Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Coast Restaurant, Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa, Sabah, Malaysia

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Coast, Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Coast, Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa, Pantai Dalit Beach, Sabah

Words by Kirsten Durward
Photos by The Yum List


I’m enticed by the sensation of old style Hollywood glamour at Coast. The subtle underwater is elegantly represented with huge blue-glass chandeliers representing giant jellyfish dangling over the vast central bar. There is an undeniable feel of glamorous 1930s art deco in the design, with a silver backdrop to the mainly glass structure through which we view the sparkling night sky. Soft hanging glass lanterns provide a genial ambience to top the snowy linens and shining silverware. Our menu is presented in the style of an elegant black leather landscape photo album. A live pianist gently tinkling completes the soft assault on our senses as we relax into the atmosphere. Monica longs for a bob and I imagine evening gloves with long cigarette holders.  

Our host for the evening, Jeremy, adds to the charm with his wary responses to our gentle teasing and demands for food sharing. He encourages us to try the Chef’s special Table D’hôtel menu for the evening, which proves excellent value (RM130 for three courses) and additionally selects three signature dishes from the a la carte options. 

We love the presentation of the homemade bread selection, delicately light sesame crackers, crisp and delicious, vie with light fluffy focaccia and soft baguette, ready to dip in the balsamic mix. The accompanying amuse bouche is a ladle full of cauliflower puree crème in the centre of a large saucer with a narrow trail of fresh herbs.

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Bread and Wine
Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Amuse Bouche - Cauliflower Soup

We find that Coast has a decent wine list including a variety served by the glass. Jeremy assures us that fine wines are easily procured for the more discerning diner. Meantime, we regular diners plump for a sweet round and clean Californian White Zinfandel (RM39) and a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with notes of lime and pepper, which proves a good choice with fish (RM40). 

In presentation, Chicken Terrine (from the set menu) echoes the underwater theme; a black sea anemone sits among coral tendrils. We delight in the fine moist texture, the chicken flavour full but subtle. It’s a memorable dish.

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Chicken Terrine

The second appetizer, Couscous Salad (from the set menu), is light, fluffy and colourful, with melon, yoghurt, cucumber ribbon, basil leaves and cherry tomato.

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Cous Cous Salad

The Crab Roll (RM58) sits elegantly on the plate. We love this signature dish of salty crab and creamy avocado, with its cold tang of mango and subtle chili fire snow.

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Crab Roll

We appreciate the hot plates that our mains arrive on. A detail many restaurants could do to pick up on.

Fettuccine Pasta bursts with the Mediterranean flavours of black olives, semi dried tomato, garden basil and Parmesan shavings. Capers give a zing to the dish, which is slippery and tasty and soon devoured by Jeremy (after we've had our fare spoonful). 

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Fettuccine

Pan fried sea bass is elegantly presented with the lemon beurre blanc served separately, by far my preference with fish. Cutting through the crispy skin reveals moist flakes with a good dense flavour.  One of the best-cooked pieces of fish I’ve eaten in Malaysia, and the lemon sauce delicate and light.  Delicious.  

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Sea Bass

Seared Lamb Rack RM136) is thick cut, divinely cooked to my choice of pinkness. Potato foam is a light textured mash, through which thick dark soy honey reduction oozes delightfully. Monica loves the artichoke barigoule, and I enjoy the contrasting tastes of sweet apple puree and savoury celery leaf, combining with my juicy lamb.

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Lamb Rack

Sipping the last of our wine, we prepare for dessert. 

Melon Soup is an unusual dish with humorous presentation. A patisserie crisp balances like a dhow sail, over a perfect quenelle of coconut sorbet atop a mould of fruit sitting in a clear soup. This all collapses into a floating fruit salad that we conclude is suited to the Asian palate.  

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Melon Soup
The White Chocolate Cake, has the texture of a bread pudding. Another unusual choice combines papaya with coriander for a slightly savoury dessert.   

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
White Chocolate Cake

Both of us have a predilection for chocolate desserts, and Chocolate Fondant looks fantastically tempting. As I delve in, hazelnut chocolate oozes out. It’s gooey, delicious and dense. The accompanying ice cream merges sensuously on the plate and I end the meal with the happiness of bedtime hot chocolate.

Coast Restaurant, Rasa Ria by Shangri-La, European cuisine, wine
Chocolate Fondant

We think it’s worth the trip for off-site guests, and recommend starting on the terrace with a sunset cocktail to take advantage of the spectacular sea views.

Reason to visit: Superb location, elegant Hollywood glamour, exotic menu choices.

Coast
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Pantai Dalit Beach
Tuaran, Sabah 89208
Malaysia
+ 6 088 797 888 

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    1. Indeed it is, it's worth a visit even if you are not staying at the hotel.

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  2. Very very nice place. Dropped by long long ago. But I hear Karambunai is nicer - never been there though.

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    1. We don't compare hotels, only appreciate the ones we visit! And this one is worth a visit, its been refurbished since long ago, and there is more coming soon.

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  3. I love the elegant decor of this place and each dish looks and sounds delicious and elegant. I'm going to mark this down and try it if I travel to Malaysia. :)

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    2. It is indeed elegant Amy! And I hope you get the chance to come to Malaysia, it is worth the visit.

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  5. looks like a high class place~ thanks for sharing~ if can put price the better lu~

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    2. Thanks! Actually you will find all the prices for food in the post. Two of each course came from the Tae Table D'hote menu which changes every night for 130 RM++. All A La Carte Prices are listed with the dishes. Enjoy !

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  7. crab, avocado and mango all together on one plate? it makes my taste buds very curious indeed! what a gorgeous-looking dish (and a gorgeous place too!) :D

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    1. ?It was certainly unusual but very delectable! The whole place is gorgeous indeed

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  8. Super bar and the crab roll looks nice.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. You are so right! We really enjoyed this special dish and this beautiful setting.

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