First time stepping foot into Mandarin Grill is certainly another new level of experience for me, as always the main entrance projects me the impression that they are serving buffet line, neither did I know its actually a contemporary restaurant. Not only that, with chances of being here along with few others are totally slim. Mandarin Oriental is known for its award winning owner and operator, therefore Mandarin Grill is something I am looking up at.
Many of foodies like us we surely heard about Michelin star restaurant, which is a fine dine exclusive restaurant that maintain its quality all year long. There are none in Malaysia. Guess what, now Mandarin Grill is getting an exclusive chef with experience in cooking 2-Michelin star restaurant is the new chef heading the kitchen as Chef de Cuisine is Chef Reto Weber.
There are 2 sections in this restaurant as, in this section you will be pamper with comfy mini bar counter and some sofa seating right at the window over look KLCC with a huge piano in front.
Skipping that, you will reach a huge glass room that store with lots of good wine. .
And here we are, the main dining area . .
Looking at the menu tonight, I am thrilled!
with great food, certainly wine is a great companion . .
I love buns and these are amazing Crispy Buns with Salted Butter and Cream Cheese With Fried Shallots. I had these whole plate by myself with huge spread of butter and cream cheese, that is made fresh from oven, serve with 3 types.
Kicking off with appetizer Black Angus Beef Carpaccio – sauteed wood mushroom with paramesan and pesto @ RM 70
Pan Seared River Prawns – Spring vegetable salad with paprika dressing, something light that makes your taste bud starts going.
Looking at the menu, I instantly lock this down for my mains 12 hours braised pure Angus Beef Short Ribs – morel mushroom with kohlrabi and potato puree @ RM 135
I look down on this slab of meat that I thought I would not be filled and it proves me wrong. Braised to perfection that the meat is soft, tender and moist. I pair it with potato purree and it taste awesome along with a sip of wine. Something that you must not miss if you are here, some people do not prefer it and if you are a fan of Angus steak then should give it a try.
At first I thought this Halibut Saltimbocca is fish, then looking back at the menu only realize its smoked duck, sage, braised lentils , saffron jus @ RM 148
Another amazing dish is Organic Lamb two ways – Loin, tortellini, celeriac puree, Balinese pepper sauce. Cook medium rare that you can see the blood still oozing out from the meat and sauce added on top is just aromatic. @ RM 165
Many of other diners are aiming for this desert, as those are some regular in here and its a must have according to them. Granny Smith Apple Tart – Creme France Ice Cream. It was cook to precision that the crust is slight crispy and apple is very flavourful and you must eat along with ice cream to make it more perfect, yet to me its still too sweet as I myself cant take too sweet item. The rest are just enjoy to the max with this desert.
Dark Chocolate Sphere – Yogurt sorbet, almond crumble and passion fruit
Many girls would have their hands on this sphere, filled with dark chocolate, serving along with the sphere which is hard then pour along with hot dark chocolate puree to make a hole, that the chocolate will mix with almond crumble.
Chef Reine came out to greet all of us.
More about chef Reto Weber, A Swiss born, grew up in Davos, the country side of the Swiss Alps. As a chef who work at a 2 Michelin Star restaurant, Walserhof as a Commis and subsequently promoted to Demi Chef de Partie. While at Walserhof, inspired by the Exec Chef who was passionate about fresh quality products and perfection in every dish. His vast experience that he travelled to various countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia along with his memorable experience on his 3 year stint in Dubai with the opening of two 5-star hotels including the world’s first Armani Hotel design by Giorgio Armani. He is part of the pre-opening team of the world’s highest restaurant that located in 122nd floor in Burj Khalifa.
A great chef like him along with his vast experience and 2-star michelin restaurant is something to look forward for in food. For nice food hunting that willing to dig a bit more on your wallet, certainly this is one of the restaurant to hunt for!
The starters and soups selection are priced from RM32++ to RM180++ while main courses are between RM68++ to RM285++ per dish. Desserts are priced from RM18++ to RM56++ per order.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
(next building to KLCC)
Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur,
12pm to 2.30pm for lunch
7pm to 10.30pm for dinner.
email: [email protected].