Classic elegance of cocktail bar exudes style and relaxed sophistication
November 29th, 2012
Exceptional dining and drinking experiences are one of the defining features of the luxury global hotel brand- Mandarin Oriental. Taking their cue from the founding flagship Hong Kong property, Mandarin Oriental properties in Asia, Europe and the Americas are home to numerous Michelin starred restaurants and other outstanding dining options, complimented at each property by stylishly elegant bars and lounges. The MO Bar is a signature bar concept of the group- and can be found at Mandarin Oriental properties across the globe- ranging from New York, Geneva, and Jakarta, to Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Offering a discerning clientele a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere for enjoying perfectly executed drinks, the MO Bars are perennially popular meeting places for after-work drinks and early evening aperitifs, or late night cocktails.
The MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur exudes the “signature” style and elegance of its international sibling bars, with a sophisticated interior of plush sofas and armchairs, an eminently sleek bar, with the discrete and comfortable atmosphere reminiscent of a private members club. The space has an intimate scale, and with an outlook over the verdant tropical greenery of the inner city KLCC Park- a sense of tranquility pervades. Sharing its lobby level entrance with the renowned Mandarin Grill restaurant ( one of an extraordinary total of ten different dining venues within the hotel), MO Bar features a compact bar to one side of its entrance, and a glass encased wine cellar and grand piano on the other. A few steps lead down to a lower level lounge space of comfortable armchair and sofa settings with a full height glass wall overlooking the exterior parkland. The distinctive bar counter is crafted with a veneer of inlaid pen shell from Bali, and topped with polished granite. The sculptured wall of gleaming chromed stainless steel adds a dramatic reflective feature to the bar space.
MO Bar serves, with outstanding professionalism, an extensive drinks list that includes classic and sumptuous signature cocktail creations, energising and refreshing fresh fruit-based mocktails, an impressive selection of aged Scottish and Japanese single malt whiskeys, and a solid wine list. Adding an enticing element of culinary distinction are the delicious “designer bar bites” created by Executive Chef Reto Weber of the adjoining Mandarin Grill. Nightly (except Sundays) a pianist plays classical music as a sophisticated accompaniment to the ambience of the bar.
MO Bar is open daily from midday to midnight- an ideal spot for quiet afternoon meetings, early evening drinks and after hours cocktails.
The MO Bar interior
Entrance to MO Bar and Mandarin Grill from the main Lobby level
Glass encased wine cellar at the entrance to MO Bar, with piano in foreground
The table seating section- looking back towards the bar
The lower section of MO Bar features comfortable armchairs and sofa seating.
The full height glass windows overlook the lush greenery of the KLCC park
Selections from the Drinks Menu
Berrylicious- Seasonal Berries, Cranberry, Lime, Soda Water. Mocktail
Kaffir Lime Mule- Russian Standard Vodka, Lime, Sugar ,kaffir lime leaf, House Made Ginger Beer
Brazilian Mule- Cachaca 51, Apple, Lime, Vanilla Syrup, Apple Syrup, House Made Ginger Beer
Moment of Zen- Peach Puree, Pineapple, Lime, House Made Ginger Beer. Mocktail.
Serenity Now- Kaffir Lime Leaves, Kumquat, Lime, Orange, Sugar. Mocktail.
Island Obsession- Belvedere Citrus, Cranberry, Lime, Passion Fruit Puree.
1880’s Colonial Time Mojito- Havana 7 years, Mint, Lime, Sugar, Earl Grey.
Selections from the Aged Scottish and Japanese Single Malt Whiskys
Highlights from the “Chef Reto Weber Bar Snack Recommendation” menu
MO BAR SEAFOOD TAPAS- Balik Salmon, Sea Trout Caviar, Tsarskaya Oyster, Champagne Granite, Spanish Style River Prawn.
ALASKAN KING CRAB – THREE WAYS- Sea Trout Tartar, Mango-Chili Salsa; Avocado-Cucumber Remoulade
TIC TAC TOE- Asian inspired Macaroon, Hazelnut Truffle, Frozen Lollipop
MO Bar 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: Monday to Sunday 12:00pm ~ 12:00 am
Live Music : Nightly except Sundays – pianist plays classical music
Dress Code: Smart casual