Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Organic Wellness Lunch @ Mandarin Oriental KL

Healthy eating leads to healthy living. From now until 28 October 2016, diners can enjoy an Organic Wellness Lunch, specially crafted by the chefs at Lounge on the Park, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur.

"We wanted to have a special menu to accommodate our health-conscious guests, as well as to encourage others to embark on healthy eating. It becomes almost necessary for us to offer a menu with quality organic produce filled with great nutrition. Most of us have lifestyles that makes it difficult for us to eat the right food that our body needs and we hope that this initiative will get people excited about eating right and healthy," said Matthias Kindl, Director of Food & Beverage.

Upon arrival, we were ushered to the Wellness Island, located at the centre of the lobby lounge. The chef on site will prepare and explain each dish as they are presented to you. For this Organic Wellness Lunch promotion, diners can choose to have the 8-course Wellness Menu (RM148 nett) or Wellness Bento (RM90 nett - a bento box created for those who want to have a quick lunch).

Hubby and I enjoy our juicing every morning, so we were excited to try out the Organic Wellness Menu. We left feeling deeply impressed with the creativity and uniqueness of the whole experience.

To start, "The Detox Juice", a concoction of apple,celery, baby spinach and cucumber is served along with root vegetable crisps.This is followed by Compressed watermelon 'sashimi', with marinated cucumber, fennel and celery. This dish gets its name due to its resemblance to tuna sashimi. Compression intensifies the flavours and colours of the fruit.

Next, the chef makes khubz right in front of our eyes. Khubz is the Arabic word for bread, and usually refers to flatbread or pita.

To make the khubz, he firstly pipes pre-prepared mousse into a hot stone bowl. He tells us that the hot stone has been preheated in a 300°C oven. Then he covers up the bowl and leaves it to "bake" for 3-4 minutes. And voila - the buckwheat khuz is ready! Not only was it fascinating to watch, the bread was soft, fluffy and delicious too, served with almond butter.

Buckwheat khubz baked in hot stone, served with almond butter

Video here for those interested

I was pleased to learn that for this promotion, the chefs are using locally sourced vegetables from Cameron and Genting Highlands ;) This is the Tian of raw butternut squash and spinach, with Genting Highland tomatoes served with cashew nut romesco sauce. The tomatoes have been soaked in vanilla bean syrup, giving it a fragrant and sweet aroma.

Another fun dish to eat here was the fresh harvested lettuce. Diners will be presented with a head of lettuce each and are encouraged to harvest their own lettuce tableside. The lettuce sits in a bowl filled with edible soil made of pumpernickel. Cut up the lettuce into small pieces using the scissors provided and toss it with the forest farm vegetables, edible flowers, herb vinaigrette and sourdough crostini. So interactive and fun!

Watch this video of us having fun harvesting our own salad

Next is the yellow peppers and turmeric soup. The chef will pour the soup from a teapot into a bowl filled with soy flan base and top it with fresh herbs and herb oil. The soup was rich and creamy, with strands of saffron in it.

The Josper grilled leeks and asparagus was my favorite dish from the menu. A beautiful, soft and creamy poached egg with crispy shallots sitting atop garlic fumet is served alongside the grilled vegetables.

Hubby liked the next dish best - baby peppers stuffed with cous cous and tomato stuffed with ratatouille, tofu croquettes, and a mushroom jus with peas and shimeji. Loved the umami-ness of the mushroom jus.

The memorable meal ends with a creamy avocado ice cream, with fresh mango, coconut espuma, kalamansi gel, and gula melaka and a cup of freshly brewed organic tea.

Only eight seating available from Mondays to Fridays (12pm to 2.30pm) for the Organic Wellness Lunch, so do make your reservations in advance by calling +603-2380 8888 or email

Price: RM148 nett for the 8-course Wellness Menu.

Location: Lounge on the Park, Lobby Level, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2179 8883

GPS Coordinates: 3.15568, 101.7120


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