*please note, the dining room menu is not offered in Bar Shun
Wow, Bar Shun is such a gorgeous hidden Gem! Having already had the good fortune of dining at Shun and Le Jardinier (Chef Verzeroli has truly outdone himself), I couldn't wait to try Bar Shun. I took my boyfriend there for his birthday and we were both totally blown away. The soaring ceilings, velvet banquettes, gold detailing and candlelight might make it the most romantic date spot ever. We tried a number of delicious cocktails and bar bites - the standouts for us were the Zen Garden Martini (Roku Gin, Nori and Cilantro infused Sake garnished with a cocktail onion and pickled ginger) and Japanese Highball (Suntory Toki Blended Whiskey, Lemon, Qdrinks Club Soda). Both were very unique and unlike anything we'd tried before. For snacks, we had toasted ham & gruyere mini bread, spring onion panna cotta with caviar and a generous cheese plate. We can't recommend this sexy hideaway enough - but get in before the secret's out!
We decided to check out Bar Shun for a lighter bite and cocktails instead of the main dining room Shun. It was a great decision as we both loved the ambiance, the seating was spacious, the high ceilings and dramatic window treatment made the room feel so elegant and classy.
We had 2 cocktails, The Villain and Mata Hari, both were extremely tasty, beautiful and well crafted.
The server was professional, friendly and made good suggestions for us to try out the small bites on the menu but serve them in several courses, which was a great idea as we mingled and chatted while enjoying our food without feeling rushed.
We started with the Spring Onion Panna Cotta w/ Caviar, it was divine! Then we had the most amazing thin crispy shrimp gaufrette, it was unbelievable! Must try!
Smoked salmon with guac on endive was good but nothing to shout about, the codfish brandade croquette and mini ham & cheese were very well executed and great small bites to go with our drinks.
We had more room to try more food, so we decided to go for their cheese platter, and we get to try some amazing spread of bread made in house, they were all excellent!
When we said to each other that it was a bit cold with the AC, the server overheard us and quickly brought over a luxury box w/ pashmina selections for us to choose from, I have never had such personal touch, it made us feel so well taken care of, such a nice touch!
Lastly, desserts....too beautiful to eat but we had to! They were delicate, creative, beautiful presentation and delicious!
We left feeling satisfied, well pampered, spoilt, content and we will definitely be back very soon!!
We absolutely LOVED Bar Shun! It has a relaxed, upscale atmosphere without feeling overly pretentious. We ordered several items from the bar menu and really and truly, everything we had was outstanding. The Citron Presse is officially my new favorite cocktail. The service was excellent and the staff made our experience extra memorable. Can't wait to go back!