November 17th, 2011
Shook! is a much acclaimed fine dining venue within the Feast Village at the prestigious Starhill Gallery mall in central KL. Feast Village is a unique concept for an upmarket food court, and has set new benchmarks in Malaysia for both design and culinary excellence since its opening in 1999. The design for the Feast Village was based around the theme of showcasing ethnic Asian cuisines in an authentic environment reminescent of the rustic “village” life style. With 12 different restaurants- each representing a regional cuisine – the culinary experience is as varied as the interior designs of each venue- all interconnected via a series of “pathways” that wind their way through the floor space.
Shook! occupies a prominent position at the focal point of the Feast Village– and with a large space of 1,300sq.m ( with seating for 200 diners) Shook! takes up approximately one third of the total Feast Village floor area. An open dining restaurant, Shook! features four showcase kitchens- Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Western Grill. The interactive dining experience allows guests to select fresh produce from abundant displays on the counters fronting the various kitchens, and observe the “theatre” of the chefs at work in the open kitchens.
The large scale, open dining design of Shook! has many of the signature elements associated with its renowned Japanese designer – Super Potato Design. Their creations are famous for incorporating natural materials such as stone, timber and glass, with contrasting textures ranging from raw, unfinished surfaces and edges, to smoothly polished slabs of granite. The distinctive style blends contemporary luxury with influences from the local geographical heritage. Within Shook! the four large show kitchens are spaced across the room- with either thick polished granite, or solid timber counters surrounding each kitchen. Tables on the main floor are well spaced, and there are several discrete seating arrangements along the walls and adjacent to the wine cellar for semi-private groups. In the centre of the floor space is a circular bar- with an illuminated glass counter and seating at the bar. The bar overlooks the performance stage and lounge areas, where jazz musicians perform nightly. A large glass encased wine cellar holding over 3,000 bottles of selected vintage wines is a feature at Shook!
The culinary offerings at Shook! are extensive, with a fusion of eastern and western cuisines served from the four show kitchens. All produce is market fresh, natural, and seasonally selected. Large glass tanks holding live fish are prominently displayed behind the Chinese kitchen- and a row of glass bowls of aerated water along the counter front hold fresh clams and shellfish. All the kitchen counters feature prolific displays of the specific fresh produce used within that kitchen.
Italian & Western Grill
The Western Grill kitchen features signature dishes such as: Rack of Lamb – with pearl Spanish onion confit, roma tomato and mushroom ragout served with apple fig balsamic sauce. And Honey Roasted Spiced Spring Chicken – Slow-roasted spring chicken marinated in an array of aromatic herbs and honey served with young garden vegetables.
The Italian kitchen signature dishes include- Margarita Pizza – topped with sliced cherry tomato, fresh basil leaves and drizzle with virgin olive oil; and Gamberoni Pasta – fresh King Prawn pasta with choice of white wine butter sauce or spicy tomatoes.
Japanese Kitchen- signature dishes include- Master Grade Wagyu Teppanyaki – Tenderloin / Sirloin; Spidermaki – Rolled Japanese vinegared rice filled with Soft Shell Crab tempura; and Gindara Teriyaki – grilled Black Canadian Cod Fish with a sweet soy-seasoned ‘Teriyaki’ sauce.
Specialties from the Chinese kitchen include- Wok wok Prawn – Stir-fried fresh White Prawns with specially selected fine herbs and spices from the world famous Szechuan Region; Snow White Dancing Prawn – stir-fried prawn with hot mayonnaise, sprinkled with honey glazed walnuts; and King Prawn Noodles – Cantonese crispy noodles with fresh water prawns.
Some of the Shook! signature dishes-
King Prawn Noodles – Cantonese Crispy Noodles with Fresh Water Prawns
Snow White Dancing Prawn – Stir-fried prawn with Hot Mayonnaise, Sprinkled with Honey Glazed Walnuts
Gindara Teriyaki – Grilled Black Canadian Cod Fish with a Sweet Soy-seasoned ‘Teriyaki’ Sauce
Semi-private table setting next to the Chinese Kitchen
Wine Cellar- over 3,000 bottles of vintage wines
Circular main bar
Lounge area and performance stage
A nightly feature at Shook! are live jazz musicians who provide unobtrusive background music. And there are regular special features on the weekends- currently running until the end of December are the “Sunday Masquerades” – a brunch event from 12pm until 5pm- with all the staff dressed in elaborate themed costumes- and guests encouraged to join in the spirit of the theme. (See Facebook page for details).
Shook! at Starhill Gallery
Address: FEAST Floor, LG1 Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang. 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Car Parking: Starhill Gallery and JW Marriott Hotel carpark
Reservations: +603. 2782 3875
Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 am ~ 1:00 am