Superbly executed authentic local and international cuisines, served in an elegant setting that references Peranakan cultural heritage
May 27th, 2013
Since its launch in late 2011, Mosaic at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur has raised the stakes among the notable KL dining establishments. As an all day dining restaurant, Mosaic offers discerning diners an alluring combination of elegant, distinctive design complimented by an exceptional culinary experience. The restaurant serves a broad variety of cuisines- both local and international- prepared at a series of live cooking stations that blend in harmoniously within the overall design concept of Mosaic. The live cooking stations include Chinese noodle and dim sum, wok fried and steamed, pasta and cheese, tandoor oven, and charcoal grill- cooking a variety of flavorsome authentic local Asian dishes that encompass Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Japanese , as well as international dishes of grills, pastas and pizza. Set within a voluminous space accessed off the lobby level of the hotel, Mosaic features a distinctively elegant interior that exudes an understated grandeur with its generous proportions and luxurious decor- designed by acclaimed Japanese design studio- Spin Design Studio. Mosaic is open daily from 6 am- serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The design concept references the uniquely local Peranakan culture- a centuries old melting pot of Malay, Indonesian, and Chinese heritage that was centred around the historic trading port of Melaka. Drawing on the rich cultural heritage of the Peranakan, Spin Studio Design have created an exquisitely executed interior that incorporates these historical influences within a boldly stylish, contemporary decor. Elaborately detailed wall and ceiling paneling are highlighted by the spectacular array of suspended pewter pendant light fittings that extend the entire length of the upper half of the interior. Intricately carved dark timber wall screens and panels are featured, together with vibrantly colorful local artworks.
Mosaic presents diners with a choice of settings – with some smaller tables set among the interactive cooking stations, and more plush settings at banquettes and booths in the lower sections of the room. Two semi-private rooms are available for small groups or parties, discretely set within alcoves on either side of the lower dining section.
The kitchen team, under the direction of Chef de Cuisine Raymond Abou Rjeily, generate a lively buzz in their respective cooking stations- warmly interacting with guests and offering advice on the dishes. Unlike the typical hotel buffet where food is prepared in volume and kept warm on steam heaters, at Mosaic each cooking station prepares dishes in small batches, attractively presented in copper pots, woks and cast iron pans, served fresh and hot. Many dishes are cooked to order, in individual servings. Desserts are a highlight of the Mosaic experience, with the substantial dessert station positioned prominently at the hub of the restaurant space. Tempting arrays of local and international delicacies are showcased in long glass cabinets on either side of the dessert station.
The “upper” section of Mosaic features the live cooking stations on either side and with some table seating in the centre. The panoply of intricately crafted pewter lights suspended from the ceiling references the Peranakan cultural influences on the design.
Table settings in the upper section place diners in close proximity to the live cooking stations for an enthralling, interactive culinary experience.
An elegant dining space adjoining the main room- plush banquette settings across each side are generously spaced, with the high ceilings contributing abundant volume and comfort to the space. Bold local artworks with vibrant colors are featured on the walls throughout Mosaic. And intricately carved timber screens and paneled walls evoke elements of the Peranakan culture.
Plush booth settings in the lower section of the main room provide colorful contrast to the generally muted palette of the interior.
Full height glass suffuses the lower section with natural daylight- and provides relaxing views of the adjacent KLCC parklands.
Luxurious semi-private dining rooms flank either side of the lower section- offering a discrete setting behind the full height sliding carved timber screen panels.
Selected highlights from the buffet & live cooking stations
The circular Salad Bar stands in the centre of the section housing the live cooking stations
(L) The Fresh Seafood Bar- offers selections of shellfish and seafood ; and (R) Section of the Salad Bar
Wok-fried Noodles & Dim Sum live cooking station
Chinese live cooking station- authentic stir-fried and steamed dishes
Tandoor clay oven cooked specialties, plus selections of Indian curries and local Malay cuisine
Charcoal Grill- large variety of barbecue grilled meats, sausages and seafood cooked to guests order
The impressive Dessert Bar stands in the centre of the Mosaic floor space- showcasing in glass cabinets a tempting array of local and international delicacies.
Mosaic- all day dining restaurant 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
Breakfast 06:00 am ~ 10:30 am ; Lunch 12:00 pm ~ 2:30 pm; Dinner 6:30 pm ~ 10:30 pm
Dress Code: Smart casual