Without their soon-to-be-installed Alberni Street entrance, Shangri-La’s new Asian-inspired lounge, Xi Shi (pronounced ‘shee shee’), is somewhat hidden to passersby. All the better for someone like me, Kindle in hand, looking for a quiet spot to enjoy a quality meal.
Its impeccable interior — complete with seriously comfortable leather dining chairs — was a fitting setting for a lavish lunch created by chef Wayne Harris and his team: a towering, double patty burger with thick, sizzling hot french fries.
Melting on beef patty number one: an oozing slab of mild mozzarella and four, wonderfully fragrant roasted garlic cloves — another reason to dine alone! A thin baked Parmesan wafer added sharpness to the creation, which was built on a warm, white bun.
Though somewhat of a challenge, Xi Shi’s burger is packed with flavor and worth the mess.
Xi Shi Lounge at Shangri-La
1128 West Georgia St.
This article was written for Metro Newspaper by contributing food columnist, Erin Ireland.