July 10th, 2011
Casbah is a luxurious, contemporary lounge – bar and dining venue at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur that opened in late 2010. The design is themed on Arabic origins featuring dark timber and leather upholstered lounge chairs, curved timber panelled walls, large dark stone tiled floor and an intricately carved ceiling. Suspended Oriental glass lamp fittings provide a muted lighting effect, and a series of private lounge areas with plush red and black colour scheme and delicate mesh metal curtains for privacy. The curved main bar is topped with black granite and is highlighted with a large overhead circular lighting fixture. The Casbah is adjacent to the popular SULTAN LOUNGE nightclub, and accessed directly via an internal stairway. The whilst the decor and design is of opulent sophistication, the mood at Casbah is of a relaxed and “chill out” nature. The DJ lounge music ( with underlying Arabic rhythms) is played at a level that allows comfortable conversations.
The theme of Casbah is eat.drink.share– and the menu features an eclectic mixture of cuisines from North Africa, the Middle East and Spain. Most dishes are designed for sharing, with a selection of tapas, and mezze, as well as more substantial large plates. Some popular tapas plates include Gazpacho; Patata Harra; Creamy Croquetas; Queso Fonduta and Baby Squid. Mezze plates include Salmon poached in Lebanese Olive Oil; Greek dips; Tabouleh; Lamb Kofta Kebab and Shish Taouk. The large plates feature Assorted Kebabs- lamb, beef & chicken; Prawns steamed over hot stones; Ouzie style Roasted Leg of Lamb and Paella Valencia. A good selection of delicious desserts include Baklava; Ice Cream & fruits and Creme Catalana.
Mezzeh Dips– Hummus, babaganough and labneh with Arabian breads.
Shish Taouk– Arabian chicken skewers with lemon and home made pickles
Queso Fonduta– Melted Manchego cheese fondue with home made chorizo
Paella Valencia– Bomba rice pilaf, prawns, clams, chicken & chorizo
Exotic cocktail creations are a specialty of the bar- some stand out examples include: Casbah Colada– Havana Silver Rum, fresh lime & pineapple juices, and topped with Coconut Rose foam and edible Gold Leaf. The Magic Mo”Kool Berry Bliss features a extra large martini glass filled with Cotton Candy Ball,over which is poured a mixture of Absolut Mandarin Vodka, fresh Lemon and cranberry, Calamnsi and raspberry puree. The Luxury Margarita is a shaken combination of Sauza Hornitos Repasado tequila, fresh Lime, Cointreau, garnished with Pomegranate foam and a few fresh currants. The bar menu also has a large selection of classic cocktails, shooters, plus an extensive range of premium spirits, single malt whiskys, cognacs, champagnes and wines. Imported bottled beers are available. And non-alcoholic mocktails, soft drinks, coffees and teas.
Casbah Colada– Havana Silver Rum, fresh lime, pineapple juice, garnished with Coconut Rose foam & edible gold
Mandarin Whisky Cocktail- Yamazaki 12 Years Single Malt, Cointreau, Shao Xing Rice wine, Angostura Bitter
Timeless Classic- Mojito: Cachaca, fresh Lime, Mint leaves, Brown Sugar & Soda
Casbah presents as an appealing venue for enjoying some evening cocktails or drinks with friends in sophisticated opulence, sharing some tapas and mezze, or as part of a complete night out combining chill out drinks and food at Casbah with the late night clubbing scene at the adjacent Sultan Lounge.
CASBAH at Mandarin Oriental KL
Address: Lobby Level, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre ( KLCC), 50088 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
Reservations: +603. 2380 8888
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 6:00 pm ~ 2:00 am