I was invited to a tasting at The Marco Polo Kitchen in Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru.
The spacious interior at The Marco Polo Kitchen was simple yet distinctive. It was bright, clean and there was ample room for customers. I like the stylish "raw" brick wall and high ceiling. The background music has a nice beat, though I couldn't make out what genre it was (due to my ignorance ;-p ).
More seats upstairs (this additional area opens only on Fri, Sat and Sun).
The Marco Polo Kitchen has an extensive (mostly) Italian menu. We sampled some of their starters, pastas and pizzas, and we liked the food here. Overall, we felt that The Marco Polo Kitchen serves good quality, delicious food at reasonable prices.
We started well with MP Cream of Mushroom Soup RM11.99++.
Creamy savoury sweet soup of spongy soft chopped mushrooms, onion and garlic.
Pumpkin Salad RM19.99++.
Personally, I am not big on salads but this pumpkin salad was delightful. The roasted pumpkin was roasted till it was like a sweet golden pudding. The soft pumpkin was crusted with interesting bits of herbal crumbs. The crunchy fresh vegetables drizzled with syrupy honey mustard complete the dish.
If I want a delicious healthy snack or light meal, I will come in just for this salad.
The crispy and light house-made baguette was well infused with savoury basil garlic butter flavour. The baguette's savoury flavour and crackly texture was well balanced by the refreshing sweetness from the pulpy, juicy cubed tomatoes.
MP Caesar Salad RM19.99++.
Strips of grilled chicken breast tossed with Romaine lettuce, little crispy squares of turkey bacon, croutons, tissue thin slices of Parmesan cheese, drizzled with Caesar dressing.
Angel Hair Prawn Aglio Olio RM18.99++
For spaghetti, al dente pasta simply dressed with garlic and olive oil are all it takes to keep me happy.
Marco Polo Kitchen's aglio olio added a few shelled fresh prawns and chili flakes for added crunch, flavour and spicy kick.
Tortellini Chicken with Mushroom Sauce RM26.99++.
House made tortellini stuffed with chicken drenched with a creamy savoury sweet mushroom sauce. The different types of chopped mushrooms and herbs added texture and flavours to the hefty dish.
MP Linguine Vongole RM21.99++.
Simply marvellous, simple al dente pasta with garlic, olive oil, and fresh clams.
MP Seafood Paella RM36.99++
Nutty risotto rice with shelled prawns, squid and mussels held together by a thick flavourful sauce of melted cheese, tomatoes, olive oil etc. I like the soft nutty texture of the risotto rice and robust flavours of this paella; couldn't resist taking mouthful after mouthful. It's a nice rendition of the Spanish staple at a reasonable price.
MP Meat Lovers Pizza RM26.99++.
Thin crispy biscuit-like crust topped with tomato sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, pepperoni slices, salami, chicken ham, beef sausage, bell peppers and dusted with crushed oregano.
The dough is made fresh at the restaurant everyday.
Today's kitchen team is led by Chef Ronnie who previously worked in Thistle Hotel.
I like Marco Polo's flavourful freshly baked pizzas and it's thin crispy crust which is not greasy at all.
Classic Italian dessert with mascarpone cheese, coffee, finger biscuit and coco.
I love this sweet dessert with it's rich egg yolk flavour with vanilla and whipped cream.
We had a great time today at The Marco Polo Kitchen.
Next time, I shall try Marco Polo Kitchen's steak, fish and burger. Shall also take time to taste their speciality coffee.
Please note that this is an invited food tasting.
Restaurant name: The Marco Polo Kitchen
Address: No. 35, Jalan Indah 15/2, Taman Bukit Indah, Johor, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
GPS: 1.482513, 103.660577
Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm | Fri: 11:30 am - 2:00 am | Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 am | Sun: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Phone: +607 234 3111
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 7 Apr 2015
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