Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Marini's on 57 @ Petronas Tower 3

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.

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, 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.

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.







Marini's on 57,
Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2161-2880
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46 comments:

  1. Oh why the name Marini? Any ideas?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, no idea. i'm speculating that maybe it just sounds nice, and since marini is an italian surname :D

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    2. The owner is Modesto Marini. The original owner of Modesto's. His last name is Marini. This is his new restaurant, hence "Marini's".

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  2. Gosh...I'm feeling so sleep now. Wish I could just drink a few glasses of wine and go to bed.

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    1. Smitten By Food: heheh, it's happy hour at marini's right now, so you could even head here before you head home to bed :D

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  3. They might be sprucing up the place further over time, but for a location like that, they really could have done better by the decor!

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    1. Elaine: maybe they're aiming for the minimalist look, heheh =) or maybe they're saving the swanky furniture for the fine-dining italian restaurant that'll open here in a few weeks :D

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  4. Wow, what great views. I've already got my eye on that couch by the window for a glass of brandy.

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    1. The Yum List: hard liquor plus vertigo-inducing views sounds like a risky but fun combination! hope to bump into you here sometime =)

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  5. Pay RM15 fries to enjoy the magnificent view of KL!

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    1. Melissa: heheh, yeah, this is certainly a place where the ambiance is factored into the prices. the views are great though, especially for fans of the petronas towers =)

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  6. Quite near my ofis. I should hop on the train to KLCC later and drink my worries away. :P

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: be sure to get here before 9pm though, so that you'll make it in time for happy hours! :D

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  7. hope that I dont drink too much and fall down.. kakaka
    very nice city view.....
    My dream is to get a condo that could have a KLCC view..

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, it's totally safe here, with strong and tall glass walls :D oh yeah, i'd love in live in this neighborhood too, but i'll never be able to earn or save enough money for a condo here, sigh. if you buy a condo here, i'll come and visit you! =)

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  8. These are the views I used to have when my office still in tower 2! :P

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    1. CK: oooo, nice! but i guess for people who work high up in the towers, they might not be so attracted anymore to these views :D

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  9. Sean you came? I wasn't there... Grrr.. I was waiting for your arrival since we opened.. When did you come? Hope to see you at the restaurant soon :)

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    1. Is Ginny Lotto 0126792767

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    2. Ginny: sorry i missed you! was there on a saturday, though we left before 8pm. am looking forward to the restaurant, but hopefully i'll be back at the bar before then =)

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  10. this looks like the new skybar minus the pool. It's so nice! and definitely a good place for a drink with a view!

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, it's definitely very strong competition for skybar! too bad there are no water features here, but it still has a very nice feel =)

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  11. the place looks great, anniversary coming up must get my hb to bring me there :)

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    1. Unknown: here's wishing you a great anniversary celebration, whether it's at marini's or anywhere! :D

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  12. how is the view there?can get a great KL view?last visit to Tanzini was a let down on the KL view which I expect a better view that they are currently providing...

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    1. Cindy: ya, the layout here, the positioning of the tables and the type of glass walls and windows help to make the view more satisfying than tanzini's, i think =)

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  13. Great post and great pics. I've been hearing a lot about the place, gonna check it out next week.

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    1. Winnie: thanks! And thanks for the info regarding the meaning behind marini's. Hope you enjoy your visit =)

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  14. Awesome scenery and so near to my office. This could be a nice place to chill and wait for traffic to clear out.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, i know a few other people also whose offices are close enough to KLCC to easily walk there within two minutes, and i wish i were close enough too! :D

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  15. I simply adore the minimalist concept. Another alternative for a sky-high romantic date other than KL tower & Look-out Point =)

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    1. Misz G: oh yeah, it's definitely a nice addition to kl's drinking and dining scene! glad to hear you like it :D

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    2. But what say you Sean, does the price justify their food quality? Say.., without such stunning view, would you still pay that much?

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    3. Misz G: i think they probably wouldn't charge as much if they were an on-the-ground restaurant. prices here seem to be steeper than usual by about 20 percent, which still seems justifiable, i guess =)

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  16. This place available for buffet dinner?

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    1. Ryan: they don't usually serve buffets here, but you can try calling them if you'd like to book a space for a private function =)

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  17. I loved this place. Been there last month with my friend. What would be better than drink seeing Twin towers!
    And going again today taking my colleagues along.

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    1. Bob: glad to hear you like this place! it's getting really crowded everyday ... maybe too crowded! =)

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  18. Sorry just a few questions,
    i understand that this is a bar and restaurant together.
    so which side gives better food? or the bar only serves finger food while main course will have to be from the restaurant?

    Thanks =)

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    1. Werewolf: there's some overlap. Some of the food from the restaurant is also available to order at the bar. But the selection at the main restaurant is wider, so if you're looking for dinner here instead of just snacks and drinks, then try the restaurant =)

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    2. Hi Sean, I would prefer the restaurant, and a surprise dinner for my wife since we just got married and expecting our first baby this september, how much do you think it will cost me to organize a beautiful romantic dinner package for two? with rose flowers on table and my wife name

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  19. how much per person?or it depends on the order?is it buffet or what?

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    1. Firdaus: it depends on the order, but the main courses can cost more than RM50 each. it's not a buffet.

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  20. I was in Miranis last week. It was great experience from a high level view especially on the "height you are at " and overall restaurant ambiance.

    My personal thanks and congrats to Chief Manager of Mirani's

    Cheers !

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  21. Hi, are your food halal certified? Do you have liver performance? If say id want to sing a song for my loved one, could I get someone to play the guitar perhaps?

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  22. can I know how to get in to petronas tower 3? and need to book for get place?

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