Saturday, 26 March 2011

Restaurant Review: Mandala

Location: 133 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Phone: +61 3 98279297
Cuisine: Ethnic Fusion
Overall Impression: 5/10

Decided to have dinner with J at this restaurant. Ambience wise, this is quite a nice restaurant. Cute fittings and fixtures. Its a bit noisy for my liking but overall, it was a good night out. The menu comprises of a range of Asian food and some western food as well. Don't expect a 'fine dining' experience and you will be alright!
Entrée:Okra Fritters Chicpea batter okra cubes with apple tamarind chutney
This dish was quite bland. Lacked basic seasoning - salt and pepper.
Main: Soft Shell CrabWith pickled plum, toasted peanuts, cherry tomato
This was a highlight for me. The softshell crab was crisp on the outside and deliciously moist on the inside. Yum!
Main: Slow Cooked Lamb ShankWith spiced bokchoy, wombok and market vegetables
This is an example of an attempted fusion dish. It tasted alright but it wasn't anything special.
Dessert: Pistachio Kulfi With wild berries and mango puree
A bit too creamy for my liking. The 'pistachio' bit of the kulfi was overpowered by the large amount of cream in that Kulfi. I guess its a matter of taste since J liked it.
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