181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2782 3875
Business hours: 6am-11pm.
Brunch is from noon to 4pm.
A FEAST fit for the Queen of Hearts lies down the rabbit hole at Shook! Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur with the return of its popular Champagne brunch, this time with an Alice in Wonderland-inspired theme.
The Mad Hatter Sunday Champagne Brunch will see Shook!’s Feast Village transformed into a one-of-a-kind wonderland, where guests can expect to be greeted by the Mad Hatter himself as they step through a giant clock archway into a unique dining experience.
Hundreds of delectable dishes await, prepared by Shook!’s Japanese, Italian, Western grill and Chinese kitchens.
Created by executive chef Matthew Ona, the menu focuses on quirky and fun recipes while retaining the quality of fine dining that Shook! is known for.
For appetisers, there is a large selection of cheese with crackers, hams and cold cuts.
Recommended main dishes include Cumberland Sausage Rope and Whole Marinated Darling Lamb at the live action carvery station, where guests can pick their favourite cuts of tender lamb roasted on a spit.
The Japanese sushi counter has freshly sliced butterfish, maguro and salmon, along with simple but yummy inari (rice stuffed in sweet tofu), chuka idaako (marinated baby octopus) and hotate (scallops).
Warm miso soup ladled unto cold soba noodles in delicate bowls made for a perfect visual and culinary feast.
Adding a touch of Italian to the fare is a pizza station.
Here, you can get pizzas made upon order.
Oriental flavours abound with fried and roast chicken, roast duck and assorted fried items such as “money pouch”, stuffed crabs, fish cakes and lor bak , rendang and curry dishes.
There is also a selection of fresh seafood such as chilled and poached tiger prawns, chilled Atlantic blue mussel and fresh, juicy giant clams.
Children and adults alike marvelled at the pretty desserts at the Dessert Bar, which was decorated with white picket fences and sweet treats such as Hatter Cake Pops and a pink chocolate fountain with fruits and homemade marshmallows.
The Pot Au Chocolate, which was served in teacups containing a rich, creamy chocolate mousse, was topped with a sliver of gold leaf and tasted sweet without being too cloying.
The fluffy-looking Red Velvet Pillows, made with a red velvet cake base was stuffed with berry filling and topped with soft vanilla and cream cheese.
From tricolour jelly puddings with layers of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry to heart-shaped eclairs dusted with sugar frosting and pink mushroom meringues, it was heaven in a corner for the sweet-toothed.
A giant macaroon ‘tree’ allowed guests to pluck out their preferred sweet treats.
I felt like a child in a candy store as I picked out the apple and caramel mousse cake, colourful rainbow cakes, candies in jars and chocolate lollipops with salted caramel filling.
Autodome Sdn Bhd (the company that operates Shook) executive director Jeremiah Tan said having brunch had become popular among Malaysians.
“Malaysians love to eat. When we hosted the Masquerade and Shanghai brunches previously, our guests looked forward to them every Sunday,” said Tan.
“This time around we wanted something young, fresh and fun, so we came up with this new concept. When we talk about Alice in Wonderland, we immediately think of the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and clocks turning backwards, so it is a fun experience that we aim to offer here at Shook!,” he added.
Guests are welcome to take photos with the various life-sized props of stacked cakes, teapots and books; and even a water fountain garden area made to resemble the Queen’s Garden.
Guests opting for the Champagne brunch priced at RM268++ per person get to enjoy free-flowing Moet and Chandon .
The food-only option is at RM168++ per person. Reservations are recommended.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement of StarMetro.