Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mandarin Grill @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur



Mandarin Oriental's new outlet is in a league of its own _ this really is one of KL's best restaurants ever, with a menu that transcends the typical offerings and a setting that raises the bar for every other establishment in this city.


Selection of fresh bread with unsalted and spicy curry butter.


Amuse bouche of scallop sashimi with beetroot and endives.


Whole Dover Sole Meuniere. A classic recipe that isn't often found in our country. This fits the bill for what it should be: light, moist and mild-tasting.


Garlic asparagus, sea salt baked Russet potato & orange beurre blanc sauce.


1824 Australian grain-fed, 120-day-aged 25o-gram tenderloin. Lots of numbers there, but the key figure is "1824" _ a reference to an elite, hand-trimmed prime beef that supposedly isn't available anywhere else in Malaysia. Tender meat, with a robust flavour.


Side dishes of roasted baby artichokes, basil crushed potatoes & foie gras sauce.


Further accompaniments of flavoured salt, pepper & vanilla seasoning.


Cabernet Sauvignon (Errazuriz, Chile) and La Vielle Ferme Blanc (Cotes du Lubernon, Perrin et Filis, France). Be warned though that absolutely nothing here is inexpensive; even the cheapest wine by the glass costs RM48++.




Mandarin Grill,
Mandarin Oriental,
Kuala Lumpur.
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25 comments:

  1. yikes!! all these places opening up~! * Gives up trying to eat at all of them *
    Let me treat u sometime to rdside food ok? mayb i can find one that serves 120day pig for our sweet n sour pork ;p

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  2. tng: tell me about it! it feels like a full-time job, keeping track of new openings. but if u can hunt down 120-day-old piglets, i'm definitely game ... young and tender, just the way i like 'em! =)

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  3. No single malts from their bar? Yes, sir! I shall remember 1824 until it is engraved on my head. We love our steaks hence this is definitely the next stop.

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  4. Hmmm... Interesting, after all the disappointing food at Pacifica. At least the decor is not as kistchy here! This calls for a visit soon.

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  5. boo: yeah, we're never fans of hard liquor. the range of beef here is pretty good. there are two pages devoted to a variety of 1824, wagyu, black angus and usda angus, along with an even wider range of sauces and side dishes.
    android: i actually like the ambiance at pacifica! but yep, mandarin grill has a world-class elegant look that's rather simple and classic. =)

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  6. Is Pacifica being replaced with this restaurant? Or is this at another place? By the way, the tenderloin looks extremely mouth-watering! Was it perfectly cooked?

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  7. wow this is really something different. With your strong recommendation, I'll be a pity if I did not go there and try it for myself. *must go*

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  8. This looks stunning! I meant the food, obviously. Not quite sure if that absurd installation would whet my appetite but whoa, whole dover sole!

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  9. drool..well don't just sit there and recommend.. take me la:P

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  10. for once i think u ordered just nice for 2 pax!

    if the wine is 48++, i cant imagine the price of that dover sole.

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  11. curiouscats: pacifica is still in the basement (phew!). this outlet actually takes over from what used to be pacifica grill in the old days, on the ground floor near the lobby.
    eiling: yep, if u only go to one western restaurant this month (since it's cny season), go here! =)
    min: oh yeah, there's a lot of fish, scallops and other stuff here to satisfy your passion for seafood =)
    ciki: jom, after u come back from java :D
    joe: heh, there was an issue with our (lack of) time and stomach capacity that evening. but yep, the dover sole was a wallet-buster at RM 195++...

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  12. How does this place differ from Pacifica in terms of food offerings? (also curious to know how much total bill came to..)

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  13. lemongrass: there's a bit of overlap actually. u'll find certain ingredients, like tasmanian aurora lamb, boston lobster, etc in both outlets. but pacifica does focus more on seafood, while mandarin grill has a large section devoted to beef ... and as for your second question, let's just say that this place is as expensive as pacifica.

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  14. hmm...Another "Must Go" place huh?? Since u r bringing ciki...mind if i tag along?? Muahaha :P

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  15. chloe: heheh, IF it actually happens, am sure ciki wouldn't mind =)

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  16. fbb: sky-high! the main courses basically start from RM100...

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  17. now if only they have a mandarin oriental privileges card... =P

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  18. augustdiners: yeah, that would be EXCELLENT :D

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  19. omg i want to try this place. swoon
    ~haz

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  20. haz: not far from home or office. yep, it's definitely an option we can consider :D

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  21. Many thanks for the recommendations! I ordered the 1824 Australian grain-fed, 120-day-aged 25o-gram tenderloin and it tasted awesome!

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  22. xes: so glad u liked it! :D

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  23. they do have a mandarin oriental privilage card :D

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