From my table on the 95th floor of the KK100, I can just about see all of Shenzhen. I understand now why people say that Social has the best dining view in the city. Yet there is plenty more to enjoy about the all-day dining restaurant at The St. Regis Shenzhen in Luohu.
That evening we had come to sample The St. Regis’ Russian Gourmet Festival. The hotel had invited three of the top chefs in Moscow to showcase the finest that Russian cuisine had to offer. Coming all the way from The St. Regis Moscow were Executive Sous Chef Alexey Smakhtalin, Junior Pastry Sous Chef Alexander Soin, and Sous Chef Dmitriy Golubev.
Together they provided Shenzhen with a unique opportunity to sample a cuisine that is rarely available in the city. From cured and pickled meats to delicate and delectable pastries, the guest chefs promised to indulge guests with their modern interpretation of Russian cuisine whilst staying loyal to the core principles of the time-honored classics.
Throughout the meal, we were treated to a sumptuous cross-section of Russian cuisine by the three chefs. No showcase of Russian cuisine could be said to be quite complete without the presence of Chicken Kiev. With tender chicken and delicate breadcrumbs, the breaded chicken fillet has rarely tasted this exquisite. Just when I thought I had sampled all that was on offer, I was presented with a Pork Stuffed Pig Bread. This playful little pastry comes in the guise of a little pig including a little snout and pair of ears. This Russian specialty is every bit delicious as it is cute.
Yet to say the evening was solely about the Russian dishes would be to do Social a great disservice. In fact, the food festival made up but a small portion of the culinary delights on offer.
While Social offers a DIY salad bar to appease even the most discerning healthy eaters, you would be forgiven to skip it altogether once you spied the sushi and sashimi on offer. Boasting the freshest cuts from the sea, it is one of the most popular food stations at Social and, having sampled the salmon and tuna, it is understandably so.
Next waiting for you is a real culinary treat in the form of Social’s renowned seafood bazaar. The station is truly a shellfish lover’s dream complete with Australian oysters on ice, steamed prawns, crab, and Alaskan king crab leg. You will find them perfectly paired with enough sauces to satisfy the most discerning of palates.
Next is a little something that I can’t say I’ve seen elsewhere in the city’s illustrious hotel restaurants. Social has a spinning Shawarma machine where you can enjoy pita wraps dripping with delicious meats and vegetable fillings. The vertical spit is a particular highlight in an already stellar buffet experience.
It’s not only the Shawarma machine that catches the eye. In the corner of the buffet, diners can find a traditional oven where Beijing Peking Duck is prepared. Cooked live in front of guests, the duck is then wrapped in a freshly steamed pancake with scallions, cucumber, and homemade Tian Mian sauce.
The Beijing Duck Rolls are just one of many authentically recreated traditional Chinese dishes. Diners can also enjoy Ma La Tang, the iconic hot pot broth. With a choice between the fiery Sichuan style and the more savory Guangdong broth, there is something for everyone’s tastes. Once you’ve chosen your soup base, you can then customize your hot pot from a choice of over 20 different meats, fish, shellfish, and vegetables.
If by some miracle you’ve managed to resist temptation and save some room for dessert, then you will be richly rewarded. Diners can choose from a selection of chocolate and cheesecakes to a wide array of flavors of Movenpick ice cream.
The choices on offer are quite simply overwhelming in the best, most mouthwatering way possible.
Yet what really makes Social stand out as a dining experience is the details. From the Beijing Duck Oven to the attentive staff there to refill your glass.From the Shawarma Stand to the charming and helpful Restaurant & Bar manager hailing from Ireland.
Social at St. Regis is a truly unmissable dining experience in Shenzhen. Come for the panoramic view. Stay for the world-class cuisine.
Buffet Lunch: Weekday: RMB418 +10% +6%, Weekend: RMB508 +10% +6%
Buffet Dinner: Weekday: RMB558 +10% +6%, Weekend: RMB628 +10% +6%
Address: 95TH Floor, The St. Regis Shenzhen, No. 5016, Shennan Road East,Luohu District, Shenzhen (深圳市罗湖区深南东路5016号深圳瑞吉酒店)
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