The Mandarin Grill at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur recently went through a facelift – now boasting a refreshed and stylish interior that exudes a contemporary vibe. It is more casual and the menu now offers a combination of authentic Italian cuisine and grill.
Heading the restaurant is Chef de Cuisine Luigi Stinga from 2-Michelin star restaurant Seta in Mandarin Oriental Milan. My 6-course degustation menu (RM388 per person) begins with the Variazione Di Funghi, a delicious starter of assorted mushrooms, stewed in their own natural jus.
If you opt for the wine pairing (additional RM188 per person), you’re served a glass of prosecco to complement the starter. The Risotto Alla Parmiggiana features justly cooked rice grains in a base of tomato crème and eggplant.
Luigi’s signature dishes include our third course; Ravioli Di Baccalá, an elegant composition of dried salted cod fish in thin pasta blankets. Pity I was only given three pieces – I could have eaten ten of these! A glass of crisp Pinot Grigio accompanies this well.
The fish of the day is sea bass, which Chef Luigi obtains from a sustainable fish source. As he gets his fish (and other produce) fresh daily, very little seasoning is needed as the sea bass itself packed plenty of flavour. Some extra virgin olive oil, garlic and tomato are all it takes to elevate the natural flavours of this fish.
Agnello E Peperoni translates to slow-cooked lamb with a side of red pepper filled with polenta. I can’t decide which I like better – this, or the sea bass. The lamb is juicy, tender and pink at the centre, with hardly any gaminess in it.
Dessert is Luigi’s reinterpretation of the Italian all-time favourite; tiramisu. His version is plated in front of you – mascarpone cream, coffee sponge and chocolate, garnished with edible flowers. Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience.
Luigi also does a really good lobster pasta which I had the pleasure of trying prior to this dinner preview. It’s not on the menu as of now but I’m hoping he does include it because it’s good stuff.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Tel: 03-2179 8797 / 8798