The open international buffet restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot, Xin Café, is now open after five months of a carefully crafted renovation programme to offer guests luxury and an elegant style, and a range of open kitchens serving a wide variety of international cuisine prepared by a team of professional chefs from home and abroad. The café reopened to guests on 16 June 2012.
The brand-new Xin Café is committed to offering guests a visual and taste feast. At the 10 open food stalls, chefs use local and foreign traditional ingredients coupled with the concept of “zero” to cook the food instantly to retain its original fresh flavours and present a range of rich international cuisine. The kitchen equipment and appliances are also highlights of the restaurant, such as the Indian tandoori oven, the traditional pizza oven, Brazilian barbecue pits, a Hele noodle machine with a long history and an Italian traditional manual ham shavings machine. The Xin Café team uses these open kitchens to stage a passionate kitchen drama.
At the India stall, Chef Shekh Reyajuddin, from India, uses the Indian cooking concept of "simple ingredients + condiment + cooking style" with a traditional furnace of clay and adds a variety of complex spices to present mysterious dishes from India. The Brazil barbecue stall offers a wide variety of food complemented with barbecue sauce. The Pizza stall offers pizza baked on-site and thin tortillas sprinkled with an array of mushrooms, onions, green peppers, Italian ham or sausage, crisp on the outside.
The fiery Japanese iron cooking style is used at the Japanese Teppanyaki stall, where different types of meat, vegetables, shellfish and seafood are available. At the Seafood Sushi stall, a variety of sushi, hand-rolled sashimi and Japanese cuisine are made with seafood ingredients such as Alaskan king crab legs, mouth shell, deep-sea blue, Canadian jade snail and Hawaiian scallops.
The Chinese food area brings together Huaiyang cuisine, the most welcome of the eight major cuisines in China, with that from Sichuan, Fujian and the local Mongolian dishes to show the essence of 5,000 years of Chinese cuisine. The Guangdong roasted meat area presents guests with roasted goose and pork pickled using a secret sauce. Daily selections of noodles are available at the Noodle stall, from traditional Hele noodles to delicate pastas.
In addition, guests will find many kinds of local fresh vegetables at the salad bar, where they can create their own unique and delicious salad. Salad items available include Spanish Iberian ham, also called the Ham Rolls-Royce, and Mediterranean cold dishes. The dessert area offers a selection of colourful and tasty delights.
Xin Café is rational and original with a crafted interior design and details to create a harmonious and natural atmosphere that is unique and elegant. The buffet costs Rmb218 per person. For more information and reservations, please call (86 471) 336 6888 extension 6220 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 40,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com