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A Matter Of Taste
Published: Volume 22, Issue 1, January, 2014

Creative global cuisine, unmatched harbour views and an intriguing swirl of differing design textures make the Kowloon Shangri-La a must-visit stop on your next trip to Hong Kong

Patsy Chan is one of the loveliest ladies you can encounter if you are lucky enough to run into her at Hong Kongís Kowloon Shangri-La, the award-winning property that is perched within close proximity of the crashing waves of the South China Sea. At the two Michelin-star Chinese restaurant Shang Palace, Chan, the Director of Communications hosts an enviable table for lunch that resounds with comfortable conversation, much off-the-beaten-track information and a lot of laughs. The delicate flavours of steamed shrimp dumplings and barbecued pork loin glazed with honey sauce silences the animated group for a while till a collective murmur of approval enfolds the next serving: oven-baked cod filled with egg white and conpoy. Braised mustard vegetables with crab coral, spare ribs dribbled with coffee sauce, fried puntalette, a trio of desserts and more, sparkle with innovative culinary flourishes at this seven-course meal. Resplendent in red and gold, reminiscent of the Sung Dynasty, the newly refurbished Shang Palace is famed for its authentic Cantonese cuisine which locks in traditional flavours to please the most discerning. And all of it arrives creatively plated on special gold-trimmed chinaware inspired by the lingzhi, a Chinese plant symbolising luck and longevity.

It can only be a stroke of luck if the Hong Kong mist lifts its veil when you check into the expansive rooms where floor-to-ceiling windows afford stunning views of Victoria Harbour, the cheekily turned out tourist boats and the architectural oomph across the water. At night, when the cityís lights encircle the bay, walk down from the hotel onto the waterfront promenade along the Avenue of Stars modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that salutes the Hong Kong film industry. Join the merry-makers lined up for the nightly show of Symphony of Lights, the multimedia lasor projection synchronised to music that keeps the crowd enthralled. You can even catch some of the dazzling spectacle from the comfort of your room.


The Kowloon Shangri-La has much to be proud of and not least its location at Tsim Sha Tsui East, surrounded as it is by an expanse of water, a busy train station and a shopping street that never sleeps. But before you march to the beat of Hong Kong bustle, pause in the glittering lobby to study two large murals by English painter Malcolm Golding depicting the Shangri-La Valley and make a languid stopover at the sprawling Cafe Kool for a supremely fulfilling breakfast. An extravagant array of global cuisines and six food stations are spread over 850 square metres and if that isnít enough to overwhelm the palate, there is the adjoining Deli Kool whose extensive gourmet offerings promise to do an additional tango on the taste buds!

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