Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Delightful buffet @ Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental KL

Malaysians are a buffet-loving bunch, hence it is common to see all types of buffets be it Japanese, International or Asian in hotels or standalone restaurants. In my opinion, the best International buffet in town can be found at Mosaic in Mandarin Oriental KL

This year, we were quite fortunate and managed to win 4 complimentary dining vouchers for Mosaic from 2 different lucky draws :) Hence when my mum's birthday arrived, we decided to put the vouchers to good use. 

Elegant restaurant



Mosaic is almost always fully booked. We tried booking on 2 other ocassions (last minute) and couldn't get a table, hence the next time I booked one week in advance. You can book via email or phone and will get a confirmation email reply quite quickly.

We arrived early, so I managed to snap nice, untouched food photos but the restaurant filled up fairly quickly. Service remained attentive throughout the night, our plates were cleared promptly and our glasses were filled with water. And when they saw our kids with us, they brought out cute cutlery sets for them (little things like this makes my kids happy).

Most of the food here is prepared at live cooking stations hence food quality is good. Our favourite were the grill station - the lamb chops were simply delectable and we kept going back for more! For your steaks, you could even request the doneness that you want. Baby D loved the noodles station and he had two plates of meehoon. The kids also enjoyed the noodle soup with fishballs.

As for the adults, we tried a little bit of everything - Indian, Malay and Japanese, all very good. There wasn't anything that we ate here that wasn't up to par. The salmon sashimi in particular was one of my favorite items of the evening as it was fresh and quite fatty hence was smooth in texture. The Japanese food was very popular with other diners, but I was happy to see that it kept getting replenished so I could get as much fresh sashimi as I liked.

Noodles station



Malay food


Lots of grill items to choose from - we liked the lamb chops, fish, beef and prawn skewers



Satay and pizza


Roast chicken


Salads


My favorite section - Japanese!



Salmon sushi


Raw oysters



Nice fatty salmon sashimi


A little bit of everything


Noodles soup for the kids


Beef done medium rare


Grilled prawn skewers, and lamb chops


Baby D loves the meehoon!


Hurray.. it's time for desserts!


The desserts are showcased in some glass cases, all sitting pretty in rows. I spotted the macarons as soon as I walked into the restaurant. I love the macarons from Mandarin Oriental so this is my chance to eat as many as I like. In the first round, we tried the orange macaron and we all loved it - nice flavour and texture. Next, we tried the calamansi which was also very nice. The strawberry cheesecake was also memorable - smooth and rich. We tried so many desserts that evening, let's just say we ended our night on a very sweet note.

Orange macaron


Strawberry cheesecake

Baby C enjoying her desserts


Nice baklava


Who wants the last macaron?


Nice green tea ice cream

Calamansi macaron


Nuts about nuts


Chocolate fountain


Silky smooth panna cotta


Fresh fruits


Happy kid :)


Cheese selection



Here are some cakes from Mandarin Cake Shop/ Lounge on the Park (wanted to share the photos since they look so pretty!):











Verdict: Both service and food quality here is good, I expected no less from Mandarin Oriental :) Our favorites were the lamb chops, Indian/Malay food, Japanese and of course desserts!

Full set of photos can be viewed here on my Facebook page.

Opening times: 12pm - 2.30pm (lunch) and 6.30pm - 10.30pm (dinner).

Price: Lunch is priced at RM88++ per person while dinner is at RM108++ per person (Sunday to Thursday) and RM128++ per person (Friday and Saturday).

Location: Mosaic, Lobby Level, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2179 8881

GPS Coordinates: 3.15568, 101.7120

Website: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/kualalumpur/dining/restaurants/mosaic/

*You can read our hotel review here.

44 comments:

  1. The place is elegant, the food is good, and everyone is so happy and having fun. Your post makes my heart sing ;D Thanks!

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    1. Oh, you're very welcome. Happy to put a smile on yr face :)

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  2. The buffet dinner is one of the best in town for sure. I love the macarons... yum yum yum.

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    1. Hahahahah the macarons is the best la!

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  3. Calamansi Macaron? That's the first time I've ever seen that flavor in a Macaron :)

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    1. If you're in KL, you should try the macarons from Mandarin Cake Shop - it's very good. The excecutive pastry chef always comes up with interesting flavours. My fav is the hazelnut.

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    1. There sure is a lot of yummy food to be had in MO!

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  5. Last macaron? They do not refill? Lovely classy place, food looks great and price is cheaper than some not-so-impressive places even! Thumbs up! The desserts are absolutely killing... Drool! Drool!

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    1. I should say last macaron before we went for the next helping! LOL.

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  6. I also think that MO has one of the best intercontinental buffet! The dessert bar always overwhelmed me. =)

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    1. I love the dessert bar too... I could sit there all night and just have the desserts!

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  7. The one and only hotel buffet I m interested in...partly to the decor, the live cooking stations and the focused good food =)

    Baby C looks so happy in the Happy Kid photo...hehe :)

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    1. Happy to see her favorite macarons :)

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  8. Your daughter is so pretty! Your photos are making me drool, feel like I need to rush off to find a buffet for lunch :)Mich@Piece of Cake

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    1. Aww thanks for the compliment! She smiles when she sees the food that she likes ie in this case desserts!!

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  9. I always start my buffet with sashimi and oyster!
    Last time we used to bring our client to MO for their buffet lunch, but getting lesser and lesser now. :(

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    1. Me too, I skip the salads and such and go straight for the sashimi. The salmon sashimi here is very fresh and fatty, I like.

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  10. its just pure joy to see photos of your kids enjoying their food! I m still working on my little one... =D

    desserts and grilled meats looked fab!!

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    1. Is your little one a fussy eater? I'm blessed that mine eats almost anything (as long as it's yummy), they also avoid bland tasteless food!

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  11. It's so hard to find buffet with good quality, so thank you for sharing this place!

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    1. The food quality here is good cos of the live cooking stations, the food is not left out to dry and get cold with the harsh air-conditioning.

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  12. ooh, usually i'd avoid macarons at buffets, cos they'd be the not-particularly-good ones, dry and hard. but i'm pretty impressed that mandarin oriental offers its top-grade macarons for the buffet! a real incentive to go! :D

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    1. Hahaha I know what you mean, I went to some other buffets before (let's not shame them) and the macarons were horrible, too crunchy and too sweet. The macarons here are the same high standards are the ones you get from Mandarin Cake Shop, so I deduced that if I ate 10 macarons, it would already be worth RM50+!

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  13. Hee, hee! Good to see your getting a chance to use some of your winnings!

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    1. Heheheh I managed to use up all my vouchers... until I won another one last week. LOL!

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  14. omg i love buffet, please count me in.

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    1. Hehe if you love buffet, then you should definitely come here. The selection is very good.

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  15. Omg, so much of good food but there is only I stomach!The cakes st the cake shop looks really pretty

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    1. You know Malaysians, when they go to buffet, automatically they will have extra few stomachs. LOL

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  16. Hmm, maybe I shall pester my mom to bring me here if we ran out of places to eat in kl. I doubt that will happen though. hehehehe

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    1. I dont think you're much of a buffet person, right?

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    1. The sashimi is great - very fresh!!

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  18. Dear Baby Sumo,

    Your daughter is so awfully cute and adorable, she almost rivals her mum.

    The food here looks fantastic but I know I would still want to experience the filthy back streets of KL for a tasty bowl of noodles.

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    1. LOL thanks. Well, we did win these vouchers so it would be a waste not to out them to good use.

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  19. Its lovely to find a place as high-end as MO are welcoming for kids! Although the fact that your two are so ridiculously cute must help :)

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    1. I guess most of the hotel buffets are kids friendly since they expect ppl to turn up with their family. But it's nice that they prepared high chairs and cutlery sets without us having to ask.

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  20. I am 57,my wife is 54,daughter 15 ,sister in law is 63 & mother in law is 85 and I have a plan to have a buffet dinner on Saturday is there any special for senior citizen or any recommendation with thanks?

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  21. Hi Simon, I am not sure if Mandarin Oriental offers special rates for senior citizen. You can call this number to check: 03-2179 8881

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