Shenzhen & Dongguang 2010 - Dinner at Capri Restaurant

Being managed by an International chain, Sheraton Dameisha is decidedly International in outlook. The all-day-dining cafe serves International food. There is a large Chinese restaurant, and a huge Italian Restaurant called Capri, occupying almost an entire mezzanine floor. The Chef is imported, and the menu looked interesting - so we decided to give it a try. It was completely empty except for our table.

We opted for the Set Dinner Menu which was listed as their special, but was told that one of the ingredients was not available and they could not serve the Set. After some quibble they finally agreed to serve the Dinner Set with a replacement for the missing ingredient. We had insisted on this as the Set Menu looked more interesting then what was on offer in the a la carte.

As it turned out, we didn’t even miss the missing ingredient and I can't even remember what it was that caused such a commotion. I secretly suspect that perhaps it was not the missing ingredient that was the problem, but maybe somebody in the kitchen wasn’t feeling up to the task ? Having said that, all the courses were very enjoyable.

Tomato bread was served before the dinner. It was good.

Then an amuse bouche - a polenta with tomato sauce and topped with a quartered hard-boiled egg. Very tasty.

Next came the Antipasto platter - prosciutto with melon, coppa, deep-fried calamari, tomato with mozzarella, olives, sauteed mushrooms, and big chunks of Parmesan cheese. This is Italian dining heaven ! And we are in China !

The lobster bisque was a bit watery and didn't have much taste.

Next came the classic Spaghetti a Fruti di Mare. Also another disappointment as the seafood was a bit lacklustre. The sauce was not bad.

The next course - Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Ravioli, was much better.

The main course - Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce, was as it should be. Tender and flavourful.

The meal was finished with a nice selection of desserts. Unfortunately they looked better then they tasted. As far as Western desserts are concern, they still have a way to go.

Unless you stick to the local roadside stalls or hole-in-the-wall eateries, eating well in China is no longer cheap. Prices have caught up with International standards, especially in the hotels - and sometimes surpass KL or Singapore. Our dinner for 5 persons came up to about RMB 1,500 including a bottle of wine - around RM 150 per person, which is about KL standards


Carla said…
This looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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