KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Saturday Night Vibes is KL’s latest dining scene, and for good reason. If you’ve ever walked through Feast Village and wondered what to eat, now’s your change to try it all.
From oysters to sashimi, steak to risotto, Shook! serves them all up every Saturday night. Your main concern will be how you’re going to take advantage of this, and for that the liberal doses of alcohol have you covered.
Saturday Night Vibes
The first thing that you notice as you enter the Shook! dining area is the ambience. Located on the lower ground floor of Starhill Gallery the setting is spacious, airy and ideal for those of us who love to indulge their inner voyeur with a little people watching as they dine.
This is a big part of the basic concept of Saturday Night Vibes; which is attempting to provide guests with a well-curated and eclectic mix of live performances to breathe some life into what is at its core, a showcase of food we may all have already experienced.
Offering a different headline performer every week from the 5th of August until the 30th of December, the venue also provides a number of roving performers to keep guests entertained.
As well as the performers, the wait staff flit between tables providing diners with a selection of dishes prepared by the kitchens in the surrounding restaurants of Feast Village, as well as Shook!’s own signature offerings.
Armed with the excellent Aperol Spritz (or Slush depending on your mood) on arrival, we set about to tackle the full spread on offer.
As mentioned, you would be remiss to skip out on the cocktails. In fact, if you’re just after drinks, you could do worse than the free flow of selected cocktails, beer, and wine at RM88 (USD20.90).
It does help that they’re very liberal with the alcohol content in these cocktails. We’re huge fans, and would like to make particular mention of the Mango Magarita.
While overall excellent; with the spread being a mix of pre-prepped fare and freshly prepared dishes, the real stars of the show were the specialty dishes provided by the aforementioned wait staff.
Definitely resist the urge to load up at the buffet at least until you have sampled the Snow White Dancing Prawns (Shook!) and the King Prawn Noodles (Luk Yu Tea House) at their peak freshness.
The buffet itself is no slouch. It’s tough to choose a station to attack first, and there is no definite standout dish. Although, the Lobster Risotto which was just as awesome and full of flavor as it sounds was worthy of seconds. It doesn’t hurt that they upped the ante with a Cheese Wheel, either.
You’ll be able to get your fix of seafood in copious quantities at Saturday Night Vibes. From fresh to cheese-baked oysters, to fat, juicy prawns in any manner imaginable. There’s even an array of sashimi and pan-seared tuna.However, we’d skip the salads to keep space for the melt-in-your-mouth cuts of meat.
Pick your cut, and they’ll prepare the Wagyu Beef Cheeks and Teppan Style Beef for you. We’d happily go back just to gorge on meat and cocktails.
The lamb rack is carved on demand, and worth keeping your appetite intact for, as well.
We mentioned we’d skip the salad, but the exception to this is the Caprese Salad.
Creamy mozzarella in a plump tomato, topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It’s simplicity at its best, but when executed right, you get this morsel of perfection. Not to be skipped.
The desserts are on the less exciting side of the spectrum, but we thoroughly enjoyed the crepes and dark chocolate cookies.
There’s also the option of a cheese platter, and an array of bread to end the meal off with if that’s more your speed.
While the individual components are hardly unique or groundbreaking; and more often than not live music with dinner tends to run the line between distracting and disastrous, the team at Shook! managed to pull it all together. It’s an experience which should satisfy everyone, be they the solo curmudgeon or a more social species of butterfly.
As an aside, we wholeheartedly recommend that you opt for the full package, that includes cocktails, in order to make the most of the night. Although if you don’t drink, you can indulge in the buffet for just RM168 (USD40).
For more pictures of what’s on offer, check out the pictures in the gallery below:
Saturday Night Vibes takes place from 7-10:30 pm every Saturday night. Live performances and Happy Hour (1-for-1) start at 9:30pm.
We were guests at Shook! for this review, but that in no way influences the opinions expressed here.