October 13, 2012

MIGF 2012: Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Romance Your Soul for Contemporary Modern Grill Cuisine!

A sequel to my evening at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur for a taste of Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2012 led me to Mandarin Grill. Utterly set in an era of its own, the contemporary boutique restaurant serves contemporary modern grill cuisine. The ambience is gorgeously decorated for a romantic gastronomy cuisine with its signature chandeliers of stars!

Mandarin Grill is helmed by Chef Reto Weber, a Swiss native whose experience under Michelin Star restaurants around the world, has been carving a name in the city’s culinary industry for creative modern dishes. Chef Reto is very humble when it comes to his dishes and yet, they reflect an understated elegant and creativity like no other. In this MIFG menu, he uses seasonal autumn ingredients imported from all over the world!

Bread and butter are no ordinary fare at Mandarin Grill. Be careful as I found myself addicted to munching on the crusty European bread!

We were treated to several courses of the menu that evening with a juicy red 2011 Pinot Noir from Fire Road, New Zealand wine and Musar Jeune Rouge 2009, a new world white produced in Lebanon. Mandarin Grill offers an extensive selection of champagne and wines from both the old and new world.

Rabbit Loin ‘Perigord’

Tender rabbit loin is seared to pink perfection and served with extravagant truffle jus and served with side lamb lettuce salad with cep mushroom.

Doversole Fillet

An intermediate course of delicate Doversole stuffed and served on a bed of sautéed baby spinach is accompanied by Salsify and Grenobloise sauce.

Duck Leg Confit ‘A La Orange’

A famous take on the French classic, the dish oozed with charm! Duck meat had gone through the slow process of confit and roasted to crispy skin. The meat was really juicy and tasted of pure salty sensation with deep rich duck flavors. Sitting proudly on braised apple and red cabbage and orange slice, the duck flavors were heighten to another level of sweet and sour flavors. The sidekicks were soft potato dumplings and apple balls, making the dish a little fuller and a little lighter.

Utterly drool-li-cious in every bite!

Halibut Fillet ‘Winemaker Style’

A dish that represented a rustic side had us enjoying a thick wedge of halibut, imported from the seas of Denmark with Champagne Choucroute, a French version of sauerkraut. The fish with sprinkling of dill alone was light in flavors but the sauerkraut or braised cabbage brought out more flavorful accent to the dish.  The sauerkraut was well controlled in sourness unlike the stronger version of the German ones. Meticulously peeled grapes are caramelized while potatoes are turn to Pomme Chateaux to partner the fish.

Pure Black Angus Tenderloin ‘Sailou’

A medallion of highly prized Black Angus beef is grilled and served with seared cubes of Foie Gras and smoked celery puree. Joining forces with the beef was brussel sprouts, pearl onions, greens and a rich bourguignon sauce.

White & Orange

Dessert looked intricate while the name justify otherwise. White Sacher sponge nestled beneath the bourbon vanilla bavarois while another long cylinder of orange custard provided a citrus contrast to the creamy concoction. Flavors are bright and creamy, providing a simple but elegant finish to the meal.

The evening finished off with elegant Petit Fours that comprises of Calamansi Sorbet, Hazelut Lollipop, Pistachio Macaron, Financier and Raspberry Truffle! My favorite is the refreshing Calamansi Sorbet and Pistachio Macaron...

Chef Reto has outdone himself again in this year’s MIGF menu. His take on European classics and twisting them up to modern touches are exciting and intriguing. While diners feast on the luscious menu, the experience is further heighten by the gorgeous ambience in the restaurant. In themed of Classical Chefs, the MIGF Mandarin Grill menu is available for lunch and dinner.

Looking for somewhere to win a loved one’s heart? Look no further as Mandarin Grill fits the bill!         

Check out MIGF 2011 at Mandarin Grill here. Menu details can be found at MIGF website.

For reservations, please contact Mandarin Grill at +603 2179 8960 or email at mokul-mogrillbar@mohg.com

Lobby Level, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
P.O. Box 10950,
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2179 8885
Fax: +603-2380 8833


  1. such a fine dining! delicious!

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