Wednesday, July 5, 2017

East Lake Chinese Restaurant @ Geno Hotel, Shah Alam

One of Shah Alam's best-kept secrets for elegant Chinese fare with eclectic flourishes, East Lake offers a serene setting for sumptuous banquet-style feasts, nestled within Geno Hotel, open for a year in a predominantly suburban enclave. The restaurant also strives to be an ideal venue for wedding dinners, catering to 150 persons with a stage setting by reservation.

Go with the chef's recommendations: The juicy-baked minced fish paste with crispy chicken skin & almond flakes is our favourite order here, served in the charming fashion of a Japanese hand roll with century eggs, chillies & ginger, combined with egg pancakes for a playful, pleasurable wrap that promises plenty of taste & texture in each mouthful. RM18 per person; order requires one day's advance booking.

Placing the spotlight even more firmly on chicken & ginger, this deep-fried duet of both components should placate patrons craving a savoury crunch. Once again, the presentation is painstakingly lovely, making for a memorably golden-hued platter. RM40 for half a chicken, RM80 for whole.

Moving on to fish, try the tilapia, fresh & flaky, in a potently sweet, soothingly rich rice wine broth with fungus (seasonal price, currently RM9 per 100 grams) ...

... & for contrast, the substantial-sized tiger grouper prepared in two styles, fried & doused in mildly spicy gravy that belies its fiery redness, as well as steamed with mushrooms, both turns impeccably executed to make excellent use of the entire fish (seasonal price; currently RM190 for 1 kilogram).

Our whole table loved the giant freshwater prawn in soy sauce (served individually), with its thick, luscious flesh & a head dripping with coveted roe. Absolutely indulgent, certain to prompt a round of finger-licking. Seasonal price; currently RM13 per 100 grams).

End with a slick serving of noodles made delectably earthy with mushrooms & black truffle paste (small RM24; medium RM36; large RM48), followed by a can't-fail tofu dessert (RM5 per bowl). We were happily surprised by the calibre of cooking for a destination this discreet; thanks to East Lake for having us.

East Lake Chinese Restaurant
First Floor, Geno Hotel, Jalan Subang Mas, Taman Subang Mas, Shah Alam, Selangor. 
Open daily for lunch & dinner. Hotel Tel: 03-5033-6666

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  1. I have bookmarked this place as I like their delicious looking food presentation and can't-fail tofu dessert! I am sure Empress Dowager would love them all.

    This is indeed a well hidden secrets in Shah Alam as its existence surprised me.
    The name East Lake itself sounds majestic with grandeur like the beautiful scenic lakes in Wuhan and Hubei.

    1. Twilight Man: yeah, the name definitely conjures up an impression of classical chinese opulence ... try the fish in rice wine broth, a nice change from the chicken usually seen in this dish :)

  2. The decor, furnishings...all don't look very Chinese. Very classy though, real table cloth! Love the curtains!

    1. Suituapui: i guess it's a good example of the stylistic direction that modern hotel-based chinese restaurants in the klang valley are moving toward! :D

  3. Very posh, this! I like everything that I see. But this will have to wait for someone to treat me hee..hee..

    1. Phong Hong: or the next time you find yourself near this area of shah alam / subang! :D