Marini’s on 57 Bar: Round Two. Earlier entry: June 26.

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Battered Whitebait

While waiting for Marini’s on 57 Italian Restaurant to open at Petronas Tower 3 (soon, they say!), we’ve satiated our cravings at the 57th-floor bar here, ordering basic pastas and bar bites like these beautifully battered whitebait (RM25++), served with delicious sea salt and chive dips.

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Bruschetta Sampler

Bruschetta sampler, piled impressively with tuna and balsamic vinegar, tomatoes and olive tapenade. Pricey at RM28++, but truly tasty, thanks to the fresh, flavorsome toppings.

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Burrata Cheese Salad

Burrata cheese salad (RM52++), the flavor of the year for every top-flight Italian eatery in KL.

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Monte Verdi Pennoni

Simple but satisfying: Monte Verdi pennoni, a slightly larger version of penne, tossed with seafood in tomato herb sauce (RM45++). Probably as good as a recipe like this can get in KL.

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Duck Breast and Truffle Oil Orecchiette

Orecchiette with duck breast and truffle oil (RM38++). Marini’s full-fledged restaurant, likely to launch before Ramadan, is expected to feature not one but two Italian chefs. Not sure if they’re toiling in the kitchen already, but the pastas here are fairly flawless.

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Porcini Fresine

Slick, slurp-worthy strands of fresine, partnered with porcini (RM38++). It’s unclear whether these recipes are representative of what the restaurant will offer; let’s cross our fingers that there’ll be more uncommon offerings from various Italian regions.

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Cheese Platter

Cheese platter (RM45++), very nice. A life without cheese would be a blander one.

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Four-Item Dessert Platter

Marini’s four-item dessert platter (RM22++) is well worth ordering, featuring the creamiest of tiramisus and the smoothest of panna cottas …

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… alongside a decadence-assured chocolate mud cake and delight-affirming lemon tart.

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Happy Hour

The 57 Sour, at RM25++ during the 4pm-9pm happy hour stretch.

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The Sangria might not look like much, but it’s not watered down at all.

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As dusk falls, Marini’s Melon Sundown might be the perfect cocktail to sip.

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Chivas whiskey and a Marini’s Breeze elderflower-and-apple mocktail.

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Absolut vodka and Beefeater gin.

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Mumm Brut champagne and Coste Delle Plaie Bianco.

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Location and Contact Details

Marini’s on 57

Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 2161 2880

Find: Contact details and map of Marini’s on 57 here.

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