Friday, March 23, 2018

Barbecue Under The Stars at AQUA, Mandarin Oriental, KL

BBQ fans, rejoice! Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur presents an alfresco barbecue dining experience at AQUA Restaurant & Bar every Saturday from 6.00pm until 9.30pm, perfect for foodies who enjoy outdoor dining amidst an urban resort setting.

Guests can indulge in a delightful barbecue spread tinged with Argentinian influences, prepared by Chef Sebastian Barcudes and his brigade of chefs, with spectacular KL city skyline views.

Barcudes, who hails from Argentina and is currently the Chef de Cuisine of Mandarin Grill, takes barbecue to the next level with the "Big Green Egg", a kamado-style ceramic charcoal grill. The Big Green Egg can be used as a grill, an oven and a smoker, and ensures all the juices and flavour of the ingredients stay locked inside when cooking. The result - juicier, naturally tastier food!

Watch as the sun sets, and the stars illuminate the sky as you savour your dinner. 

Start with AQUA's barbecue salad with preserved lemon or ranch dressing as well as the homemade breads, freshly made on the day. We particularly loved the cornbread. From the grill, guests can delight in unlimited servings of Smoky Argentinian-style beef short rib, Coriander chipotle marinated beef brisket, Roast pulled lamb, Rosemary and thyme chicken leg, Barramundi with salsa de chiles rojos and Grilled prawns with lemon and garlic. The perfectly grilled items are complemented with homemade sauces such as Pineapple barbecue sauce, Kimuchi no moto ketchup, Chimichurri and Mint pebre (our fav - and it goes well with almost everything!).

Caipirinha (RM45)

From the moment I set eyes on the Coriander chipotle marinated beef brisket, I knew it would be a winner. The brisket has been marinated with herbs and spices such as coriander, black pepper, chipotle and smoked paprika, seared and then slow-cooked at 56 degrees for 14 hours in the Big Green Egg with 100% lump charcoal made in the USA from natural oak and hickory. Beautifully pink and tender, the flavour on the meat was simply amazing.

Meat lovers will also love the tender, juicy Smoky Argentinian-style beef short rib - finished on the grill to give it a nice sear. Using the Big Green Egg, Chef Barcudes was able to serve us barbecued chicken like we've never tasted before - moist, juicy with an incredible crust on the meat.

For the Roasted pulled lamb, a whole lamb shoulder is marinated with Chef's secret spices (14 in total), slow-roasted until tender so that it can be easily pulled apart. The flavours were intense, so good!

Spice up your evening with the Barramundi with salsa de chiles rojos. Chef Barcudes places the fish fillets in the Big Green Egg on a Northwest Alder plank to cook. Tender and moist, we especially loved the spicy sauce which just perks up our appetite.

One of our favorite things to cook on the barbecue are prawns. The beautiful, large prawns are simply grilled and served with lemon and garlic. So fresh, so tasty! Trust me, you cannot stop at just one.

Guests can enjoy the grilled meats and seafood with tempting sides such as Feijoada (Brazilian barbecue beans), Cazuela de hongos (mushroom stew), Vegetales grillados (grilled vegetables), Papas horneadas (baked potatoes with condiments) and Maize en chala (corn in the husk). To finish, a warm apple raspberry crumble is served with vanilla ice cream.

The Barbecue Under the Stars is available every Saturday at AQUA Restaurant & Bar and is priced at RM198 nett per person. For dining reservations, please call 03-2330 8798 or email


Location: AQUA Restaurant & Bar, Level 3, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2330 8798

GPS Coordinates: 3.155514, 101.711555


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  1. I wouldn't mind a barbecue if someone else is doing it. Too hot, our Malaysian weather.

  2. Foods Looks Yummy!Such a great place to spend time with family & freinds over the weekend.


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