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THERE is a new executive chef at Thirty Two at The Mansion, and he is cooking up a storm with a new selection of sophisticated, continental fare, that has long been a hallmark of the acclaim-ed restaurant.
Dutch Mathijs Nanne joined up two months ago and wasted little time in revamping the menu — crafting countless new dishes whilst enhancing some old ones, and keeping a few time-honoured crowd favourites.
“It’s about maintaining the standards we’re known for, and trying to take it even higher. I’m always eager to explore new tastes and cooking techniques, to keep things fresh and exciting.
“My dishes are drawn mainly from European cooking, but with an eclectic mix of influences. I like incorporating local ingredients into dishes, as they give it a good burst of flavours,” he enthused.
Case in point is the Oven Baked Cod, served with roasted sweet potato, tomato and young mango salad, and yellow curry spices. The infusion of Western and Asian elements makes it light and tasty, and is a great option for seafood lovers.
Alternatively, the BBQ Beef Ribs with slow cooked potato, carrot and ginger bud puree, braised peas and Vietnamese mint, offers a heartier indulgence. The succulent meat pairs well with the fresh burst of accompaniments.
Besides the tasty mains, there is also a
good variety of new appetisers to try. One of them, the Salad of Roasted Peach Tomato with rocket, marinated feta and green olive oil emulsion should be a treat for the health-conscious.
Alternative, enjoy the seafood medley that is Ceviche of King Prawn, Seared Squid, Scallop and Picked Blue Swimmer Crab, served with watercress, shaved fennel, water chestnut and vanilla dressing.
For desserts, one can hardly go wrong with the Coffee and Cardamom Poached Pear with flourless chocolate cake, coconut and rum granita, and raspberry. The contrast of cold and warm, soft and chewy, and sweet and tangy, is a delight for the palate.
“These small little details can do wonders in perking up a dish’s flavours,” said Chef Nanne, adding that diners should also try their range of homemade ice creams.
Regular guests should also be pleased to know that popular classics like Crab Laksa, Six Spice Marinated BBQ Chicken, and Sticky Toffee Pudding, still remain.
Apart from the ala carte menu, available only for dinner, there are also Daily Specials which the chef says will give everyone “something new to look forward to”.
For lunch, they serve only three-course Executive Set Lunches priced from RM32++ to RM52++. There are also four-course Set Dinners, priced from RM70++ and RM105++. Both are available daily.
General manager Steven Lim said the restaurant — which can cater for up to 150 pax, is strategically located in the heart of town and has ample parking — is available for booking for corporate functions, wedding receptions or parties.
Housed in the restored, Leong Yin Kean Mansion along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Thirty Two boasts a unique, multi-space layout — with the Courtyard, Stables, Opium Den, Gazebo and VIP Room each offering a different ambience.
Couples may also enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day set dinner priced at RM160++ per pax. A 10% discount will be given for paid reservations before Feb 10.
For inquiries or reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04-2622232.
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