Back in the day when Shangri-la KL still sold their privilege card, me being the eternal romantic (choke) would regularly patronize the F&B outlets with the wifey, because it's one person eats free with that card, and really, where ELSE in KL would you find a fabulous prime rib at such a price. Alas, the Shang has since discontinued that card program, much to my surprise, actually, as quite a number of other hotels still have theirs.
Anyway, fast forward, and what a lovely start to 2017, to receive an invite from Makan Fairygodmother (Marian Eu Hooi Khaw, established Food Writer amongst other credentials), hereafter referred to as MFG, to dine at Arthur's Pub. I'm no stranger to the place of course, and my whole family are regular customers there, in fact, my parents are almost part of the furniture, dining there in one outlet or another every week. The night before the review, my dad and nephew were dining at Arthur's Pub as well.
Which is why I was delighted to revisit the place, which I personally haven't been since they discontinued the privilege card, not because #iamacheapskate, but because I felt obliged to use the other loyalty cards in my possession to get more bang for the buck. I was pleasantly surprised, and honored to be the only guest MFG had invited, together with the Shang Art director, Daniel Lau. And it turned out to be a lovely evening with fabulous food and company.
Arthur's Bar & Grill is a lovely setting, and I don't know if it's because it's age appropriate for me, but I find the ambience exceedingly cosy, and elegant but yet casual. Their menu is very extensive, and well, it is called Arthur's Bar and Grill, so it does have the best of both, bar food snacks and a proper menu. The signature deep fried octopus with Thai chilli dip (RM28) screams out for a beer, which I of course had.
Whilst eating, I regaled MFG and Daniel about the good old days, when Arthur's was known as THE PUB, and how my friends and I used to play board games at the upstairs area from the bar. Boy, the Shang and I go back a long way. We reminisced about the Gourmet Corner, etc etc....
In addition to the Prime Rib, there's also the usual Wagyu Rib Eye, (RM260/300gm), Black Cod Fillet (my wife's favourite, RM140) and even Grilled Boston Lobster (RM290).
The classic Creme Brulee dessert, one of the largest servings I've ever seen...usually it's just a ramekin. Aromatic silky custard with vanilla bean flavour.
Arthur's also has a live band on Friday nights from 6.45pm to 10.15 pm. And (the most important info for me), there is happy hour daily from 5-8pm, where:
6 bottles of Carlsberg or Tiger, in a bucket for RM88 nett.
Asahi at RM24 nett
Beer in Tower at RM140 nett (Carlsberg or Tiger)
House wine by glass, buy one one free
Selected cocktails by carafe at RM65 nett.
Operating hours are
Mon - Thurs, 12noon -1am
Fri & Eve of Public Hols 12 noon - 2am
Saturday 5pm- 2am
Sunday and Public Hols : 5pm - 12 midnight.
Kids below 18 are not permitted after 5pm.
For reservations, call 03-20743900
or visit their website at www.shangri-la-specials.com