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Island Shangri-La Hong Kong to Host Guest Chefs from Azur in Beijing and Ministry of Crab in Sri Lanka

Island Shangri-La Hong Kong to Host Guest Chefs from Azur in Beijing and Ministry of Crab in Sri Lanka

In March 2018, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong will present exclusive dining experiences to Hong Kong diners with two guest-chef events: Chef Daniel Smeenk from Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing’s award-winning French restaurant AZUR will visit Restaurant Petrus from 1 to 3 March 2018; while celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa from Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Crab, one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, will present a one-night-only crustacean dinner at Lobster Bar and Grill on 29 March 2018

With his guest appearance in Hong Kong, AZUR’s Chef de Cuisine Daniel Smeenk will reunite with Ricardo Chaneton, his counterpart at Restaurant Petrus and fellow alumnus who also worked with distinguished chef Mauro Colagreco at his Michelin two-starred restaurant, Mirazur, in Menton, France.  After working at Mirazur, Chef Smeenk joined the opening teams of Chef Colagreco’s establishments in China, which include Le Siècle at YIHE Mansions in Nanjing and recently, AZUR at Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing.

Chef Smeenk will present AZUR’s signature dishes, such as Marinated scallop with citrus yoghurt and Granny Smith apple, Wagyu short rib pastrami with red cabbage, cauliflower salad and Sichuan pepper jus, as well as Apple sponge cake with ginger custard at Restaurant Petrus during dinner on 1 March 2018, and both lunch and dinner on 2 and 3 March 2018.  Please refer to the appendixes for the full menus.

Sri Lanka’s renowned chef and restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa is known for being the founder of Ministry of Crab along with other successful restaurants, as well as for his role in the popular TV series Culinary Journeys with Dharshan.

Chef Munidasa is of mixed Sri-Lankan and Japanese descent.  His first venture was the opening of Japanese restaurant Nihonbashi at Colombo in 1995.  Following its success, he founded Ministry of Crab – the first restaurant in Sri Lanka dedicated to serving the island’s export-quality lagoon crab and which has become the country’s sought-after establishment since its opening in 2011.  Both restaurants have been the only Sri Lankan entries to be consecutively listed on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2015.

Chef Munidasa is known for his focus on high-quality fresh ingredients that he often pairs with Japanese cooking philosophies.  His hands-on involvement and his meticulous attention to details have ensured the consistently high standards of his restaurants.  Numerous accolades have been bestowed upon Chef Munidasa for his revolutionary contribution to Sri Lanka’s gastronomic landscape and Japanese culture.

For one night only on 29 March 2018, Chef Munidasa will present his signature dishes made with fresh Sri Lankan seafood, such as King prawn bisque, Garlic chilli prawn and Pepper crab.  The exclusive six-course set menu priced at HK$920 (subject to a 10% service charge) per person will be available at Lobster Bar and Grill.  Please refer to the appendix for the full menu.

About Restaurant Petrus 

Restaurant Petrus commands spectacular views of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.  It is renowned for having one of Asia’s large wine cellars, which features a premium Château Pétrus collection and extensive vintages from other famous and exclusive chateaux.  Restaurant Petrus opens daily for lunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.  For reservations, guests may call (852) 2820 8590 or send an e-mail to petrus.isl@shangri la.com.

About Lobster Bar and Grill 

Lobster Bar and Grill offers a convivial atmosphere to unwind and savour a series of innovative cocktails and seafood dishes.  Every Monday to Saturday, the warm and enthralling live performances by talented jazz vocalists complete the venue’s sophisticated vibe.  Lobster Bar and Grill opens daily from noon to 1 a.m. from Sundays to Thursdays and from noon to 2 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays; lunch is served from noon to 2:30 p.m. and dinner is from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.  For reservations, guests may call (852) 2820 8560 or send an e-mail to lbandgrill.isl@shangri-la.com.

About AZUR 

Located at Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, AZUR is an original fine-dining restaurant featuring authentic and creative French Riviera cuisine.  Guests will experience a unique interpretation of produce and contrasts between savouries while enjoying the chef’s creations of inspiration.  AZUR is “the place” where service is a passion and cuisine is precisely balanced to taste while staying true to tradition.

About Ministry of Crab 

Ministry of Crab, Sri Lanka’s first restaurant dedicated to serving export-quality lagoon crabs, is the brainchild of celebrated chef and restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa, in partnership with Sri Lankan cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.  An iconic restaurant housed in a renovated 400-year-old Dutch hospital in Colombo, Ministry of Crab is intended as an ode to Sri Lanka, as the quality of the produce served at the restaurant reflects the bounty of the island.  Unique in its dedication to showcasing Sri Lanka’s produce, Ministry of Crab has begun to change the face of Colombo’s culinary scene, and received due recognition by being ranked on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2015 to 2017, currently positioned at No.29 on the 2017 list.  The restaurant was also voted the S. Pellegrino “Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka” in 2016 and 2017, an award that is a part of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.

 
Shangri-La Hotels and Resort, an iconic flagship brand of the Shangri-La Group, currently operates over 80 deluxe hotels and resorts with a room inventory of over 35,000. Renowned for its distinctive Asian hospitality, the Company has properties in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group’s award-winning Golden Circle loyalty programme extends to all properties of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts worldwide. For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com.

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