Friday, October 15, 2010

Mandala

Location: 133 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Phone: +61 3 98279297
Link: http://www.mandalarestaurant.com.au/
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 ok =)
Entrée:Okra FrittersChicpea 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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4 comments:

~RnR~ said...

May I know how much do u pay for all the dishes? :D

D said...

Hello RnR

The following is what we had and the prices for each dish:

To Start

Okra Fritters $8.9
Chicpea batter okra cubes with apple tamarind chutney

Mains

Slow Cooked Lamb Shank $23.5
With spiced bokchoy, wombok and market vegetables

Soft Shell Crab $20.5
With pickled plum, toasted peanuts, cherry tomato

For dessert, we both had:
Pistachio Kulfi $7.5
With wild berries and mango puree

Hope this helps!

Kind Regards,D

~RnR~ said...

Thx for the detail. I think it's quite pricey... :P

D said...

No problems! I think its on the expensive side but all things considered, the price was justified =)