After a day of meetings and shopping with my wife we needed a place for late lunch at 15.45. Hunting through the IFC center all the restaurants were doing "high tea" and snacks only, no real menu. So we made our way over the Mandarin Oriental and the Clipper Lounge. Seated within 5 minutes we ordered some Asian standards, Singapore Laksa and Indian Murkh Makhani Butter Chicken. Service was attentive at first and then became intrusive, 6 different staff asked me if I wanted another drink, thats too much, once I have said "not yet" once it should be enough, not to have every staff in the restaurant walk past and asking me the same question. Food was ordinary, it looked great, fantastic presentation, in fact so impressive we were both so happy to have found it. But then.... no taste, flavorless, plain and boring. So sad. neither dish had any flavor, I am sure no chilli's, anis star, cinnamon stick, cumin, cardoman or any other spices were given more than a wave over the pots of both. We asked for chilli paste to at least fix the Laksa but were given chilli sauce out of a bottle instead. Sorry but this is the Mandarin, this is high cost food and it was just not up to the taste standard we would expect. Other factors, comfort, location, decor, service in general were all excellent but the food was just "Jerd" as the Thai's would say. Disappointing
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