Solaris Dutamas houses a pletohora of cafes and restaurants that leaves us spoilt for choices when it comes to deciding where to eat there. My last eating adventure in Solaris Dutamas brought me to the grounds MANDALA Cafe and Bar
, located at Block D… the quieter block of Solaris Dutamas. A cosy ambiance greets you as you step into the cafe, furnished with modern wooden theme and features a split-level dining.
The split-level dining makes it perfect to have parties and gatherings there because it is an enclosed private area which can fit approximately 10 persons there comfortably. Speaking of which, it’s a good idea to have family dinners here too like how I did with my family. It has a cosy ambiance with soft music playing in the background and I got to spend time with my family. 🙂
The wine rack is situated on this dining area which makes it a perfect backdrop for those Instagram-worthy pictures. If you saw my Instagram’s post recently on https://www.instagram.com/itscarmenhong/, I posted a picture which was taken with another backdrop there. 🙂 Their black walls make it ideal for those pictures opportunities.
We were introduced to some of the best sellers at MANDALA Cafe and Bar. The type of cusisine here are more on the Western side, so you can expect a number of the crowd’s favourite like pasta and grilled chicken. Now, how does the food fare? Read more on my detailed review below.
Food, oh food!
Black Angel Pasta with Grilled Chicken | RM18
For the fan of herbs, you’ll probably find the Black Angel Pasta with Grilled Chicken
to your liking. The spaghetti is coated generously with various kind of herbs. The inspiration behind the name of this pasta came from the look of the dish.
Grilled Chicken with Buttermilk Sauce | RM20
Mandala’s twist to the comfort food of grilled chicken is to serve it with buttermilk sauce
. The grilled chicken was very well marinated and there was hints of liquid aminos used in the chicken. That taste is a very unique one, and not many restaurants used these kind of marinate. As for the buttermilk sauce,
it is actually spicy and a unique combination indeed.
Fried Chicken Wings | RM18
These chicken wings were cooked in the style of Korean fried chicken but less flour was used. I’d prefer it that way and I loved the sweet honey garlic sauce that coated the wings. It was applied evenly, with a light crispy thin coating. It was so delicious we ordered a second plate. The wings were a combination of sweet and savoury, topped with sesame seeds.
Lemon, Garlic and Butter Mussels | RM33
The mussels dishes that I have usually seen in restaurants comes in a potful of soups, but this version at MANDALA Cafe and Bar
has very minimal soup. But the soup packs a punch in flavour, so the best way to eat it is to scoop some of the soup to coat the mussels before eating. It’s also recommended to dip the bread into the soup!
Golden Soft Shell Crab Spaghetti | RM28
Golden Soft Shell Crab Spaghetti | RM28
When this arrived I was overjoyed to see the whole soft shell crab perched gloriously on the bed of spaghetti. More often than not, the soft shell crab are served in chunks versus the complete crab. So being able to eat the whole crab feels like an absolute luxury. At first look, the spaghetti looks just like any normal spaghetti except that it was anything but that.
Drinks, the elixir of life!
Unlike other cafes, MANDALA Cafe and Bar differs from them as it’s also a bar where you can expect wines and cocktails mixes by the bartender. Currently there is a promotion for ladies to redeem a free cocktail!
| Blue Lagoon |
| Sex on the Beach |
From 15th January 2018 to 13th February 2018, ladies will have to like their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MandalaPublika/ and check in whilst you’re there. It’s that easy, and when it is completed, show it to the staffs! There are three types of cocktails to be chosen; Blue Lagoon, Pink Mandala, Sex On The Beach.
There are two types of house pouring wine ; one for red (Chateau Haut Riot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (France)) and another for white (Chateau Haut Riot Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (France). You can enjoy a nice glass of wine to wind down after a long day, or just chill with your friends with some wine. There are also many other wine selections available.
Others (ie. Promotions)
Remember how I mentioned about the split-level dining being a good place to have your events or parties? Well, there is actually an even more exclusive area which is the VIP room. It’s a spacious, private room which is filled with comfortable plush sofa all around. Usage of this room is available with a minimum spending, do enquire within.
Besides the cocktail promotion
for the ladies, there is another promotion where if you dine with more than 4 persons, you will be able to redeem a free appetizer
. Everyone will have to like their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MandalaPublika/
and show it to the staff! Just like that and you get to enjoy a plate of complimentary appetizer of the day.
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MANDALA Cafe & Bar
// D3-G3-8, Solaris Dutamas, No.1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia //
// 603- 6419 0382 //
Open daily from 11AM to 1AM