Sunday, 14 October 2012

Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Grill, MIGF Menus, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mandarin Oriental, Lai Po Heen, MIGF menu
Hunan Ice Chilled Whole Baby Abalone
Mandarin Oriental, Lai Po Heen, MIGF menu
Double Boiled Kung Fu Soup
Mandarin Oriental, Lai Po Heen, MIGF menu
Sun Dried Scallops with Glutinous Rice
Mandarin Oriental, Lai Po Heen, MIGF menu
Sun Dried Scallops with Glutinous Rice
Mandarin Oriental, Lai Po Heen, MIGF menu
Duck Confit
Mandarin Oriental, Lai Po Heen, MIGF menu
Halibut Fillet
Mandarin Oriental, Lai Po Heen, MIGF menu
White and Orange Dessert

MIGF Menus at Lai Po Heen and Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Mandarin Oriental, Lai Po Heen, MIGF menu
Musar Jeune Blanc
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur has not one but two restaurants participating in the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival. In line with the classical theme for this year expect to find classic Chinese dishes at Lai Po Heen masterminded by Chef Ricky and traditional European cuisine at Mandarin Grill skillfully crafted by Chef Reto.

Sampling the first half of a menu by the Chinese competitor and the second part by the European contestant we were fortunate enough to have a tasting of the best of both.

Lai Po Heen presented our appetizer, soup and rice dish. Hunan Ice Chilled Whole Baby Abalone with fresh pomelo, avocado, kiwi and spicy sesame sauce provided a substantial hint of the freshness and quality of ingredients that were to come. The mingling of the citrusy pomelo, fruity kiwi, creamy avocado and salty caviar seasoned the shellfish with a lovely tang.

Doubled Boiled Kung Fu Soup with premium dried seafood, cordyceps, American ginseng, morel mushrooms and baby cabbage won the approval of all at our table. Although brimming with mysterious creatures from the sea, it was the burly broth that had guests slobbering.

Mandarin Oriental, Lai Po Heen, MIGF menu
Fire Road Pinot Noir
Fixing an end to the trial of Chinese dishes, the Sun Dried Scallops with Glutinous Rice delivered a pleasurable conclusion. This jewel of the sea bundled in a sphere of tasty rice and gift wrapped in a shawl of spinach acrest a steaming dim sum basket was the most favoured dish for both hubby and myself from Lai Po Heen - winning our approval partly for the taste but also for the packaging.

The Mandarin Grill put forth a starter, a main course, dessert and petit fours. Duck Leg Confit a la Orange with braised apple, red cabbage and roasted potato dumpling began our exploration of their menu and set our western biased taste buds into a delightful spin. Matched with a soft pinot noir, this was my pick of the evening.

The main, a fleshy wedge of Halibut Fillet Winemaker Style, collaborated constructively with Champagne Choucroute, Pomee Chateaux (barrel shaped potatoes) and peeled caramelized grapes. A Musar Jeune Blanc with its zesty crispness and tropical aromas cooperated well with the seafood.

Mandarin Oriental, Lai Po Heen, MIGF menu
Petit Fours
A White and Orange dessert was contemporary in look, but classic in taste. Thin logs of sacher sponge with bourbon vanilla bavarois and orange custard crossed our plates, elegantly decorated with a delicate flower. The usual finish of coffee or tea and petit fours brought something unexpected. A classic macaron, raspberry truffle and jam sponge tart where watched over by two chocolates on a stick. A calamansi sorbet hiding inside a yellow ball of white chocolate left us all with an exhilarating surprise. Biting into the canary coloured orb startled guests with a cold sweet liquid oozing into the mouth followed by the icy tart sorbet. Unanticipated, this led to a tasty and amusing close.

Lai Po Heen and the Mandarin Grill both offer two set dinner menus for each outlet and a separate lunch menu, catering for a variety of budgets and appetites. A special wine list for the month includes both new and old world wines from RM38 per glass and RM190 per bottle.

Reason to visit: special MIGF menus for the month of October

Lai Po Heen and Mandarin Grill
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2380 8888

15 comments:

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    1. Wish I could read Chinese to know what you're saying Wong Ching Wah!

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  2. I don't really like to eat abalone, I feel it's a bit of rubbery. But I love how they presented the ice chilled baby abalone here. :)

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    1. I'm quite new to abalone. In fact, the only time I've had it is at the Mandarin. Not rubbery here.

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  3. Didn't I comment on a post on this place already? Hmmm...must be in somebody else's blog then. Everybody gets to go to the same events, is it?

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  4. Love the abalone & soup! it was a tough decision which place I like since I love the duck confit too.... :)

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    1. Yep, hard choice, but can't beat cultural upbringing.

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  5. scallops with glutinous rice ... i think that's a combination that i'd fall head over heels for! :D

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  6. The Madarin Oriental is a very good chain. Most of the food I don't recognise however.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Lots of newbies for me too - especially coming from the Chinese kitchen!

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  7. Baby abalone and the scallops...my 2 faves!

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  8. i love the soup & hopw that we can have it refill :P

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  9. OMG, u're killing me with the 1st pix! Gosh, do u know I'm a huge fan of abalones? I've done many posts on this delicacy including recipes too. My knees are weak now.......

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