Marini’s on 57 at Petronas Tower 3: Restaurant ReviewSean Yoong
June 26, 2012
There might be no better perch in KL for sipping a Sangria while soaking up the sunset; launched this month at Petronas Tower 3, Marini’s on 57 hopes to raise the bar for what a rooftop bar and restaurant can be.
58 Floors Within 60 Seconds
The entrance to Marini’s can be best spotted from outside Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s lobby; take the express elevator, which whisks customers within 60 seconds to near the top of the 58-floor Petronas Tower 3.
Spacious, Sleek And Sleaze-Free
Spacious, sleek and sleaze-free, flooded with natural light in the early evening. Marini’s opens by 4pm everyday, closing a full 12 hours later before dawn breaks.
Marini’s on 57 features air-conditioned and alfresco areas. There’ll be separate sections for an Italian restaurant and a whiskey lounge by mid-July; we’re keen to see what those will look like.
KL’s Highest-Level Watering Hole
And for folks keeping count, yep, this is now KL’s highest-level watering hole; Skybar, Luna Bar and The View are mostly on the thirtysomething-floor of their buildings.
The trump card might be the unbeatable proximity to the Petronas Twin Towers. Positioned as both an after-work haunt and a late-night party place, Marini’s seems to require reservations for the best tables.
Bar bites here are better than average too, but as expensive as expected. Nevertheless, these French fries (RM15++) are mighty fine, especially with a moreish house-made truffle dip that’s buttery-creamy and earthy-fragrant.
Lamb kofta with harissa sauce grilled bread (RM28++). Giving the staff members here their due: service is lightning-swift and sunshine-warm.
Marini’s happy hours stretch from 4pm through 9pm. Excellent bargains include RM25++ for a glass of Prosecco La Fara …
… or a glass of Italian Coste Delle Plaie Rosso …
… or a pleasurably potent Mojito.
As more eateries work to open before Ramadan, we’re looking forward to the next few weeks.
In an eerie coincidence, this entry on Marini’s on 57 comes a day after our Midi 57 post (the former’s on the 57th floor of its skyscraper, the latter’s No. 57 on its street). Perhaps that’s a number that warrants a closer watch.
Rest assured, a few more up-in-the-air hangouts will open before 2012 is over; keep an eye out for THIRTY8 by the time the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur opens in September.
Location and Contact Details
Marini’s on 57
Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2161 2880