Monday, March 28, 2011

Cascade

Peaceful outdoor dining by the pool, with a boundless view of KL's skyline.

When the sun sets, Cascade serves a 120-ringgit buffet spread where quality reigns over quantity, with relatively satisfactory results.

Seafood on ice, sushi & sashimi _ they're all here, of course. But a few quibbles: the (excellent) oysters ran out really fast and weren't replenished for some time, while the salmon sashimi was only supplied on sushi rice and not on its own for the first hour.

Succulent shrimp & smoked Norwegian salmon. An appetizingly perky start.

Salads help to keep things light and healthy; a heavy meal wouldn't be the best way to spend a muggy evening here without air-conditioning (or even a breeze).

Fresh enough? Check. Well-presented? Check. Delicious? Check.

Grilled and roasted meat are also available, some of them cooked to order.

Spectacular Chinese-style roast duck, divinely flavorsome and fatty. The lamb & chicken satay paled in comparison but remained acceptably juicy.

A selection of Aussie ribeye, sirloin & tenderloin, with lamb chops too. Tender and hearty, but with scarce patches of sweaty pink, signaling that our order for medium-rare had emerged medium instead.

Mojito & Cascadia Paradise (gin, malibu, pineapple, orange, grenadine).

Chardonnay (Errazuriz, Chile). Wine & cocktails are not included in the buffet price; unfortunately, everything is costly by the glass (RM36++ wines & equally expensive cocktails).

Our other complaint: the buffet only starts at 7 pm. Half an hour earlier would be better.




Cascade,
Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.

18 comments:

  1. looks delicious! have you been to the buffet at latest recipe (le meridien) or lemon garden (shang)? wondering how cascade is in comparison.

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  2. Timing: those two offer a much wider variety, maybe triple of what cascade has. And they're slightly cheaper too! I think the main attraction at cascade is the alfresco ambiance, which allows it to cook its meat on an open grill, like at a garden barbecue party. but it does get hot and humid, of coz...

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  3. my mom has the card but she hates mandarin oriental kl for some reason. She doesn't fancy the dim sum at all and thinks that the buffet is sub par.

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  4. What a nice view! No stars in the sky but plenty of twinkling city lights instead. :)

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  5. but the outdoor dining looks nice provided that it's not on a hot and humid weather day. starts at 7pm? I wished it starts at 6pm!

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  6. Michelle: the dim sum at Lai Po heen and the buffet at biba's? Yeah, those can be a bit hit-or-miss. My fave outlets at this hotel are mandarin grill and casbah, which are both really exemplary :D
    J: yaaa, our skyline actually looks nice and glittering even without the twin towers! =)
    Eiling: yeah, we were here at about 630 and needed to wait 30 minutes for the buffet to start. Sounds like a short wait, but we needed to be somewhere else before 830, so we didn't have much time...

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  7. you're right la, the meats look superb especially the roast duck and the lamb ! Sashimi looks delicious too.. arrrgh.. ur photography is getting too good.. too good i tell ya!!!

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  8. ciki: heheh, thanks, but the natural light helps a lot, as you know of course! luckily it was still relatively bright at 7pm ... by 8pm, it was impossible to take photos! :D

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  9. Eh!! Jenn's birthday is coming and this could be the perfect venue :) by the way, is this place stuffy and hot?? I can't stand the heat and sweat easily...

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  10. leo: oh, since it's open-air, i guess it depends on the weather that day? if it's rainy, it might be cool (but humid). if it's a hot day, it'll probably be uncomfortable. but after 8pm, i guess it'll be ok =)

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  11. Sean: is this available everyday? Or just weekend?

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  12. I am sold with a luck at the duck and the tenderloin! They looked so good! But I'm a bit wary about dining alfresco, since dining and sweating is not a good combo. hehe

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  13. Marc: it seems to be available everyday (we were here on a Wednesday nite). Best to check first if it's offered for weekends though...
    Iamthewitch: yeah, I guess it's a trade-off... This is the only outlet at mandarin oriental that supplies such a great view, but it's also the only one without air-conditioning. Thank goodness there isn't any really spicy food in the menu! :D

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  14. Got to watch my weight, got to watch my weight. no late buffets nooooo!! ;p

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  15. tng: hey, you could gain 2-3 kg and still look gorgeously slim lah! but ya, buffets at night do feel a bit too indulgent...

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  16. hey wanna ask, isit expensive?how much it is? and hows the food?

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  17. likwen: it's about RM148++ for a buffet dinner. food quality is good, one of the better hotel buffets

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  18. hehehe okay thanks yea.....=)

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