M Marini Caffe, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

M Marini Caffe, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
M Marini Caffe

M Marini Caffe
Caviar, Champagne, Caffe

M Marini Caffe is unashamedly a place to be seen. Set on the
concourse of the third tower in KLCC, between lush labels such as Cartier and
Armani, there’s nothing secretive about it. This grand opulent habitat is a nest
for the best dressed, perfectly manicured, and most magnificent flock in Kuala
Lumpur. Lavishly decorated and serving nothing but the finest caviar, champagne
and cuisine money can buy, it gets The Yum List award for the Swankiest Café in
Marble topped tables supported by dark wooden frames are bordered
with Victorian style upholstered chairs and simply dressed with glass vases of delicate
floral arrangements. Life-size sculptures add intrigue to the compact space and
a backdrop of a picturesque canal scene brings the beauty of Venice to the
dining table.
Candelabras rise from the white marble bar where fresh items
of extravagance can be gawked at before making a selection. Crustaceans, caviar
and other “frutti di mare” are on
ice, baring their glamour in the hope of being the next chosen. This is where
we begin our journey through a snippet of M Marini Caffe’s menu.
From the Crustacean Bar comes a combination of Fresh
Crevettes (shrimp) and Irish Oysters (RM98++). A trio of sauces supplies three
distinct intensities in savor from tart to creamy. Our favourite has the most
tang and the prettiest colour – Raspberry and Shallots – and goes wonderfully
with the plump oysters. The Japanese Cocktail Dressing adds a level of
creaminess to the condiments with finely chopped onion, yoghurt, chili, paprika,
mayonnaise and vinegar perfectly see-sawing between sharp and creamy. The third
sauce, Aurora is the richest and matches best with the shrimp – Worcestershire
sauce, tomato ketchup and mayonnaise blend faultlessly in this classic.
M Marini Caffe, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Crevettes and Oysters
Tuna Tartar (RM68++), from the Crudo
(raw) menu is served with a special yuzu sauce, salmon caviar, ripe avocado,
soy sauce, olive oil, salt and pepper. Beautiful bold presentation sees the
dish arrive on a giant fan shell atop a bowl of ice. A de-capped quail egg and
a fabric wrapped half lemon await to be added by our waiter tableside, ensuring
the freshest serving. This is a wonderful dish and crisp micro-greens serve to
enhance the naturally vibrant flavours.
M Marini Caffe, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Tuna Tartar
The Small Fillers menu lists a number of light bites.
Capellini Sevruga Caviar (RM228++) with oyster and truffle oil, chives and
crème fraiche is meant for enjoying slowly. We drag out each forkful, trying to
make the flavours last in one of the most costly pasta dishes we’ve ever
consumed. The delicate strands of slim capellini provide an elegant base,
allowing the dominating flavours of the land and sea to shine. Sevruga caviar
makes the top three list of the most expensive varieties in the world, hence our
desire to savor every egg. A pearly silver hue reflects off the tiny balls and
their salty finish ensure only a few are needed to supply flavour to the entire
M Marini Caffe, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Capellini Sevruga Caviar
Petuna Ocean Trout (RM68++) is one of the favourites in the Secondi
(main) section. This fish, from the chilly waters of southern Tasmania, is
branded as the “Wagyu of the Sea.” Plentiful marbling between the bold coral
flesh results in a rich creamy mouthfeel. The clean flavour requires a delicate
cooking technique to maintain its purity and preserve moisture. Sealed in a
plastic bag and slowly cooked, sous-vide, at precisely 63 degrees Celsius for
seven minutes, brings the desired outcome. The crisp fennel salad accompaniment
is wonderful – strung with tiny cubes of potato, French bean slices and cherry
tomato halves. Plated splendidly on an earthy toned rectangular ceramic, smooth
grey rocks are stacked at either end and, bright petite balls of ocean trout
caviar add a splash of colour to the top and a juicy burst in the mouth.
M Marini Caffe, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Petuna Ocean Trout
We end our food indulgence with a classic from the Dolci –
Sweets section, a traditional Tiramisu (RM22++). Savoiardi biscuits are soaked
in espresso, generously coated with mascarpone and dusted with cacao powder. A
rainbow of fresh berries liven the white plating and a brush stroke of thick
chocolate sauce makes deliciously edible adornment.  
M Marini Caffe, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Done with food, but still a little thirsty we opt for two
cocktails – a bubbly based number for hubby and, a coffee founded finish for
me. Just in Thyme (RM48++) is introduced in a tall Champagne glass filled with
bubbly, grapefruit juice, peach puree, in-house made thyme syrup and festooned
with a sprig of fresh herbs. Unexpectedly we find the fruity additions don’t
overpower the Champagne and decide it a well-balanced and very pleasant beverage. Amore (RM48++) combines Baileys, espresso, soya milk
and a touch of truffle oil in a martini glass. Three coffee beans float on top and
the truffle and soy establish an earthy subtlety against the coffee foundation.
M Marini Caffe, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
M Marini Caffe Cocktails – Just in Thyme and Bailey’s Coffee
Besides seafood, M Marini Caffe also serves up a notable
breakfast – but more on that another time. High Tea is a further option served
daily from 3pm – 5pm including a three-tiered tray of sweets and savouries and,
a pot of tea, for RM48++ per person. We’ve sampled a set and found the Orange
Cheesecake to be our most favoured item.
M Marini Caffe, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Orange Cheesecake
M Marini Caffe, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Macaron from the High Tea Set
All in all, M Marini Caffe is surprisingly not as expensive
as the word on the street would have you believe. Yes, there are dishes for the
fat-walleted, but there are also reasonably priced items too. We consider it an
elegant location for a refined afternoon with a few close friends or your
Reasons to visit:
Just in Thyme (Champagne cocktail); Petuna Ocean Trout; Tuna Tartar; Tiramisu;
Orange Cheesecake.
M Marini Caffe
LC-G04 Ground Floor
Suria KLCC
Persiaran KLCC
50088 Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 2386 6030
+6 017 688 0167

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  1. Look so tempting!!
    especially the Tiramisu~~ <3

  2. wah looks so good. any food that can potentially cause me gout, i love.

  3. A typical tuna tartar with advokado. I am a bit surprised of the trout, would like to try it.


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