Mandarin Grill at the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur Unveils a Culinary Delight: Chef Johnson Wong from Gēn根 Takes the Stage

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Mandarin Grill, nestled within the luxurious confines of the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, is thrilled to introduce its latest Four-Hands collaboration. This exciting venture highlights the talents of Chef Johnson Wong from gēn根, a celebrated dining establishment renowned for its innovative culinary experiences in Malaysia.

The name “Gēn,” meaning “ground roots” in Chinese, mirrors Chef Johnson’s culinary philosophy. He passionately champions the use of an array of natural, locally-sourced ingredients from Malaysia. His dedication to incorporating the freshest seasonal ingredients is evident in his creations, which pay homage to traditional Malaysian flavors, all while accentuating the bold, unadulterated taste of the ingredients themselves.

John Kitchens, the Hotel Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are incredibly delighted to have Chef Johnson and his talented team join us. We’ve witnessed his extraordinary culinary skills and how he can transform our top-tier luxury hotel in KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. We are also eager to see the collaborative efforts between Chef Johnson and our new Chef de Cuisine, Rafael Martinez Millan, who we believe will elevate the Mandarin Grill to new culinary heights.”

Chef Rafael, who brings a wealth of experience from his time at renowned 5-star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants, brings a fresh perspective to the Mandarin Grill. His culinary artistry, inventive presentations, and commitment to sourcing only the finest ingredients are set to leave an indelible mark on the dining experience. With his extensive background, he aspires to tantalize taste buds and elevate the dining experience to new heights.

From November 16 to 18, don’t miss the exclusive menu crafted by Chef Johnson and Chef Rafael, available for both lunch and dinner at the Mandarin Grill. The dinner experience is priced at RM588 per person, while lunch is offered at RM288 per person. For a truly unforgettable dining experience, consider adding the optional wine pairing for RM328 per person. Make your reservation by calling +60 (3) 2330 8888 or emailing

Prepare your palate for an extraordinary culinary journey, featuring the following delectable creations:

Amuse Bouche

GINGER FLOWER: Sea prawn, oyster sauce, tomato berries
CANNOLO: Filo pastry, strawberry, anchovies
SKIPJACK TUNA: Sesame oil, leek, brassica
BRIOCHE TOAST: Eggplant, Black Angus, peanut sauce


BELCHERI OYSTER: Mountain yam, mussel broth, fennel seed


PAELLA: Beef paella, Red wine sauce


CORAL GROUPER: Buah kulim, lotus, nasturtium


AGED DUCK BREAST: Chestnut cream, morels, green papaya


JOSEPHINE PINEAPPLE: Soy sauce, chili, ice plant


MANGO: Sweet curry sauce, seeds

Petit Four

– Guava, sea grape
– Nutmeg, doughnut
– Chocolate Meliga cookie
– Ginger Marshmallow

Discover a symphony of flavors and artistic culinary presentations at the Mandarin Grill. Book your culinary journey today and savor this exceptional dining experience or get more information at +60 (3) 2330 8888, email

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