spot and couldn’t have been more crisp or fresh.

Around the buffet you might be happy to stroll, however table service seems just as accessible with an abundance of attendants paying heed to every need. From both the smorgasbord spread and the menu, of note since my last visit, is the introduction of a few items showing the influence of patrons requesting sustainable foods and an increased awareness of where food comes from. Free-range chicken and a sprinkling of organic options are encouraging ingredients to see.

Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Tempura Prawns
The dessert section aligns splendidly with the over-the-top scene. A sugarlicious succession of treats (with a Christmassy theme this December) will leave even the most modest sweet tooth salivating uncontrollably. A munificent lay out of berries caressing every dish and colourful fruit crowding the tops of rich, creamy, chocolaty masterpieces dazzle the eyes and taste buds alike. My gallant attempt of trying all of the desserts was crushed early on when I bravely filled a large plate with fragments of each treat only to find that my main-meal-sized dish was already overflowing and I had yet to cover a quarter of the buffet. (To do a true job of reporting back to you I must visit again until I’ve tried them all, don’t you think?) One of the richest Christmas Cakes (left me wondering if there was indeed any flour in it at all) ever tasted and the stickiest Pecan Pie ever forged are highlights aside a tower of macarons and never ending bite size nibbles, each perfectly constructed and adorned individually.

Merry and satiated, we left the fanfare with pledges of sharing this joy again in the New Year with family and friends.

Shook! Masquerade Brunch, bubbly, champagne, best Sunday brunches in Kuala Lump
Shook! Masquerade Brunch
Sunday Masquerades at Shook! run from 12 noon until 3:30pm. The buffet alone is priced at RM168++ per person while an added RM100 will quench your thirst with free-flow champagne.

Reason to visit: the most theatrical Sunday brunch in the city

Shook!
Feast Level
Starhill Gallery
Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+ 6 03 2782 3875

18 comments:

  1. Looks great! Is this an 'every Sunday until further notice' thing or just seasonal?

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    1. Yep, every Sunday until further notice. :-)

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  2. Wow! What a super theme for a brunch! Impressed that they can cater for a la carte orders and maintain the buffet - they must have a lot of staff on. Looks so fun too!

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    1. Oh yes, sometimes there seems like more staff than people- especially when you see all of the guys working in the kitchen. Service is excellent.

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  3. 210 minutes of masquerade merriment! let's see: if i can down an average of one glass of champagne every half-hour, that means i'll get to gulp seven glasses by the end of this brunch. oh, happy sunday indeed! :D

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    1. Oh I do love your calculations! :-)

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  4. hi yum girl! i love this post. can't go wrong with shook! by the way, after reading your review on Marini's on 57, I decided to pay a visit last week, indeed, the food was fabulous. I ordered the 57 sour :) love it. I even had two rounds of 57 sour! (after several beers and gin and tonic beforehand at Chinoz) ;)

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    1. Hi, glad to see you're back! Sounds like you had an awesome evening. :-)

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  5. can't get any better than this gorgeous spread... love the theme too!!

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    1. Yes, it surely is a fun way to spend a Sunday. :-)

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  6. Wonder why the prawns is is named dancing prawns?

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    1. I wondered the same thing - my guess is they taste so good that it feels like they're dancing on your tongue ;-)

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  7. I'd be right at home with all those cheeses. The prawns look great...actually everything looks great! You've inspired me to add a "Kuantan Food" page to my blog!
    Duncan In Kuantan

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    1. Oh yes please to Kuantan Food page! I'm a cheese fan too - their selection is great.

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  8. It looks like a fantastic brunch. Words fail.

    Greetings from the Caribbean,
    Filip

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    1. It's certainly an extravagant way to spend a Sunday. :-)

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  9. I love the food and the suggestion of delicious decadence! Haha

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