The last I dined at a buffet was during the crazy Ramadan period, where I sampled about 8 buffets, all in about 2 weeks. I missed 3, no thanks to a bout of UTI, and during that period I was stuck on hospital food for a week.
I was happy to go on a buffet binge again after so long, and I have just recommenced my buffet eating spree last Monday when I visited Mandarin Oriental’s spanking new all-day dining restaurant Mosaic.
A lover of choices (though I may not necessaarily eat them all), buffets are to me a great opportunity to sample cross-cultural cuisine – Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Malay, etc all at once and also not having to order full portions for everything.
But the ultimate draw factor? That’s undeniably for the Unlimited DESSERTS!
Say ‘hi’ to Mosaic’s GIANT MACARON CAKE.
Macarons. First they go mini, now they grow BIG.
I loved the dark chocolate filling and the crunchy macadamia nuts in this one. And no, of course I didn’t eat the whole thing! We cut out a slice, just as you would when you’re served with a whole cake.
Desserts at buffets are almost always an after-thought. Fortunately that wasn’t the case here. The desserts here were pretty good. All of it. And that won brownie points from me.
The desserts station.
I f I had to pick a favourite it would be the Pear Crumble. It has luscious buttery crumbs on top of a layer of eggy rich custard, with sweet slices of pears in between. Heavenly!
Enough of the sweets. The savouries consisted of 4-5 live stations featuring a mix of local and international cuisine. These includes the grill, wok, noodle/pasta, Chinese and tandoor.
The GRILL – where you choose fresh seafood, lamb, beef, sausages to be cooked on the spot for you.
Do grab some meaty and well-marinated chicken and beef satay while you’re at it too.
Fans of pizzas (like me!) rejoice!
Pizzas with the beautifully singed and smoky thin crust comes out freshly baked from the ovens.
The western selections includes cod fish, beef stragonoff, baked potatoes, etc. These may sound common, but it was the preparation method that stood out. The purple potatoes you see below has a different flavour from the common russet potatoes used. The cod fish was nicely moist & fatty, and thankfully wasn’t overpowered from the creamy sauce it was prepared in.
Also, it’s worthy of note that food at Mosaic is presented in cast iron pans, woks, copper pots or served in individual portions. This means food is not cooked in mass proportions and served on the buffet line in big food warmers.
With the live stations, Mosaic aims to serve food as freshly prepared as possible, and make your buffet dining experience here like no other.
Food aside, dining at Mosaic is also about comfort and surroundings.
I’m a huge nature lover, and chose to sit overlooking the serene KLCC park.
But you can choose to sit within Mosaic’s warm, cosy interior. The whole area boasts an elegant feel, reflected in the Peranakan culture with elaborate finishings.
Customized flooring, intricate hanging pewter lights, bespoke mosaic walls, new comfortable furniture and spacious area to navigate between tables and the buffet spread all added up to the making of a very pleasant dining experience here at Mosaic.
Choose different seating arrangements to suit your mood; be it plush big cushion chairs for a more relaxing meal or the more serious tables, with upright chairs (but no less comfortable) for those business or entertainment lunches.
And to end this post, here’s more pictures from the buffet!
The piping hot French Onion Soup with thick cheesy toast.
Fresh Sashimi. My favourite.
This is smoked salmon with beetroot. Interesting eh?
There’s DUCK served too, as part of the cold appetisers. I love duck!
Food at the Indian section were delicious; with tasty meat and fish curries as well as fragrant rice.
Other than the French Onion Soup, Tom Yam is available as well for the “Asian-stomach” diners.
CHEESES. Both soft and hard versions.
Healthier options? Well, there’s the customary appetisers spread of salads, dips and fresh fruits.
Another item that I’m sure to devour from any buffet, the seared tuna.
Gorgeous freshly made dips and dressings for breads or salads.
Headed by Chef Raymond Abour Jeily, Chef de Cuisine and Ms Jenna Park, Restaurant Manager, Mosaic is open 24 hours and serves buffet breakfast from 6.00am to 10.30am, lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm and dinner, 6.30pm to 10.30pm. The restaurant seats up to 148 diners.
Dinner : RM108++ ( Mon – Thurs )
(Fri – Sun ) – RM128++
For reservations, call +60 (3) 2179 8881 or email [email protected].
On a last note, RM88++ for the spread you see above, in MO Hotel, right in the heart of KLCC isn’t a bad deal at all isn’t it?