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In Good Taste: Favola, Mandarin Grill, Quivo, and The Good Batch

Fuelling up on good food is always a surefire way to keep spirits up despite all the gloomy weather we’ve been experiencing in KL. So that’s what we’ve been doing! Favola in Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur has just experienced a menu refresh by Italian chef Domenico Piras, while Quivo in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur has released several new dishes following the completion of renovation works at its Pavilion Elite-facing entrance. Meanwhile, Mandarin Grill in Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is playing host to a guest chef — Stéphane Buron who currently heads two-Michelin-starred Le Chabichou in the French Alps.

Whether you consider yourself a foodie or not, here are four fantastic new dishes to wrap your tastebuds around in KL this merry month of May.

Carpaccio de Coquille Saint Jacques avec Sudachi Sorbet by Mandarin Grill

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The perfect appetiser — fresh, citrusy and one that kept us craving for more.

The dish: When life gives you (Japanese) lemons called sudachi, make great carpaccio with it. This dish by two-Michelin-starred Chef Stéphane Buron combines fresh Hokkaido scallops carpaccio with a tangy citrus and sudachi sorbet. The result is an appetiser that’s a perfect start to the meal — refreshing and so tantalising you’ll be excited to see what’s coming next. The scallops are fresh and juicy, beautifully sliced to just the right thinness. Make sure you get a little of everything — the dollops of orange, paper-thin slices of horseradish and the fruity sorbet melded with the scallop on your fork for a sweet and citrusy seafood dish.

The place: Mandarin Grill is located on the lobby level of Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, overlooking the Suria KLCC park and water feature. Book early to get a table by the windows for ample natural daylight and a beautiful, green view for a nice change. Chef Buron will be present until 6 May to serve up fine French cuisine in the form of three- and four-course lunch menus, as well as five- and seven-course dinner menus. Wine-pairing is available upon request.

Price: 3-course lunch menu at RM188 nett
4-course lunch menu at RM228 nett
5-course dinner menu at RM338 nett
7-course dinner menu at RM438 nett

Mandarin GrillGround Floor, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2179 8960

Crabby Patty by The Good Batch

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The beautiful golden yolk oozing onto the patty and the bun, is everything.

The dish: Part of the café’s all-day breakfast section, Crabby Patty comprises a fried soft shell crab, homemade potato crab cake, a sunny side-up egg, mentaiko mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce packed into two beautiful, toasted, homemade burger buns. Satisfying to say the least, biting into a bit of everything includes experiencing the slight crunch of the soft shell crab, creaminess of the potato crabcake, rich, golden goodness of the yolk, and all the drizzles of savoury mentaiko mayo and sweet chilli coming together in perfect harmony. We would definitely order this again.

The place: The Good Batch is a café and bar that’s open from 11am to 11pm from Tuesdays to Fridays, and 9am to 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It is closed on Mondays. Sit by the windows at the front of the space for natural daylight and to use the understated grey cement look as a perfect background for your #foodporn shot. The café offers a range of unconventional cocktails, such as the decadent NY Cheezie Dog, which is laden with cheesy rings, cheese, celery sticks, olives, sausage and potato chunks.

Price: RM31

The Good Batch, 53, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Sardinian Mixed Seafood Pingiadedda and Fregula by Favola

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The ultimate comfort seafood stew.

The dish: Hailing from Sardinia, Chef Domenico Piras gravitates towards sharing seafood dishes from the region. This dish uses fresh seafood like mussels, squid, prawns and fish stewed in a tomato-based broth, and comes with fregula, a type of pasta that looks a little like couscous. Perfect for the current rainy weather in KL, tuck into a bowl of this for a light-flavoured yet extremely satisfying soup. One serving can be shared between two persons if you both don’t need too much to fill you up.

The place: As you walk into Favola, the first thing you’ll see is a wine cellar (always a good sign) filled with Italian wines, and also a good variety of wines from other countries. The main attraction of the restaurant’s decor, however, is a wall adorned with Venetian masks. A few steps further in, the arches above the walkway depict a story of Strega Nona — a childhood story of how a lady’s magic pot produced so much pasta it nearly flooded the town. On the wall adjacent to the wine cellar, a classic-styled painting of the Italian Renaissance era has been brushed on, creating a beautiful backdrop for photos. The individual chairs are solid wood, covered by big red cushions.

Price: RM158

Favola, Level 8, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, No. 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2263 7434

Chocosphere by Quivo

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Chocosphere — the new ‘It’ dessert to try at Quivo.

The dish: To satiate our sweet tooth, we opted to try Quivo’s new dessert called Chocosphere — which is as literal as it gets. The ball of chocolate is filled with a decadent chocolate mousse that melts in your mouth exquisitely, and is paired with a delightful salted caramel ice cream. Sweet, sinful and indulgent, this is one chocolate dessert we’d come back for.

The place: Quivo is located just behind Kate Spade New York in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. There are al fresco seating options, as well as indoor tables and seats at the bar. Retro vibes radiate throughout the space from the black and white-tiled floor, coupled with bright red high and low chairs. We also tried its “Passionate for you” cocktail made with vodka, Aperol, lime juice, passion fruit syrup and pineapple juice, which was a refreshing concoction that encapsulated how we’d imagine summer to taste.

Price: RM20

Quivo, 3.09.02, Level 3, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2141 7711