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Thai Festival of Lights Sparkles with Flavour at Lemon Garden, Shangri La Hotel, KL

Thai Festival of Lights Sparkles with Flavour at Lemon Garden, Shangri La Hotel, KL

Come and celebrate Loy Krathong, the Thai Festival of Lights, at Lemon Garden, Shangri La Hotel, KL and bedazzled with an array of spectacular colours and flavours. Running from 7 – 17 November, Lemon Garden has collaborated with Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai, to bring Sous Chef Mr. Chainarin Langkeng to KL.  His cuisine has been described as ‘modern presentations with traditional Thai flavours.”

The buffet at Lemon Garden is well known for its scrumptious variety and tastes, such as fresh oysters, shellfish and sushi, as well as savoury Malay, Chinese and Italian dishes.  This celebration adds traditional Thai food to spice up the mix.


 Yum Mamuang


There were some of my favorite Thai dishes in the buffet, including Yum Mamuang (green mango salad with shallot and dried shrimp), Kaeng Khiew Warn Gai (green curry with chicken and eggplant), Phad Thai Goong (stir-fried noodle with tamarind sauce) and of course, Tom Yam Pla (spicy fish soup).   While the Yum Mamuang was quite spicy, many of the dishes, including the Tom Yam, were less spicy than what I’m used to, perhaps to accommodate a variety of palates.

A few other favourites for us in this special buffet were the Hor Mok Talay (steam seafood cake), the Kaeng Massaman Nue (braised beef with Massaman curry) and Pad Kra Pow Nue (stir-fried beef with basil).    All of these were quite tasty, and the beef with basil also packed a spicy punch.

 Fresh seafood


The fresh oysters are a particular favourite among guests at the Lemon Garden buffet, and with this special celebration, there are a number of spicy, tangy sauces that you can add to give the oysters a festive Thai kick.

An interesting note is the fruit carving station, where guests can admire the beautiful, handcrafted flowers carved out of fruits like watermelon and papaya.  It is quite amazing to see how the fruits are transformed by nimble fingers and a carving knife.




Of course, the desserts are not to be missed.  There is the usual array of mini-cakes such as crème brulle, cream puffs and fruit tarts, as well as the famous chocolate fountain and ice cream bar.  Thai delights include Sang Ka Ya Fak Thong (steam pumpkin custard) and Thai Tea Panna Cotta.


 Thai Tea Panna Cotta


In addition to enjoying the gastronomic experience, guests who dine at Lemon Garden during the Loy Krathong Festival period will stand a chance to win a return trip to Chiang Mai via Thai Airways and also a two-night stay at Shangri-La Chiang Mai.   

While the buffet can be pricey (it runs from RM140 nett (adult) on weekdays up to RM180 nett (adult) on Sundays), the Thai taste sensation, plus the chance to win a trip to Chiang Mai, makes it all the more palatable. To make a reservation contact +603 2074 3900 /Ext 1358 or

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