Restaurant Lafite, Kuala Lumpur
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail
Tel: 60 3 2074 3900
Concierge.com's insider take:
Guests at this swank eatery in the Shangri-La have included Al Gore, Nancy Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher. Inside, you feel as if you're in Manhattan, and no wonder—the interior is the work of Adam Tihany, also responsible for Le Cirque. Dark marble columns flank a circular dining area surrounded by floor-to-ceiling ivory-and-gold curtains. In the center, water catches the light as it falls from the ceiling into a green-glass culvert. The cuisine is contemporary French with Asian twists, such as lamb cappuccino, served with a single stroke of praline purée, flavored with a coffee sauce, and garnished with milk foam and thyme (vegetarian options are available), and there's an extensive selection of wines and cigars.
Open Mondays through Fridays 12 to 12:30 pm and 7 to 10:30 pm; Saturdays 7 to 10:30 pm.