Friday, 16 November 2012

Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marini's on 57
Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marini's on 57 Restaurant
Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
View from the Bar

Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marini's on 57 Lounge
Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tagliolini con Parmiggiano Creama e Tartufo RM220
Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fegato Grasso con Salsa al Vino Caramelizzato at RM98
Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Guanciale di Bue Stufato al Chianti  RM168
Marini's on 57, KLCC
Panna Cotta Fresh Raspberry RM22
Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The 57 Sour (bourbon, egg white, passionfruit) & Marini’s Sangaree (gin, rosemary, Taylors Tawny Port) – happy hour special RM25
Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Al fresco area with a view
Marini’s on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“There can’t be a good living where there is no good drinking”

Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Outdoor Area
Towering above all other food and beverage outlets in town, Marini’s on 57 is the latest in vogue place to be. A super convenient location in the heart of the city sees the crowds flock after work and the multitude only thickens as the evening progresses.

Divided into three sections, restaurant, bar and lounge alongside three uncanopied al fresco areas, guests can take their pick of location depending on their mood. Although, you better know your mood two weeks in advance, as that is what it is takes to get yourself a table at Marini’s on 57 – at least in the case of the restaurant. Only seating 70, it’s highly recommended to book ahead of time.

The lounge features dark wood, sofas and floor to ceiling whisky shelves. The restaurant is decked out in neutral hues providing an elegant dining scene and the bar is bright and boppy. The menus differ between all three and the ambiences are distinctly different. Whisky and cigars are the norm for the lounge, cocktails and light bites including terrifically thin crusted pizzas are the thing at the bar and expensive fine Italian dining and a comprehensive wine list are featured in the restaurant.

Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Twin Tower View
Those on a budget are well advised to head straight to the bar for sunset specials. For the financially endowed patrons, an exclusive seat in the restaurant with exquisite service, exquisite meals and exquisite prices might be more suited to those with a purse full of platinum cards. Either way, service and views remain a real attraction and Marini’s on 57 is worth checking out.

Seated at the bar, we sampled cocktails constructed by a talented mixologist, Junior. Twelve signature concoctions, alongside a number of classics, were what I call “mature” beverages. Not a fan of the overly sweet mixes geared towards new drinkers found all over the city, I was quite fond of the few we tried at Marini’s on 57. The 57 Sour, Marini’s Sangaree, Bali Hali and Hibiscus Daisy were all inventive, moderately sweetened and had enough alcohol to be detected in the first sip but not over powering.

Culinary master, Chef Federico Michieletto has a long history of awesomeness and heads up the crew at Marini’s on 57. The dishes we tried from the restaurant were nothing short of delicious. Tagliolini con Parmiggiano Creama e Tartufo is not in everybody’s wallet range at RM220 a bowl but is a truly formidable dish comparable with any I’ve tried in Italy or Italian fine dining kitchens around the world. Thin ribbons of homemade pasta were generously coated with parmesan flakes, cream, egg yolk and shaved black truffle.

Marini's on 57, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hibiscus Daisy RM40
 Bali Hali RM38
The Fegato Grasso con Salsa al Vino Caramelizzato blew our taste buds into a slobbery frenzy. The pan fried duck liver served with apple and caramelized wine was presented as a rectangle on a stick looking much like a decadent nut coated ice cream. Biting into the wedge felt much the same. The creamy luxurious paste hid a surprising tang with a stream of caramelized wine released from the centre upon first bite.

Guanciale di Bue Stufato al Chianti was a supremely rich and tender boulder of wagyu beef cheeks with stewed turnips and chianti sauce on a potato mash. Full bodied, this dish was too much for me to finish, much to hubby’s delight who swiftly licked the bowl clean.

Splendidly pleased with the service, views and food, my only complaint about the bar is the amount of smoke. I’m guessing on a clear night that would be eased with many people moving to the outer decks, however the night we dined was a drizzly one so the crowd contracted in rather than expanding out.

Smoke sensitive or not, I’d recommend you skip paying for a ticket to walk across the Skybridge, and instead take a bird’s eye view of it by booking a table at Marini’s on 57 for some of the best views and service in town.

Marini's on 57, KLCC, tower 3
Diavola Pizza – tomato, mozzarella, chicken ham, artichokes
, mushrooms RM45
Reason to visit: highest bar/ restaurant/ lounge in the city, incredible views, the hip place to be in KLCC

Marini’s on 57
Level 57 Menara 3 Petronas
Persiaran KLCC
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
T +603 2386 6030 
F +6 03 2161 2998

22 comments:

  1. Ooooo...nice! Alamak, tha pannacotta!!!! I want! I want!

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    1. You sound just like my hubby - loves the creamy stuff!

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  2. I have no idea what is Fegato Grasso con Salsa al Vino Caramelizzato but is sure looks good! =)

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    1. Pan fried duck liver - sure does look pretty.

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  3. Ahh more people should use the word "boppy" to describe decor :) The food looks rather splendid, though not sure I can quite afford the truffle pasta (wowza). There surely can't be a better view in town?

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    1. Hee! I'm sure we'll all invented a few words after writing sooo many reviews! ;-) No better view in town but yes you need to have a wad of cash for the restaurant. Still though, the bar menu is affordable.

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  4. wow... RM220 for pasta.. and check out the amount of truffles! This is one dish to splurge on....

    Love the gorgeous ambience and view!!

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    1. Yes, the bar or lounge is probably a safer option if you don't have cash to splurge. Views are equally impressive. In fact I think the view from the bar is probably the coolest.

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  5. My eyes almost popping out when I saw the price for the 1st pasta!! O.O

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    1. Mine too! Head to the bar for more accessibly priced dishes. :-)

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  6. I tried there once and I love the beautiful scenery of KL...

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  7. Oh yes, there can't be a better view of the city - not that I know of yet anyway. :-)

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  8. Yet to have dinner there. It has always been for cocktail, beer, wine...and must have pizzas:D

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    1. Pizzas are super thin crust just the way I like the :-)

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  9. wow to the duck-liver-as-ice-cream-stick dish! just when we thought that foie gras had become a cliche, marini's chef comes and makes it exciting again! :D

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  10. It looks like a fantastic place.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. You'd get some great shots of architecture here!

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  11. the view of whole kl city must be magnificient! i'd love to have a chance dining there on a romantic night ;)

    Latest: My Collection of Gold

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  12. wow! such generous amount of truffle shavings! hence the price tag :P

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  13. probably the most expensive pasta i have seen thus far. nevertheless, I will be giving it a try one day.

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  14. 220 for a pasta, the most exorbitant I have seen thus far. nevertheless, I will give it a try one day.

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