A week ago, I finally got to go to a restaurant I had been absolutely DYING to visit for a while: Bai Sheng restaurant at Grand Palm Resort. Why had I been itching to go? Well it’s a Chinese restaurant (though the sign at their doorway says “Asian cuisine”) and anyone that knows me knows my obsession with anything Asian related.
It is a stunning place and a pure pleasure to the eyes decorated in true Chinese style with everything being red accented by wooden tables and chairs. Red, black, gold and brown are the principle colours and everything seems steeped in luxury. It’s one of those establishments you walk into expecting to drop a couple of gold coins from your wallet. And as such you also expect impeccable service and amazing food. Grand Palm Resort is a 5 star hotel itself so one would should nothing less from it’s restaurants.
According to the profile given on the Grand Palm website the Bai Sheng kitchen “has been designed specifically for the production of authentic Chinese food – a lot of care and research has gone into creating a menu which offers guests fine dining Chinese cuisine. Executive Chef Wang, who hails from North China, has worked at The Grand Palm for some time managing the Chinese specials on the buffet at the renowned Mokolwane Bistro and was recently promoted to manage the kitchen at Bai Sheng. He heads up a contingent of excellent five-star service staff, who have all been trained to handle the 78 dish menu.” They certainly seemed to have all their ducks in a row so I was quite excited.
My acquaintances and I had opted for a private room where they had tables that seat up to 10 people. We had also chosen a fixed menu buffet style dinner rather than ordering separately. Of course if you want to eat in a private room it is advisable to book in advance in case it’s a busy night. The lady I spoke to when making the booking was incredibly friendly and professional. We communicated via email when deciding on the menu. They offer 9 different set menus that are all 3 courses (starter, main and dessert) and they vary in terms of price per head depending on the number of dishes. The cheapest menu is 170 pula per head while the most expensive is 245 pula per head. They advise guests to pick this option when coming in large groups because it allows the kitchen to prepare ahead of time and therefore service will be faster.
Our menu had the following:
SET MENU 7
- Norwegian salmon
- Chicken spring rolls
- Vegetable dumplings
- Sour and hot seafood soup
- Beijing duck
- Sweet and sour prawn
- Fresh calamari sticks
- Beef and black bean sauce
- Stir-fried lamb
- Stir-fried Chinese vegetable
- Fried chicken and noodles
- Egg fried rice
- Fresh fruit salad and ice cream
Total cost was 216 per person. Pricey? Yes, quite. But the menu looked good so we were willing!
When we arrived we were greeted at the door and showed to the private room which is located in the back of the restaurant. One doesn’t have to enter through the main door to get to the rooms though you can. Given that we never went into the main restaurant I didn’t have the opportunity to take pictures of it but the Bai Sheng Facebook page has that covered!
We had intended to be 10 however some of our friends could not make it so we ended up being 7 people. Two of our group opted to order separately so only 5 were eating from the set menu. We had 2 waiters assigned to us and they took very good care of us. They were enthusiastic, friendly and knew exactly what they were serving us which is refreshing!
We were given a pot of complimentary green tea while we decided on our drinks. They have an impressive wine menu but their cocktail menu is unfortunately quite limited. The starters were very light and had us eagerly anticipating the main course. The main course did not disappoint! There was quite a lot of food which we actually failed to finish so most ended up being doggy bagged.
Now was the food worth it? It is very well prepared, not visibly oily which I really appreciate! The other Chinese restaurants in Gaborone tend to make very unhealthy looking food. It tasted great; all the authentic flavors were there and the presentation was beautiful. My one problem with the restaurant food wise is that it’s Halaal which means no pork. No pork in a Chinese restaurant is such a strange concept to me but they have a few interesting dishes to distract you.
Of course one will not always eat from a set menu but for our group it was the easiest way to experience a variety of dishes at once. On their regular menu the pricing is not too extreme, you won’t pay too much more than you pay at any other upmarket restaurant. The items that are pricey are the seafood dishes but again, we’re in a land locked country so that is to be expected.
Overall it was a great experience and well worth the money! If you’re looking for a classy luxurious place to dine, Bai Sheng is definitely a great option.
For bookings or more information go to their Facebook page or call them on 363 7766.