M Marini Caffè, Malaysia’s first caviar and champagne dedicated caffè, is the latest outlet in the Marini’s Group (other outlets include Marini’s on 57, and Marble 8 among others), owned by Modesto Marini, was unveiled to the media on 25 April 2014, and I was lucky to be one of the few who attended the event.
Modesto had the idea of bringing a piece of the vintage Italian charm to one of his eateries while travelling in Italy with his family in Italy last year. Coincidentally, the location for the caffè concept was presented to him and he figured this would be the best project that would convey his particular idea. Modesto discovered after the success of Marini’s on 57 that Malaysians have grown more discerning towards fine cuisine, and he knew that the time was right to bring the Italian caffè culture here.
Besides the champagne and caviar, Modesto also noticed that Malaysians generally have not experienced the Italian styles of cold pastas, apperitivo and crudo, thus he decided to give Malaysians the opportunity to do so, by setting up the M Marini Caffè. The outlet features a built-in caviar bar offering the widest selection of premium caviars such as the infamous Russian Beluga, Sevruga, Imperial Osetra, Herring, Petaluma Ocean Trout and Pike. The caffè offers several unique dining experiences, where patrons can choose to sample the caviar platter or the crudo and apperitivo.
The menu focuses on responsibly sourced seafood using the highest quality ingredients. There’s the caviar and champagne of course, raw to lightly cooked fish creations such as the tuna tartar, the Petaluma ocean trout to sous-vide ocean trout; and seafood platters that come with oyster, shrimp, lobster and blue mussels. If you’re not in the mood for seafood, fret not as the menu includes other items such as meats, cold pastas and daily seasonal specials.
The breakfast and brunch menu is available all day including light gourmet fares, eggs and salad, luxury delicacies, cold pastas, crudo, specialty coffee and tea, and an extensive collection of fine wines and champagnes.
One thing in the menu that caught my eye was this:
M Marini Royal Breakfast For Two at RM800.00++
- One bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte “Brut Réserve” Champagne
- Assorted fresh Seafood Platter
- Croissant and Jam
- Choice of organic free-range eggs:Coffee or Tea
- Wholesome Omelette
- Wonderfully Scrambled
- Delicious Eggs Benedict (not served with Sevruga caviar and Hollandaise sauce)
Breakfast fit for a king indeed!
The pretty Mei Sze was the MC for the event
Modesto Marini giving his welcome speech (L) and the chef (R) showing off the fresh oysters.
Modesto shared, “I wanted to combine Italian elegance with casual comfort while still allowing one to enjoy the finest in life, champagne, caviar and caffè! Hence, the birth of M Marini’s Caffè, the first venue in Malaysia to focus on serving champagne with caviar, and of course, the best Italian gourmet coffee. As Malaysia’s first caviar and champagne dedicated caffè, M Marini Caffè serves many different types of caviar and champagne from all around the world, and in doing so, allow Malaysians to experience the Italian culture. Our goal is also to create an oasis for fashionistas and shoppers alike, where they can refresh and recharge in between their shopping.”
The high tea set is available from 3.00pm to 5.00pm and there are two (2) variants:
(Normal) High Tea Set at RM48.00++ per pax
- Chef’s Special Sandwiches
- Homemade Scones
- Assorted fresh pastries
- Assorted desserts
Selection of Tea
- Brilliant Breakfast
- Ceylon Cinnamon
- Jasmine Flowers Green Tea
- Moroccan Mint Green Tea
- Pure Chamomile Flowers
- The Original Earl Grey Tea
- Pure Peppermint Leaves
- Darjeeling Tea
Or if you’re feeling in a celebratory mood you could opt for the “Bubbly Tea Set” at RM98.00++ per pax
The (normal) High Tea Set with a glass of Nicolas Feuilatte “Brut Reserve” Champagne
The golden tank on the left is actually a fully imported coffee machine which is the only one in Malaysia at the moment and of course I couldn’t help but to order a caffe latte (RM17.80++) to try and it was just how I like my coffee – rich and flavourful, balanced with the creaminess of the milk!
For reservations at M Marini Caffè, call +603 2386 6030 or for more information, head over to http://www.mmarinis.com
Photos (excluding the outlet pic) were shot with the Sony RX1. More info on the RX1 and other Sony cameras at http://bit.ly/1eLboU1