Located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the Mandarin Grill lays claim to being one of the most sought after restaurants in town whether for celebrating special occasions or enjoying family dinners. The swanky interior is contemporary yet intimate and warm, enhanced by the modern-style fireplace from one end of the dining room. Tables are well spaced, allowing privacy while soft lighting sets a relaxing ambience that makes every dining experience here pleasant.
A not to be missed starter is the blue swimmer crab cake served with the house special piquillo pepper aioli and arugula salad. The well-portioned croquette is crispy on the outside and abundantly filled with fresh shredded crab meat on the inside and tastes sublime with the tangy aioli. Another worthy starter is the seared Hokkaido scallop, featuring big medallions of scallops seared to fleshy and juicy perfection and served with a combination of pear and ginger chutney and grape gastrique.
As to be expected, most of the offerings are grilled. Meat lovers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the different types of beef available, be it Black Angus or Sher Wagyu. A good choice is the 150-day grain fed Black Angus with a marble score of 2. Grilled to sizzling tender perfection with a crusty sear on the outside, the succulent steak oozes juiciness with each bite. Diners have a choice of sauce and the red wine sauce is a wonderful pairing that enhances the flavour of the beef.
For diners preferring something healthier, the Norwegian salmon is a chunky 200 grams fillet that is grilled to tantalising perfection with a crispy skin while maintaining the moist tenderness of the flesh. A good sauce to pair the salmon with is the chimichurri sauce, which adds a zesty zing to the mellow salmon flavour.
Top off dinner with sinfully decadent desserts such as the Textures of Valrhona which stars the grand cru of chocolate mouth-wateringly prepared in six different styles, or the Raspberry Souffle with its soft puffy texture that melts in your mouth with each bite.
The wine list is curated by the in-house sommelier and the offerings are extensive and impressive across both old world and new world regions and price points. Besides the sommelier’s selection, there are two pages of white and red wines by the glass to choose from. A wide selection of digestifs is also available for diners to round off the meal.
Service, as expected of a restaurant in a top-tier hotel, is par excellent. Servers are knowledgeable about the menu and dish preparation details and will offer suitable recommendations. Table is well-laid out and dishes are promptly served and cleared. Requests are attended to and servers will make sure you have the most pleasant dining experience.
Unsurprisingly, prices here are generally higher than most places in KL, but the ambience, quality of the food, the culinary skills of the chef, and the impeccable level of service all serve to justify the cost.