As a writer, I love talking to chefs who are outgoing and passionate about their craft; it makes food writing easier. Chef Komarullah from Mandarin Oriental Jakarta is one of them. He’s young, talented, humble and open to sharing his thoughts and experiences as Chef de Partie at the hotel chain in Jakarta. From 10-16 March, Komarullah is guest chef at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur to showcase his culinary craft of Indonesian delights.
Taste of Indonesia at Mosaic will feature three menus on rotation, comprising Satay Bulalak (a Lombok specialty), Mie Goreng Aceh, Balado Ikan Cue, Gulai Nangka (from Padang), Nasi Uduk and Ayam Taliwang, among many.
I was bowled over by the Rawon, a flavourful soup of braised beef in kluwek (buah keluak in Malay) broth with beansprouts and salted egg. This is a Surabaya Jawa Timur specialty and one that had me going for a second, and third helping.
The salads on display were also tasty, especially the Salad Ayam Bumbu Bali. This was mildly spicy with a sweet aftertaste from the dressing. I’m sure the Ikan Bakar 99 was delicious too. Because it disappeared within 15 minutes upon display. rif was lucky to have his share of this but left just the bones and tail for me to look on. :(
Semur Daging was tender and saucy, cooked in soy sauce until the meat absorbs as much flavour possible. A Solo Jawa Tengah specialty, this one. When queried, Komarulloh remarked that he learns as much as possible about Indonesian cuisine and even spent one year in Bali as a chef.
Dessert featured a selection of Indonesian kuih including the famous Indonesian layer cake. All these, amidst the variety of desserts Mosaic is known for; you’ll be spoilt for choice. Besides Indonesian cuisine, Mosaic’s regular buffet items like fresh seafood, grilled items, noodles and hot station dishes are available.
Taste of Indonesia is priced at RM108++ per person for lunch and RM138++ per person for dinner. For reservations, call 03-2179 8881 or email [email protected]
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Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: A tasty, eye opening experience for me.