As the elevator doors opened on the 57th floor there was no time to relax in the plush leather waiting chairs as we were quickly ushered through to our table at one of Kuala Lumpur’s hottest new restaurants – Marini’s on 57.
Waiters stood patiently by our table, a synchronised show as we were seated and napkins placed with a flourish onto our laps and left only with the decision about what to eat, and if we wanted our meals paired with wines by their in-house sommelier.
As we waited for our ordered meals – the choice between the seasonal set menu or their a la carte menu – it was hard not to gaze out of the floor to ceiling windows across the city below. Sitting next to the twin Petronas Towers, the view is nothing short of stunning, especially as the sun sinks and the cities lights begin to turn on or experienced from the outside drinking area after dark.
It was the food we came for though. I played it safe with Carpaccio Alla Marini’s – thinly sliced beef Carpaccio with rucola, parmesan and Venetian style home-made grain mustard, Tagliolini Con Parmigiano E Tartuffo – tagliolini pasta with parmesan, clarified butter and shaved Alba black truffles offering a beautiful creamy flavoured, and my favourite – Filetto Di Wagyu “Master Kobe” – 500 day grain-fed Kobe beef tenderloin with a marble score of 11, served with baby vegetables, served medium-rare (photo above).
As we had chosen the wine pairing option, each of our meals were expertly paired by the in-house sommelier. As someone who isn’t much of a drinker it was a great lesson in how the right drink can really enhance a meal.
While the food was amazing, for the high price I expected more. The plate of Kobe was close to AU$90 and well… it was a little on the small side. If I were to come back I’d consider a set menu with paired wine pairing which were better value.
One of the main reasons the prices are so high seems to be not just the exclusivity of the menu but also that many of the items are flown in from countries such as Italy, Australia and Iran, as well as priding themselves as having unique dishes – at the time of writing Ostrich is on the menu.
Marini’s, which opened in 2012, offers three spaces to suit everyone’s taste. The restaurant for fine Italian dining; whisky and cigar lounge is more suitable for business meetings with its fat lounges and what will soon be the countries largest whisky and cigar collections; and the bar – the place to sample the latest cocktails in an electric atmosphere, complete with in-house DJ.
Which would you choose – the Italian restaurant, bar or cigar & whisky lounge?
Marini’s on 57
Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
For the latest menus and pricing check their website.
Reservations are highly recommended.