This week, we were invited to sample the new menu at Mandarin Grill in Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur. Our meals here have been nothing short of exceptional, so we expected no less from Chef de Cuisine, Reto Weber this time.
Chef Reto Weber's menu changes according to the season, using locally grown ingredients whenever possible as well as the freshest and highest quality of ingredients imported from around the world. His dishes are always like work of art, and are extremely pleasing to the eye.
While waiting for our food to arrive, we stuffed ourselves silly the freshly baked bread. Oh my gosh, they were so good... most of us went for several helpings. It's hard to stop at one.
Bread that's worth a mention.. ;)
Wine for the evening - Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2011
To start, I chose the Black Angus Beef Carpaccio (RM70) - the beef was sliced thinly and tasted light on the palate. It was complemented well with the slightly salty sauteed wood mushroom (served in a potato ring) and Parmesan. Meanwhile, Hubby had the Pan Seared River Prawns (RM65), served with a spring vegetable salad and paprika dressing. The prawns were fresh and taut.
I was extremely happy with my choice of mains- the Organic Lamb Two Ways (RM165) which was very delicious. The lamb loin was perfectly cooked, and the meat was juicy and tender. Another way lamb was served on this platter was as a filling for the tortellini. This was served with a celeriac puree and Balinese pepper sauce.
Hubby was on a seafood theme tonight, so he had the Halibut Saltimbocca (RM148) served with smoked duck, sage, braised lentils, greens and saffron jus. Nicely prepared but not as nice as my lamb... hehe ;)
12 hours braised pure Angus beef short rib (RM135)
If I could, I would choose to eat BOTH desserts on offer. Chef Holger's desserts are always delightful and it's no secret that I am a HUGE fan of his macarons. Hubby had the Granny Smith apple tart, served with creme fraiche ice cream and berries sauce. The slightly tart apples made this extremely light and appetizing. Though the portion was quite large, we easily finished it and even wished there was more.
I ordered the dark chocolate sphere served with yoghurt sorbet, almond crumble and passion fruit, which I shared
Hot chocolate sauce is poured over the sphere
What's the surprise? Any guesses?
Petit fours, including my fav MO macaron ;)
To read about my previous visit, please click here. For Mandarin Grill's full menu, please click here to view.
Full set of photos can also be viewed on my Facebook page.
*All photos without watermark are courtesy of Mandarin Oriental KL.
Price: Starters start from RM32, up to RM75. Mains prices range from RM68 to RM285.
Location: Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2380 8888
GPS Coordinates: 3.155514, 101.711555