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2021-12-03

SHANG PALACE Shangri-la Dubai - Myriad Flavours of Chinese Cuisine

Dining in Shang Palace Shangri-la Dubai is like going back to your favourite friend as it has been delivering its Chinese gastronomy for the Chinese and Asian community in Dubai as well as the locals alike over decades. Comfort food is what you need here.
mylifestylenews writes.


The semi-open concept restaurant nestled at the corner on level one is exposed to the soaring high ceiling with a curved panel of Chinese art silk wall and the dome-like roof shows the elegance of a Oriental Chinese Palace interior motif. Rather than a Cantonese restaurant per se, Shang Palace Shangri-la Dubai is more like a culinary combination from various parts of China, with Cantonese gastronomy taking the lead, followed by Sichuan, Shanghainese as well as a hint of other Chinese provincial delicacies influences. The classic menu befits the overall Shang Palace standard with a few surprises and we screened through the big menu and settled in with a few of our favorite picks to test the full gamut of cuisine after much deliberation.
 

<Baked Wagyu Beef Puff 
黑椒和牛酥 >
The amiable “head of the bull” presentation is rather too cute to destroy, but after all said and done, you have to eat them. This is a great addition, as the pastry is puffy, airy and light and is like a thousand layers. The meat filling is rich and flavoursome but could do with a tad more seasoning to pique the taste buds. A great starter to order from the Traditional Dumplings section. Don’t miss out!
 

<Cantonese Style Golden Garlic King Prawns with Dried Chilli 避风塘大虾>
You really have to love garlic to enjoy this dish! Big battered prawns are deep fried to a light crispy texture and topped with a mountain full of dried garlic flakes. A typical Cantonese style of all time favorite seafood dish and the prawns have been butterflied and shelled served in quite a generous portion. So there is no mess to worry about and just tuck right in. While the batter may have been a fraction too thick, this is a delicious dish packed with flavour and goes well with steamed rice.


<Deep Fried Tiger Prawns with Spicy Sichuan Sauce 四川香辣老虎虾>
Another prawn dish that is a must order if you are really into seafood selection. Jumbo King Size Tiger Prawns are well selected and deep fried to the right texture in spicy Sichuan sauce (more like a black bean sauce in moderate heat). Fresh, meaty and tasty are the only words to describe this generous serving.


<Steamed Fish with Chopped Chilli & Truffle Soy Sauce 鸳鸯剁椒双吃鱼>
The dinner continued with the taste of the sea with the steamed seabass with chopped chilli and truffle soy sauce which are done in separate ways to highlight the one fish in duo taste motif. The chilli sauce was a little salty which is quite the norm for its style of cooking, but yet to offer the pungency of the kick which is supposed to be the intended flavour and the truffle soy was also quite overpowering. It is not quite the way it traditionally should be done. A hit and miss!


<Sauteed Black Angus Tenderloin with Fresh Red Chilli & Kai-Lan Root 尖椒炒牛柳粒>
The quality diced mouth-full beef was tender and tasty, although it turned out the kitchen wasn’t happy with the quality of the kai-lan, so this was substituted for asparagus, which was equally delicious to accompany the beef and provided a good foil for the rich flavour. A classic Sichuan delicacy with a zing on palate!


 <Sautéed Honey Beans & Dried Chilli干煸四季豆>
Also known as snake beans or long beans for its light crunchy bite on the palette if it is sautéed well in a high speed fired wok fried with dried chili or bean paste sauce. Shang Palace Shangri-la Dubai’s take on this is up to its satisfactory level and accompanied with mini mushrooms and topped with aromatic deep-fried garlic which is an additional bonus in flavour.
 

<Half Peking Duck 
北京烤鴨>
This ubiquitous dish was expertly presented and then sliced thinly to perfection in front of us. The skin is light and not greasy to enjoy despite the meat texture was slightly on the dried side yet equally tasty. The interesting change this time was in the accompaniments with the new add-ons of sesame sauce and mushroom truffle sauce in addition to the usual thick plum sauce.


Quite frankly we weren’t convinced, but the pancakes were at the right thickness and temperature. A round of applause also had to be given to the cucumber and ginger which were julienned to perfection.


<Stir-Fried Duck with Beansprouts & Bell Peppers 什锦鸭絲>
The remaining meat from the Peking Duck dish is always being recommended to be used up either stir-fried or making a clear broth from its carcass. We opted for the stir-fried shredded meat with beansprouts and bell peppers and somehow this did not resonate with us. The meat and overall dish tasted very bland and we had to add a few splashes of soy sauce to bring out its flavour. The beansprouts and bell pepper were also overly cooked and became too soggy and missing its original light crunchy palate.
 

<Fried Crispy Noodles with Lobster & Vegetables 龙虾脆面香>
The eye-catching presentation will give you a wow factor immediately when it is brought to the table. The lobster meat was shelled out nicely in the right bite size, well braised and sat around the bulky crispy noodles with the big lobster head topped on its head the final touch for this stand out dish. Another classic Cantonese style noodle dish that is champion in winning as ever.


<Wok-Fried Black Angus Beef Sirloin Strips with Ginger & Spring Onion Sauce
姜葱炒牛柳〉
We couldn’t help but to order another wok-fried beef dish since the previous order was quite palatable. Unfortunately this dish turned out to be our least favourite dish of the night, due to the meat tenderizer being over-used yet didn’t get the tender texture right. The flavour is also too salty up front and overpowered the aromatic ginger and spring onion which shall be the reverse.


<Deep-Fried Banana with Honey & Pumpkin & Date Cake
椰枣金瓜饼配蜂蜜香蕉>
The colorful presentation with the combination of deep-fried banana and the pumpkin and date cake looks inviting but not as exciting in taste as it is seen. The glutinous pumpkin and date cake was rather bland in taste, the deep-fried banana also did not offer the right airy deep fried texture despite it was done a-la-minute, the hand-peeled pomelo was dried and lacked sweetness which was another let-down.


Most of the time, many chefs do improvise with an alternate version by introducing their most traditional way of cooking and presentation to suit the local palate in which many may not know how to appreciate the best of flavours. If it is done properly, a fusion alternative could be another great invention, but failure to which, it could then turn out to be a disaster and being like the locals and many others by consuming food that they think it best suits their palate but definitely has lost its charm from its authenticity of flavor.


Overall, the food still hits the mark with a few hit and misses that need further attention to meet the brand’s consistency. With such a vast menu to juggle from a couple of different regional cuisines and delicacies, the challenge is high to upkeep a full scored standard especially featuring Chinese Cuisine in this region by limited supply of the actual and exact ingredients and produce. From a halal perspective, this is more than satisfying. 


Shang Palace Shangri-la Dubai delivers memorable dining experiences that always come with a discreet and attentive service and they don’t rush you in between courses either. Our servers, Simon and Troung, were very helpful and attentive and it was also good to see the Manager Alex still working the floor and interacting with the clientele. The ambience within the restaurant has that very unique overall Shang Palace feel to it, which we love; however, the pianist playing in the main lobby is a little bit jarring with the Chinese pop music being played in the restaurant, so food for thought.


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4/5


Sheikh Zayed Road,
P.O.Box 75880
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 405 2703

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Tiffany & Co. 2021 Christmas Pick

Tiffany & Co. celebrates this festive season with holiday gifting from the iconic Tiffany T1 Collection and the bold Tiffany Hardwear Collection, to the sophisticated Tiffany Victoria® Vine Collection, let The Tiffany Blue Box surprise your and be the highlight of the season.


The Merry and High Tiffany T1 Power
With the core qualities of strength, power and independence, and marked by the sleek T motif, a signature House code, each Tiffany T1 jewelry is individually cast and hand-polished by Tiffany’s master craftsman. Wrapped around the wearer in a continuous, unbroken circle, the rose gold or gold Tiffany T1 hinged bangle features scintillating diamonds, or without, and an iconic "T" motif at the center. This statement piece is a reinvention of a Tiffany icon, that represents individual strength and perpetual power, worn outwardly to express what lies within. For the bangles dazzling with diamonds, Tiffany artisans painstakingly set each pavé diamond by hand in a complex honeycomb pattern for incredible radiance, texture and dimension that makes the piece extra special. Match your holiday looks with the Tiffany T1 ring, earrings and pendant in 18k rose gold and gold for a bold look for a unique style.


The Happy Holidays Sparkle with Tiffany Victoria Vine
With an intensity that rivals the night sky, the Tiffany Victoria Vine collection celebrates the blazing brilliance of Tiffany diamonds. Flower and vine motifs shine in platinum and 18k rose gold pendant, with expertly cut marquise, pear-shaped and round brilliant diamond accents, while the organic vine motif of earrings, bangle and ring complements the beauty of mixed-cut diamonds to perfect your holiday outfit.


With the Tiffany Victoria Vine collection, you will definitely have a happy sparkling season for those who know that too many Tiffany diamonds are never enough.


The Jolly and Shining HardWear Link
Inspired by the industrial and rebellion spirit of New York City, the Tiffany HardWear collection’s bold, graduated chain of gauge links captures the urban edge of the city and luxury chic, making a stunning statement.


The selected rose gold Tiffany HardWear necklace, pendant, bracelet and earrings in rose gold are a modern interpretation of an archival design from 1971 that is elegantly subversive and captures the spirit of chic women and men. The holiday is the perfect time to come together as a family, celebrate love and friendship, and there's nothing jollier than adding boldness and sparkle to this special holiday.

2021-12-02

CHAUMET Presents Chaumet The 12 Vendôme Theatre of Wonders


CHAUMET Presents Chaumet The 12 Vendôme Theatre of Wonders.


Place Vendôme, one evening in December.


The magic of the end-of-year celebrations transforms snowflakes into slivers of gold, the night lights up with a fairy-tale radiance, lamp posts are lit, the Vendôme column sparkles ... and at the heart of this marvellous setting is where the magic begins. On its snow-covered roofs, a Christmas tale plays out in a merging of reality and imagination. A winter night’s dream in which and creations play the starring role. comes to life, unveiling unexpected treasures and fantastical scenes, in this celebration of the joy and wonder of the festive season.


2021-12-01

Hermès 2021 Christmas Pick


Ash Wood bicycle with basket 
in ash wood and bullcalf 


Verrou horse blankeT bag 
 in embroidered Swift calfskiN  


Cuffs in aluminum

 Avalon III cushion in wool and cashmere


Case of three Promenade au Faubourg mugs in porcelain


Kelly Baguette bracelet in rose gold and diamonds


  Belt in Tadelakt calfskin


Hermès Tea Time scarf 70cm in vintage silk


Lazy Leopardesses scarf 90cm in silk twill



2021-11-30

Zegna Iconic Triple Stitch Sneaker Takes Another Step Forward

Zegna iconic Triple Stitch Sneaker makes progressive strides forward with a contemporary new spectrum of colours and materials, now including a #UseTheExistingTM version. Reducing Zegna’s ecological footprint, this #UseTheExistingTM sneaker is the next step in Zegna’s legacy of sustainability and continual evolution. 
Encompassing the brand’s green vision for the future, the two leading paths of Zegna’s #UseTheExistingTM project are applied within this updated and new version of the Triple Stitch Sneaker featuring a soft wool upper made from recovered 14MILMIL14 fibres, threads, and fabrics from all phases of the production process.


#UseTheExistingTM is the brand evolutionary commitment and a guiding principle that encompasses all our efforts to upcycle the production process and that actually permeates all the brand’s collections. Launched by Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori with the Ermenegildo Zegna XXX Winter 2019 Collection, and developed with the expertise and innovation of Zegna Group’s textile division, #UseTheExistingTM represents Zegna's concrete pledge to reduce the final waste down to zero.


The new #UseTheExistingTM model joins Zegna’s global bestselling Triple Stitch sneaker collection. Designed for modern mindsets and multifaceted lifestyles, this sneaker is an enduring icon that combines style and versatility with a remarkably flexible and lightweight construction.


The newly envisioned #UseTheExistingTM wool version of the Triple Stitch Sneaker is available amongst a selection of elevated materials including soft suede, grained calf leather, deerskin and canvas, finished with signature elasticated straps, forming the iconic XXX logo, so it can conveniently slip on and off with ease. Effortlessly won with both tailored and casual outfits, this modern shoe is the definition of versatility and made for every moment.

2021-11-29

TOM VAN DER BORGHT Hyères 2021


HYERES TOM VAN DER BORGHT Hyères 2021


For this new edition of the festival of Hyères, Tom Van Der Borght presented his new collection "Time for love". The clothing becomes a living metaphor of the connection between humans.


After winning the 35th edition of the Hyères festival, Tom sought to make a transition between his two collections! Last year, his universe was the essence of his inspiration, a kind of "take it or leave it".


For this new season, Tom is less frontal and invites us to enter his universe while making it wearable through pieces with more ready to wear cuts. In the collection, you will see a lot of pearls, likes earrings attached to the clothes, patched peaches on the green and purple look.


On one hand we find his love for sportwear and on the other hand his love for delicate materials and details. To keep this sense of details, Tom has collaborated with Maison Lesage, Hubert Barrere, House of Paloma and Maison Michel. 


Tom creates an important hat collection to share a message: the hats are an answer to the Covid situation. Rather than covering the mouth, the eyes are covered. For instance, you can find the iconic double hat on look 14 which was a first in terms of realization for Maison Michel.


Tom is considering sustainability as a responsibility that we have to take, it is something that has to come from the inside. Tom is not working on seasons and gender. He will not decide who will wear his clothes. So he prefers to create a lasting piece that you will wear for a long time.


New luxury is the future of luxury.