Shortly after its 27th anniversary, the award winning Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, one of the iconic Chinese restaurants in the Beijing, unveils delightful changes. Known for its healthy dining approach, delectable cuisine offerings, attentive service and capturing ambience, Shang Palace is not only a place for business entertainment but now even more so ideal for family gatherings or just simple get-togethers. Shang Palace, with its constant pursuit to delight its customers have indeed evolved and made new additions to further take its loyal diners on a new culinary experience.
Delight 1: New Master Duck Chef presents his hallmark creation in West Beijing
Peking Roast Duck, one of the icons of Chinese cuisine, is synonymous to Beijing whenever food is discussed in this city. In furthering this cuisine tradition, Shang Palace has invited Chef Yuan Chaoying, the Shangri-La group’s Roast Duck ambassador and expert, to set up his duck oven right in the restaurant to provide its diners with his very own Peking Roast Duck creation. This will be Chef Yuan’s 3rd oven, the first two being at Kerry Hotel Beijing and Shangri-La Hotel Tianjin.
A native of Beijing, Chef Yuan has 36 years’ experience in crafting the perfect Roast Duck. He has honed his skills while working for classic duck restaurants like Quanjude and Yayuan Roast Duck. His culinary adventures have taken him to Japan, Germany, the Philippines and Hong Kong on numerous occasions to showcase his very own Peking Duck.
The Shang Palace Peking Roast Duck begins with the selection of duck that must be without blemish. Using a 148-year-old traditional brick oven roasting method fired with hardwood from jujube trees, the meticulously air dried and skilfully prepared duck is artfully roasted to perfection. With an inviting aroma, tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, rich to the palate but not greasy the Peking Roast Duck is surely a must-try while dining in Shang Palace. If you have not had Chef Yuan’s Roast Duck, you have not tasted culinary perfection.
Delight 2: Back to Simplicity, a return to the Classics
Thoughtfully put together by Chinese Executive Chef Kam Siew Tong, Shang Palace’s newly launched Ala Carte menu represents a move away from complexity and into simplicity. Chef Kam believes that “Good food need not be complicated”. A simple dish cooked with passion brings back fond memories and the warmth of home. This new menu brings together the classics of Cantonese and regional Chinese small dishes. Besides, the evergreen Hong Kong dim sum favourites, Chef Kam, bring a flavourful twist to his creations with his Asian culinary influence. No wonder, the restaurant regulars are saying, “Kam, I am coming ‘home’ for dinner”.
Delight 3: Rooted in Nature, excellence in quality and taste
All of Shang Palace’s dishes are rooted in nature and where possible, feature the finest locally sourced ingredients to ensure freshness and top quality. In addition, each link of the food supply chain strictly upholds the principle of respecting nature, protecting the interests of the community and striving for excellence to make sure the guests enjoy safe and healthy food. Try Shang Palace’s ‘No Added MSG’ set menu and discover how culinary expertise can transform basic wholesome goodness into rich and healthy flavours.
Delight 4: Value for Money, surprisingly affordable
It is a myth that a top quality restaurant in a hotel must be forbiddingly expensive. Shang Palace while indeed a five-star quality outlet, shares the philosophy of true Value for Money. Just like the belief that good food need not be complicated, be it a food connoisseur gourmet feast and a simple home cooked meal, a great dining experience need not only be for the rich. What is important for the passionate staff of Shang Palace is, regardless of how much or how little one spends, the diner cannot wait to come back for another great meal.
Delight 5: Sweet Endings with a western twist
An often forgotten element of a Chinese meal is great desserts. Inspired by S.T.A.Y., the award winning French restaurant in the hotel, Shang Palace hopes to inspire the diners to be adventurous and indulge in some sweet endings. Instead of just regular Chinese desserts, there is a collection of Western classic desserts specially prepared by pastry artisans to bring the meal to a most blissful ending. Along with mixed fruit juice, smoothies, mixed teas and milk concoctions, there is definitely more selections than just the typical Chinese tea and fruit platter in most other Chinese restaurants.
Looking at the new Shang Palace menu may already be an exercise in self-control as the eyes feast on the sumptuous food photos. But do let go and discover new delights that the reinvented classic Shang Palace has to offer.
Shang Palace is open seven days a week. Lunch is offered daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m.