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Island Shangri-La Hong Kong to Host Guest Chefs from Azur in Beijing and Ministry of Crab in Sri Lanka

February 17, 2018 Dining No Comments Email Email

In March 2018, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong will present exclusive dining experiences to Hong Kong diners with two guest-chef events: Chef Daniel Smeenk from Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing’s award-winning French restaurant AZUR will visit Restaurant Petrus from 1 to 3 March 2018; while celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa from Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Crab, one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, will present a one-night-only crustacean dinner at Lobster Bar and Grill on 29 March 2018

With his guest appearance in Hong Kong, AZUR’s Chef de Cuisine Daniel Smeenk will reunite with Ricardo Chaneton, his counterpart at Restaurant Petrus and fellow alumnus who also worked with distinguished chef Mauro Colagreco at his Michelin two-starred restaurant, Mirazur, in Menton, France.  After working at Mirazur, Chef Smeenk joined the opening teams of Chef Colagreco’s establishments in China, which include Le Siècle at YIHE Mansions in Nanjing and, most recently, AZUR at Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing.

Chef Smeenk will present AZUR’s signature dishes, such as Marinated scallop with citrus yoghurt and Granny Smith apple, Wagyu short rib pastrami with red cabbage, cauliflower salad and Sichuan pepper jus, as well as Apple sponge cake with ginger custard at Restaurant Petrus during dinner on 1 March 2018, and both lunch and dinner on 2 and 3 March 2018.  Please refer to the appendixes for the full menus.

Sri Lanka’s renowned chef and restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa is best known for being the founder of Ministry of Crab along with other successful restaurants, as well as for his role in the popular TV series Culinary Journeys with Dharshan.

Chef Munidasa is of mixed Sri-Lankan and Japanese descent.  His first venture was the opening of Japanese restaurant Nihonbashi at Colombo in 1995.  Following its success, he founded Ministry of Crab – the first restaurant in Sri Lanka dedicated to serving the island’s export-quality lagoon crab and which has become the country’s most sought-after establishment since its opening in 2011.  Both restaurants have been the only Sri Lankan entries to be consecutively listed on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2015.

Chef Munidasa is known for his focus on high-quality fresh ingredients that he often pairs with Japanese cooking philosophies.  His hands-on involvement and his meticulous attention to details have ensured the consistently high standards of his restaurants.  Numerous accolades have been bestowed upon Chef Munidasa for his revolutionary contribution to Sri Lanka’s gastronomic landscape and Japanese culture.

For one night only on 29 March 2018, Chef Munidasa will present his signature dishes made with the freshest Sri Lankan seafood, such as King prawn bisque, Garlic chilli prawn and Pepper crab.  The exclusive six-course set menu priced at HK$920 (subject to a 10% service charge) per person will be available at Lobster Bar and Grill.  Please refer to the appendix for the full menu.

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