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Vanity Mansion Restaurant & Clublounge

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Vanity Mansion Restaurant & Clublounge

To quote Jane Austin from Pride & Prejudice , “Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. And we do want you to think highly of Vanity Mansion.”

Lush. Luxurious. Rich. Decadent…

Downright sinful…

And that’s just the deco.

I walked up the stone paved path and through the glass doors of Vanity Mansion Restaurant and Clublounge, located just off Heritage Row, on the quiet Jalan Kamunting. I was immediately blown away by the sheer elegance of my surroundings.

The walls are adorned with luscious wallpaper, the ceilings ornate chandeliers.

Floor to ceiling paintings of sensual images of beautiful ladies, mounted in extravagant frames add a touch of French ‘Boudoir’ feel to the place.

Vanity Mansion opened its doors about 4 months ago, and boasts a variety of different areas for you to spend your evening. The ground floor is where you can enjoy an intimate fine dining meal, and afterwards relax in the clublounge towards the back of the mansion.

Upstairs are 7 karaoke rooms, each one individually fashioned after the 7 Deadly Sins.

A closer look at the menu revealed that house specialty cocktails were also designed and names after wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.

Sue, our gentle host for the evening, suggested we eat first and tour later.

Snacking on some sliced bread and butter with basil pesto, I browsed through the extensive wine list.

They may have a small food menu, but whatever your budget, you can be assured you’ll find a bottle to complement your dinner.

Chef Amin heads up the kitchen, and comes from a background of fine dining cuisine.

Previously in the kitchen at Frangipani at Changkat Bukit Bintang, he is now, one month in, bringing healthy, fresh food to the tables of Vanity Mansion. Chef Amin plans to expand the menu, adding dishes every 3 months and removing items that prove to be less popular. It sounded like a good strategy, and we eagerly awaited our first course.

We were also joined by in-house Deejay Reggie, a loyal employee of the establishment for over 20 years.

Reggie shed some light on the direction Vanity Mansion was taking with its new look, appealing to today’s market of combining and elegant evening with late night music and drinks. “Have you seen the bathroom upstairs?” he asked. We admitted that we had not, but promised to on our tour after dinner.

Han (Red Weekends) and I were served our first course, one of the nine starters on the menu that ranged from RM 24 up to RM 48.

Starter – Crispy Soft Shell Crab with avocado cream salsa and dried tomato watercress salad (RM 32)

It was a pleasant way to start the meal. The crab was fresh, and the tasty batter made up of coriander powder, tempura flour and salt and pepper. It was tasty, with a slight smoky aftertaste. The avocado cream salsa was smooth and creamy, and the watercress salad added freshness to the dish.

As we chatted about the dramatic changes the mansion had undergone, owners Ryzal and Mike popped by to say hello, and offer us a taste of some new items soon to be added to the menu. A fat and juicy burger with homemade sauces. They said their goodbyes as our second course arrived.

Starter – Pan Seared Foie Gras with sherry caramelized apple tart tartine and spiced chocolate sauce (RM 48)

I love foie gras. Love. And here at Vanity Mansion, Chef Amin cooks it just right. Nicely seared on the outside and soft and pink in the middle. The caramelized apple has a very intense flavour, slightly bitter yet sweet at the same time. It was difficult to resist such a fragrant dish, as whiffs of chocolate and spices drifted up from the plate. A lovely combination of ingredients.

Main – Pan seared hickory smoked salmon on potato gratin and crispy leek, with herb beurre blanc sauce (RM 60)

From the main course section, you can choose from seven dishes that range from the RM 52 Roasted duck breast in Grand Marnier orange glaze, to the most expensive Grass fed Angus Tenderloin with porcini mushroom at RM 75. I noticed the Pan seared organic chicken breast with black truffle sabayon sauce served with black truffle fettuccine pasta was priced at only RM 58.

I later asked Chef Amin how it was possible for that dish to be so affordable, as black truffles from France are between RM 6,000 to RM 8,000 per kilo. “Ah,” he replied. “We import our truffles from China. It’s good quality, and it allows us to make the dish affordable.”

Most of the ingredients used at Vanity Mansion are imported, as was our salmon that was very succulent. A nice, uncomplicated dish that was full of flavour. The velvety potato gratin really added body to the lightly scorched fish, while the leek gave a hint of onion and added texture to the dish.

Pasta – Beef Lasagna with nutmeg tomato sauce

I asked Sue what her favourite dish on the menu was, and she immediately replied “Pasta!”. Chef Amin offers 6 different pastas, with familiar favourites like Spaghetti Bolognaise (RM 28), Spaghetti alle vongole (RM 30), and Fettuccine Carbonara with chive egg yolk glaze and smoked salmon (RM 38).

Han and I were treated to the very meaty beef lasagna, layered with a nutmeg tomato based meat sauce, creamy béchamel and al dente sheets of lasagna. It was smothered with mozzarella cheese and baked to a golden brown crisp. It is a very filling dish, but still too good to share.

Dessert – Chocolate mousse with lime cinnamon crème Chantilly and vanilla sauce

The desserts were lovely. Dainty, well presented and satisfying to the sweet tooth.

Dessert – Crème Brule with chocolate genoise and angel hair sugar

With this dessert, Chef Amin explained to us that he tried to break the traditional mould of the creme brulee by taking  the original recipe and fashioning it into something unique.

Dinner was over, and keeping our promise to Reggie, we headed upstairs to check out the karaoke rooms, and of course the infamous bathroom.

The sheer size of it was impressive, but what was even more impressive was the plush fittings.

We wandered around and took it the beautiful effort that had gone into making Vanity Mansion just that little bit more special than anywhere else.

If you feel like getting cozy with your loved one, or simply splurging out on an evening with friends, this is the place for you. A spot of dinner, a little karaoke, maybe some dancing… Hey, it’s all there, under one roof, at Vanity Mansion Restaurant & Clublounge.

Starting Monday 3rd May, tune in from Eleven2Three to win RM100 vouchers to Vanity Mansion Restaurant & Clublounge on Jalan Kamunting. It’s The Big Red Food Review, with me Aly. Only On Red FM, Today’s Best Music.


Vanity Mansion Restaurant & Clublounge

18-26 Jalan Kamunting,

50300 Kuala Lumpur



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May 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm

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