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Throughout each meal, the Mandarin Grill + Bar kitchen offers small bites from the chef, enough to whet your appetite for what’s ahead and leave you wanting more. After ordering our aperitif, we were served a delicate cheese croquette, which arrived on a silver platter. Before our appetizers arrived, we indulged in a trio of amuse-bouche, each plated separately and given its own twist. A Kumamoto oyster served in the shell with a dollop of soup was plated on a bed of stones; a small tin revealed two bite-sized basil herb cookies encrusted in baked Parmesan; and green gelatin shaped like an olive sat perfectly on a spoon underneath a mini olive tree. Bite in to release a salty mouthful of olive juice. Save room for the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant's petits fours, dark chocolate and truffle bites.