Marini’s on 57 is an exclusive Italian ristorante set on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3. Located in the heart of the KL city centre, it consists of a restaurant, bar and lounge. In the private elevator the atmosphere is hushed, but when you pass through the front doors the feel turns into one of refined elegance with the sounds of champagne glasses clinking and quiet chatter.
The dining area décor is white with casual, modern furnishings: meanwhile, the bar has art deco furniture and neon lights, and the lounge has a Havana-esque feel with brown leather sofas in different sizes. Paintings from Italian artist, Rosalba Mangione hang on the walls, while floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass roof provide great views of KL.
Offering Italian food, the restaurant has à la carte options but we liked the specials that our server recommended, like the spaghetti with botargo (mullet roe) and almonds – it had terrific texture and lots of flavour. Also good was the pan-fried sea bass stuffed with shrimp and lemon dressing – a terrific, zesty dish. Portions are small but each dish has unforgettable taste.
The bar has an extensive selection of wines, but there are also great cocktails and champagnes. Meanwhile, the Lounge (looking very much like an exclusive gentleman’s club) is for those who want to sip on their Highland Park, Yamakazi, Johnnie Walker Blue and Johnnie Walker Gold in style. Tavern-style shelves house a collection of bottles that include single cask whiskies from independent bottlers and special-edition scotches from big distilleries.
In the background an in-house deejay alternates between haunting, soul-searching smooth jazz, dance tunes and techno beats, but the music plays softly so you can converse easily.
Petronas Tower 3 is set adjacent to Suria KLCC: there is an elevator beside the Versace store in Suria KLCC shopping mall which links directly to Petronas Tower 3. Alternatively, from Mandarin Oriental hotel, turn right: from here you can see the Cartier store and Petronas Tower 3. There is a signboard for Marini’s on 57 and a waiting attendant will hand you an access card for the private elevator.
Marini’s on 57
- Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 15:00 - 01:30, Friday & Saturday 15:00 - 03:00 & Sunday 17:00 - 01:30
- Address: Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2386 6030 or +6017 688 0167