Lebanese flavours come to Kuala Lumpur

Lebanese food is rather hard to come by in KL and if I were going to eat it, it might as well be cooked by one of the world’s biggest names in the hotel industry! So I went to Mosaic at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur to find out if the RM198 is worth it…

As I’m sure you all know, going into a buffet is a little overwhelming – especially when you’ve been starving yourself all afternoon to make sure you have room to eat as much as humanly possible. I initially thought the Lebanese Promotion Buffet at Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur meant that there was only going to be Lebanese food there, but to my surprise, they still had all the other usual cuisines, including Japanese, Chinese and Indian. Not to mention the exquisite gallery of desserts that I have to admit, I looked at first – you have to prepare for these things!

But I was there for one thing and one thing only – Ali El Bourji from Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai and his highly talked about Lebanese delicacies. Promised that the flavours would be authentic, as soon as I walked up to the Lebanese counter, you could smell the cumin and cinnamon spices, and the fatty goodness of lamb chops, lamb meatballs and lamb kofta.

We had a small sampler of everything that Ali El Bourji had dished up and to be truthfully honest, it was all delicious! With fresh ingredients and masterful spice blends, how can it not be! Some of the highlights however included:

  • Hummus – basically an exquisite blend of chickpeas, tahini and lemon juice. Put this on everything and anything and it will taste spectacular, or simply enjoy it with some pita bread.
  • Fattoush Salad – tomato, cucumber, capsicum, lettuce and crispy pita tossed with sumac, apple vinegar, pomegranate molasses and extra virgin olive oil.
    Ali El Bourji told us that he only uses the best extra virgin olive oil in all of his recipes due to its lightness and complementary flavour.
  • Tabbouleh – super finely chopped parsley, tomato, onion, cucumber, mint, lemon juice and olive oil. Again, this can be paired with anything but goes really well with the lamb to cut through its rich fattiness.
  • Lamb Kofta in rich Tomato – this dish had a much more fancier name than this but I can’t remember what it was, however you need to find it and eat as much of it as you can! The kofta is so tender and juicy and the tomato, capsicum and onion sauce that surrounds it is so flavourful, I couldn’t get enough!

Chef Ali El Bourji bought us a gorgeous array of mezze and I suggest this is how you eat when you go to the buffet yourself. Small portions of everything means you get to taste all the delicious flavours and I’m convinced you also manage to eat more as well! 😉


So, is the RM198 worth it?
If you haven’t noticed already, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and therefore I say yes, it’s worth every penny. The food was fresh, authentic and full of flavour and as Chef Ali has come all the way from Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai for 4 nights only, it’s an opportunity that doesn’t come around every day! The Chef is at the buffet as well, and he’s incredibly friendly, so there’s an opportunity to meet Ali El Bourji himself and get his insight into Lebanese cuisine and even a selfie if you ask nicely!

Chef Ali El Bourji

The service, design and overall experience at Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is also well worth mentioning in this post. The restaurant is very grand and beautifully decorated with oversized chandeliers, mosaic tiles and comfortable seating, and every waiter and waitress was incredibly hospitable – some of the best service we’ve had not just in KL but around the world.

Chef Ali El Bourji from Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai will be at Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur from 8th – 12th August, 2018. Dine for lunch at RM168 per person or for dinner at RM198 per person (drinks are not included). Call 03-2179 8881 to make a reservation of visit the website for more information and access to the menu: https://www.mandarinoriental.com/kuala-lumpur/petrona-towers/fine-dining/restaurants/international-cuisine/mosaic

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