Shambala has a lot to offer. Incredible view, exquisite food, great service, pleasing decor. We had a wonderful dinner, Fabrice was a brilliant waiter. We started out with morille raviolis and an "assiette de charcuterie". Both were of the highest quality. It should be noted that this place definitely chooses quality over quantity. They probably have to privately import some of the ingredients they use, so this has an effect on the portions and the price tag. If you have been working up a "vegas buffet" appetite, this may not be your best option.
My wife had a mahi-mahi tartare, my son chose the tuna tataki, and I had the langosta fricassee. Lovely, well prepared and well presented. The langosta comes with a champagne based sauce which tastes like bisque, a memorable treat. Fabrice had told us beforehand that the tuna tataki was a small portion, but my 17 year old feels it was OK, considering he had an appetizer and a dessert to surround that.
Only thing that needs improvement to meet my expectations: the wine list. Way too many bottles over the 100$ mark, and just a few reds under 40$ (one of which, my first choice, was out of stock). I'm fine with seeing a Petrus at 4 000$ on the list, as long as there are also reds under 40$. I love wine, and living in Quebec I'm used to paying inflated prices for wine, but I expect to find half a dozen good quality reds on any wine list for under 40$, and 90% of the time I do. I ended up making a bad choice as far as food/wine pairing is concerned, and that's too bad. It should be noted that I did not ask Fabrice for his advice. He probably would have saved the day for me.
A special note on the music. I'm not a big fan of music in restaurants, but I must say Shambala had great lounge music that night, played just at the right volume, and I found myself Shazaming through the whole meal.
All in all a very pleasant experience, highly recommended for a special occasion.
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