At the Island Shangri-La’s Lobster Bar and Grill, the elegance and charm of this 20-odd year old restaurant is instantly apparent the moment you walk in. Given that obviously it specialises in seafood, and particularly lobster, the blue décor and the two beautiful aquariums dotted with colourful fish fit the scene perfectly.
To the right of the entrance, a huge mahogany bar dominates the space, where you can enjoy a cocktail or two pre- or post-dinner. To the left, is a gorgeous dining room with blue leather chairs, where you can gladly spend hours over a civilised dinner, whilst enjoying the tunes from the live jazz band.
Following a recommendation from the helpful, smiling staff, we began by sharing a seafood platter for two. This enormous platter, bearing Boston lobster, Alaskan crab, oysters, abalone, muscles, sea whelks, prawns and four kinds of sashimi (scallops, salmon, squid and tuna), would have probably sufficed as our meal, or at least served three hungry people. The seafood was all incredibly fresh, my favourite being the very meaty lobster tail. Served on a bed of ice, my only complaint is that some of the seafood was a little too cold, verging on frozen, meaning that some of the flavour, from the crab for example, was lost.
The Peruvian ceviche, consisting of scallops and hamachi, with avocado and pomelo, was deliciously fresh and light. I loved the contrast in textures from the melt-in-the-mouth scallops, to the buttery avocado, and chunky hamachi.
The poached Boston lobster tartare, large enough to be a main course after the rest of the seafood, despite being on the starters menu, was divine. Tiny chunks of lobster, laced in a lemon yoghurt dressing were meaty and flavoursome, without being too heavy.
My favourite savoury dish of the night, however, was the black ink seafood risotto. The rice was perfectly al dente, topped with scallops, prawns, clams, cuttlefish and of course lobster. It would be impossible to fault this dish and I only wish I had been able to finish it.
Moving on to dessert, the Calvados baked apple was richer than expected, spiked so heavily with liqueur that you could probably get drunk on this alone. Paired with the slightly sharp green apple sorbet, however, a wonderful balance was achieved.
Apparently the most popular of all the desserts, and understandably so, is the hazelnut parfait. This wonderfully creamy dessert can only be described as heavenly. If I had to give up chocolate for the rest of my life, this dessert, with its nutty outer layer and wonderfully silky interior, would possibly make it just that little bit less torturous. The chunks of passion fruit-topped mango on the side were just a bonus (as were of course the inevitable petits fours!).
A meal such as this one, with only one cocktail each, would cost at least $2500 for two people. Yes, it’s expensive, but that is to be expected when presented with such high quality seafood that you would be hard pushed to find elsewhere in Hong Kong. For a civilised, delicious meal in an elegant setting, whilst enjoying lovely music (they even take requests!), I would definitely recommend a trip to the Lobster Bar and Grill. If you’re not a lobster fan, fear not, for apparently the steaks are also excellent, but then again it’s not called the “Steak Bar and Grill” now, is it…?!
Lobster Bar and Grill
6/F, Island Shangri-La
Supreme Court Road
Tel: +852 2820 8560