Monday, August 15, 2011

Mosaic

The Mandarin Oriental unveiled Mosaic this month, a dazzlingly designed venue that succeeds Biba's Cafe as the hotel's 24-hour flagship eatery.

Buffets are the dominant draw, but since we weren't feeling like a feast, we foraged through Mosaic's a la carte menu instead. However, the kitchen might have been swamped with Ramadan diners, resulting in offerings that sometimes missed the mark.

MO Cobb Salad with fire-roasted corn, avocado, quail eggs, blue cheese & smoked chicken. Naturally, prices here are high, but this bowl contained unexpectedly meager ingredients for RM38++. Check out Arthur's at the Shangri-La for a more satisfyingly lavish Cobb salad.

An entire page on Mosaic's menu is dedicated to eggs cooked in diverse styles. The Eggs Royale (RM38++) with smoked salmon, hash browns & tomatoes were not bad, but would have been better with runnier yolks.

Spanakopita _ pastry stuffed with spinach & feta cheese. This probably came from Casbah downstairs, but we recall it being cheaper at Casbah. Instead of paying RM28++ for these three tiny triangles, maybe we should have opted for Mosaic's buffet after all.

Thankfully, two European-inspired desserts were an indulgent delight. We really liked this praline turron _ a creamy, chocolatey Spanish confection given an Asian twist with Sarawak pepper for a pleasurably spicy sensation. Well worth the RM18++.

A beautifully baked blend of cheesecake & southern France's Nougat de Montelimar (RM24++), packed with honey & pistachios and partnered with stewed apples & roast almonds.

To escape the buffet crowd, head for the hotel's Lounge on the Park, freshly reopened with a moody-cool look after four months of refurbishment.

Chilean Chardonnay (Errazuriz, Casablanca Valley), RM36++ by the generously filled glass.

Cocktails here are constantly and comfortingly creative. Spicy Mango Chelada (Tiger beer, mango chili infusion, fresh lime) & Malay Mojito (Havana Silver Rum, mint, Melaka palm sugar, fresh lime). Prices start at RM30++.

Service at both outlets is sterling, befitting of the Mandarin Oriental's reputation.


Mosaic & Lounge On The Park,
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
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16 comments:

  1. Saw this place when we were in MO buying mooncakes. Was quite busy for a Thurs afternoon.

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  2. baby sumo: heheh, i congratulated myself for having the willpower to resist MO's mooncakes! am trying to make 2011 a mooncake-free year for me. wish me lotsa luck! :D

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  3. Oh my.. maybe I'll try the buffet instead

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  4. rebecca: it's RM118++, so hopefully it'll be worthwhile! :D

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  5. wow, it seems that they are having a makeover or some sort!

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  6. wot? Same food sent up, at more expensive prices? And, and .. a bowl of meager CS for RM38++?! No thanks..

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  7. Michelle: yeah, it looks really impressive now! Arguably a 100 percent improvement from before :D
    Ciki: I wonder if I ordered the wrong items! There's also a burger on the menu that sounds tempting, as well as gnocchi =)

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  8. Ooh... Sarawak pepper in a dessert? Sounds gnarly! :)

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  9. Eggs? Must have felt like heaven.

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  10. The interiors of MO has always been very posh and classy but I somehow think that their food offerings aren't that attractive.

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  11. Oh dear, doesn't sound like a very satisfying experience eh? Especially when prices aren't cheap. Btw, I noticed you started to add the pricing for each dish in your pic! Nice move!! :)

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  12. lfb: it is! now i wanna toss some pepper into everything from tiramisu to green tea ice cream! :D
    lemongrass: there's an egg white omelet with asparagus on the menu here that sounds truly tempting! =)
    eiling: i think the MO's casbah and mandarin grill are really good though. and i recall their chinese restaurant, lai po heen, was nice too :D
    iamthewitch: heheh, i'm usually too lazy to type out the prices. i'll try to do it from time to time, but not always. sorry, ya! =)

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  13. the foods seem not suit my tastebud but I have high expectation on Mandarin Grill's MIGF menu :D

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  14. fui: yeah, mandarin grill is great! i'm not sure i'll try their migf menu this year, but i'm sure it'll be one of the better ones :D

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  15. I hear the Pastry Chef is married to a Sarawakian, guess there comes the pepper from :p

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  16. Sugarcooker: heheh, interesting bit of info. Let's hope that other sarawakian ingredients will find their way into the menu too :D

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