Monday, January 30, 2012

The Most Expensive Meal In My Life

Hubby & I went down to KL for a few days a few weeks ago, and we dined in Shook! in Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang. It was then that we were billed RM830.55 for a dinner meal for two! Shocking, huh?

Well, let me tell you what we ate.

We were served bread with some spices and olive oil upon seated. I took a bite and that was all.

9 January 2012

For Appetizers,
Hubby ordered Snow White Dancing Prawns, which are stir-fried prawns with hot mayonnaise sprinkled with honey-glazed walnuts. RM59.

It turned out ok as the big 5 prawns were really fresh and succulent, but nothing fancy. I mean, I've ate this kinda dish in Chinese restaurants everywhere. Not worth the RM59 to me.

As for me, I ordered Foie Gras. It was my first time tasted this exotic food of fatty goose liver. RM98.

It was pan fried and served with cheesy risotto and the sauce was really good. And as I have always loved liver, i liked the taste of the fatty liver which was cooked to perfection. Hubby didn't like it though as he don't fancy livers that much.

But as I went home and read that this exotic food comes about with animal cruelty (where geese and ducks are forced-fed to create an engorged liver), I don't think I can ever eat it again!

For Mains,
Hubby ordered the Thermidor Boston Lobster.
It was cooked in a creamy white cheese sauce, then baked to perfection and glazed with parmesan cheese. RM39 per 100g.
It was good. Both of us liked it.

As for me, I ordered another dish which I haven't eaten before in my whole life.
Master Grade Australian Wagyu.
Scoring AA8-9 Unique and a class of its own - indulgingly tender, juicy and well-marbled beef. It was served with Hoshimeiji and Enoki mushrooms, and complimented with sweet madeira glaze. Tenderloin - RM296 per 200g.

Well, someone told me before that wagyu beef was supposed to melt-in-your mouth and you wouldn't even know you are eating beef. Maybe that was the expectation I had before I ordered it. When it came and it wasn't like that, I was disappointed.
I mean, I still knew I was eating beef. And not all parts were melt-in-my-mouth. It was really tender but not melt-in-my-mouth type. So this super expensive main was a disappointment for me.

We were both so full after the appetizers and mains that we needed to have a rest before dessert. Lighting was a bit out because we were dining in a dimly lit restaurant. My dress was actually Christmassy green, but it turned out to be blueish-green here.

As for Dessert,
we decided to just share one order. And it was nice.

So this is the bill. Shockingly crazy, huh?

Well, if you know us well enough, you would definitely know that we would never fork out this money to eat like this. I find it very sinful.
Yes, this meal was FREE!

It's a free meal by YTL because during our Pangkor Laut Resort stay, some of our expectations were not met, so we were being offered a complimentary meal in Shook!

So Thank You YTL for being so generous and let me experience my first ever taste of Foie Gras and Wagyu Beef! ;)


Simon Lim said...

Well, glad to hear that you did not have to pay for it. I've always felt that Shook is just pompous and extracts the clientele's money from their noses. Though the food is exotic, I bet you can get it cheaper elsewhere. Like your disappointment with the beef, I generally find that I get disappointed with places that claim to serve exotic food but cannot deliver the standard. A lot of hotels and upper market eateries do not deliver the value that you pay for. Sometimes I feel it is such a rip-off - yet many pay for such meals but dared not complaint lest they be labelled as ignorant. As for me, so long as I enjoy it, and the food is cooked well - and not exorbitantly priced - justice is done!

tanshuyin said...

Hie Unknown,

for me it is sinful to pay so much just for one meal. But I am still glad and lucky I get to taste some of the world's most exotic food.

Btw, do u happen to blog hop or do i know u? ;)

WendyinKK said...

I've dined in Shook a few times before and I've got to say, it's not one of the best restaurants that YTL has.

I once had wagyu in a restaurant in Ipoh, well being a bit scroogy I ordered the 2nd grade one.. it tasted not much different than a sirloin! Aiyoyo!

But..... my perception about wagyu was totally changed when I was offered some to taste while shopping in Ben's Independant Grocer in MontKiara. That toothpick of wagyu tasted oh-so-good-I'm-in-heaven. Literally melted in my mouth, so juicy and delicious! My hubby asked me to buy one piece, but I asked him? Where to cook it? The next time if I want to eat wagyu again, I'll make a trip to KL, get my beef from BIG(with coldbox along) and bring home to cook, so that I don't waste my money. LOL. At least I get what I paid for.(forget abt petrol cost, LOL)

BTW, I never like liver, too gamey

tanshuyin said...


How come shook! not that good but then u dined there a few times?
Free meals like me huh? ;P

Anyway, yalor the wagyu beef was such a disappointment for me lor. Really expected the melt-in-my-mouth taste. And luckily i didnt pay for it, if not for such an expensive dish, i will surely scold n curse for weeks!

i liked the foie gras. but then like i said, once i know bout the animal cruelty thingy, i dont think i can ever order one again! ;)

WendyinKK said...

Once was like... hmm... 13 years ago. While still in Uni, just went with a friend for fun.

2nd time was 10 yrs ago, meeting a bunch of friends. Needed somewhere "nice" and new for them. Nice as in ambience. Last time it was a live kitchen, sit in front and see them cook few feet away, and got piano and singers.. that sort of stuff.

3rd was for hi-Tea. Offer ma. Just last 2 years. changed a lot. seems like.... not as upmarket as long ago.

It's just not the best la, but last time, food was better than now. Hi-Tea offer, just close one eye lor, for the price and ambience. Still edible la.

Simon Lim said...

Sorry, Shu-yin. It is me, Simon, I have not commented on blogs before but this entry of yours aroused my interest. I was still figuring out how to put my name in when my comment was posted. Tried to change it but can't....

tanshuyin said...

U mean u r Uncle Simon? :)

Simon Lim said...

Based on the family tree, your formal address to me would be Koko only... ;)

tanshuyin said...

Yes, since u r stella's bro right, Simon koko. :)