Cafe Kool – Kowloon Shangri-la


Too Kool for Kowloon

Who said hotel dining couldn’t be fun? Any restaurant that can boast six kitchens, a plethora of chefs running around to do your bidding and a metre-tall fountain pumping out real liquid chocolate has got to be worth checking out, even if it is hedonistic. Am I right?

Another great gimmick at Café Kool are the plasma TV screens in the two private dining rooms. You can actually change the channel to view the kitchen staff prepare your meal! But like I said it’s a gimmick, and if you really want to know how your food is being cooked, all you have to do is present your plate to a member of their staff  whom all wear Adidas sports shoes and they’ll whip a pasta dish, a selection of sushi or an Indian delicacy!

So, anyway, if you’re familiar with Kool’s equally cool sister Café TOO, you’ll know it’s no ordinary buffet. OK, so you get your usual salad counter and seafood station, but you also get some pretty special stuff over at the Asian and Western kitchen not to mention Déli Kool if you want take out. Prawns are taken fresh from bubble tanks, Indian breads arrive from huge copper tandoors, and a one-and-a half-metre tall clay pot produces some magnificent traditional Chinese tonic soups. Basically, if you have ever read a review about a buffet before and they tell you ‘there’s something for everyone’, don’t believe it until you try Kool.

Elsewhere in the hotel, Japanese outlet Nadaman is quite frankly it’s stunning. If you can get a group together, either friends or preferably colleagues (that way the boss pays), book out one of the private rooms – you are in for a treat!

Café Kool
Mezzanine Level, Kowloon Shangri-La
64 Mody Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2733 8753
Website: www.shangri-la.com

Written by AK