The restaurant - located one level down from the hotel lobby - featured an old-fashioned style decor with dark lacquer furniture, chairs in red upholstery, large crystal chandeliers, clothed round tables and silk wallpaper in a sizable, brightly-lit open dining area that could comfortably sit a hundred or so. It's more traditional in a sense as compared to many new ones which tend to go for more contemporary, western fine-dining restaurant style with dim lighting and all, but this still looked elegant and timeless.
The restaurant was quite full when we arrived - mainly with out-of-towners, people attending business functions with their suits and ties or high heels, and a few regulars who seem to be occupying the same table every day of the week. Menu was very much typical of any Chinese restaurants in town - with a few dozen dishes to choose from in appetizers, soups and delicacies, seafood, meat, vegetarian and rice and noodles sections. Cantonese style cooking formed the backbone of the a la carte menu, accompanied by a few well-known items from various regional cuisines. On the front page was a list of chef's recommendations based on seasonal ingredients.
The rest of our savory dishes arrived at almost around the same time - normally I would prefer they be served one by one but since we didn't order that many dishes for just the 4 of us it's not a huge problem. And they were all very good, which was what mattered anyway.
Overall I thought the meal was more than decent and very enjoyable. It's certainly not those mind-blowing meals with new ingredients or new way of cooking, but everything was done just right as the way it should be. Well, sure it's probably on the pricey side, like what you have expected from a Michelin-starred restaurant in one of the top hotels in town, but food was great, the portion was more than reasonable, service excellent and most importantly, we were well fed and left satisfied.
More pictures on my Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/g4gary/sets/72157652123252382/
When? April 23 2015
Where? Summer Palace, Island Shangri-la Hotel, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? Deep-fried Crispy Chicken