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Published on : Tuesday, December 3, 2013
In a country where few things are more important than food, the literal translation of Zhuo Yue Xuan as “excellent food” is sure to impress. Led by Hong Kong born veteran Chinese Executive Chef Tse Man, Zhuo Yue Xuan melds together contemporary flair and traditional Cantonese dining to produce what is poised to become Shenzhen’s favourite Cantonese restaurants.
Upon entering, be greeted by retro ceiling artwork made out of hundreds of pieces of crystal tubes illuminated that play off giant, inverted “rice bowls” hung from above. Choose to dine in the elegant open dining hall lined with contemporary Chinese brush paintings or one of the ten private dining rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful backdrop to a meal.
Zhuo Yue Xuan has an impressive menu of Cantonese favourites and updated classic dishes, all painstakingly made from scratch. “I don’t believe in shortcuts,” says Master Chef Tse. He says matter-of-factly, “You will never find powdered stock in my kitchen.” Tse has more than 40 years of experience strictly in Cantonese cuisine, accumulated across Hong Kong and Mainland China, including two stints at the famed Fook Lam Moon Group.
Both a la carte and set menu options are available for lunch and dinner. The a la carte menu is presented in the traditional Cantonese way, with categories of barbeque appetizers, soups and broths, seafood, meat, rice and noodles, desserts and more. A lengthy list of bird’s nest soups and broths is a menu highlight; done in a variety of ways, each dish require hours of preparation and needs to be constantly watched. Other signature items include a nourishing stir-fried wintermelon with milk and egg white; fried sliced Australian abalone with Chinese chives cooked until just tender; as well as the must-have Cantonese dish of barbecued pork with honey. The comforting, well-executed dishes and sincere service will compel guests to return time and again.
There are three choices for the six course set lunch menu that highlight a number of Zhuo Yue Xuan’s signature items. Every set comes with chef’s dim sum selection, an appetizer, soup, fish or meat dish, rice or noodle dish, and finishes with petit fours. Dinner is a more elaborate affair with two eight course set menus to choose from. Dinner selections are more indulgent and include an additional vegetable dish and dessert. These menus facilitate easy ordering, especially for big groups and are an ideal choice for family gatherings and business meals.
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