the unofficial hong kong food guide – mandarin grill
November 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
I did a recent post of my favourite food in Hong Kong. but my meal at mandarin grill + bar deserves a post on its own. Mandarin Grill + Bar is a one Michelin Star restaurant at Mandarin Oriental and we went there to celebrate Eugene’s birthday. I’ve read the reviews on ladyironchef but seriously, reading is totally different from experiencing. The meal indeed blew our minds and stomach and everything possible.
As usual, fine dining always start of with a selection of bread. At mandarin grill, they not only serve amazing bread, but also offer you 6 different types of olive oil to go with your bread. So many decisions to make at the start of the meal. We made a mistake of having too much bread but they were sooo good.
This is actually foie gras. I felt really strange eating this cos you would expect something sweet seeing that it is a small pear but when you take a bite it is savoury. Loads of thought put into this though. A+ for effort.
We had scallops and foie gras for starters. The scallops were so fresh and juicy i felt i was living underwater, especially with the fresh seasweed beneath the scallops. The foie gras was good too but i think it was a bit too much for my liking.
As for our mains, Eugene ordered the dover sole while i ordered the lamb. Both are fantastic but by the time we reached the mains, we were beyond bloated and couldn’t believe we still have the desert ( which was what we came to mandarin grill for) I should have ordered fish instead of the lamb though cos it was quite a heavy main.
Here are the sides that came along with our mains. I think the waiter said it was celery and if it was really celery, it was the best celery i’ve ever tasted. Even eugene who hates celery had to admit it was good.
And finally after our mains, a cute young chef came out to prepare our dessert on our table. It was truly the highlight of our meal – Krug on the moon.
Firstly he sprinkled various chocolate powder on the table forming somewhat an art work. Then he put this stone-like ball on the table and starting pouring chocolate sauce on the ball. At first i thought the ball was just an ornament but when the stone-like ball starting melting, my jaws literally dropped. the ball is made of chocolate and in the ball itself it was filled with more goodness. To end off the show, the chef brought out another moon-like object and said something along the line of it being some frozen chocolate and started smashing it in front of us and somehow there was mist coming out of the chocolate creating the misty effect.i was really trying very hard to make a mental note of every sequence but it all happened to fast, hence my vague description. it was like watching a performance, you have to experience it yourself. Here’s the finished product.
It was a great dining experience. I have to say that the waiter’s enthusiasm in the food he was serving made the meal even more enjoyable. According to him, he has never seen anyone who finish the krug on the moon to make us feel better. Also, do take note that krug on the moon is meant for 2. so if you have 4 people, you have to order 2 sets.
In conclusion, if you want to splurge on a meal, this is THE place to go. good food, good service, good ambience.