Marco Polo Restaurant, KL

It was the 7th day of CNY, which was also everyone's birthday. What is a birthday without celebration right? Knowing that this year's 7th day of CNY falls on a Sunday, I made a reservation at this infamous luxury Chinese restaurant, not just to celebrate life, but also to wish for a prosperous year ahead! 

This restaurant had a long way since founded in 1980 by the late Dato' Lim Foo Young, who was undoubtedly the pioneer hotelier and restaurateur. Dato' Lim had passed away just a few days ago prior to our visit to one of his legacy. But one thing for sure, his legacy will live on and prosper. 

They have given this place a revamp so I was expecting a really nice interior design with modernised decoration. But my dad commented that the current design though look new and more luxurious, it doesn't differ much from the old design, especially the chandelier that they have preserved from the older days. 

This place is also really to find as it sits centrally in the heart of KL, opposite of the Istana Hotel. And what made us really happy was the fact that we didn't need to pay for parking? I don't know if it's applicable to weekdays where the building is filled with white collars struggling to make ends meet. 

Anyway, let's get right into the food! 

It was CNY! So we can't get away without having Yee Sang,
which is thought to bring loads of good luck and prosperity to the new year! 
The higher you bring the food, the higher you will go in life. 
So yeahhh... Table always ended up in a mess. 
This dish was good but nothing great. 

Allegedly, this place serves the best shark fin soup in KL? 
My sister Jasmine was really obnoxious when she found out that shark fin was one of the dish for the day lol. 
I personally think the gravy was quite nice and I quite like it! 
It was not too starchy, and it tastes sweet and salty but at the perfect blend. 

Smoked Chicken. 
Which D was a huge huge huge fan! 
He absolutely adores this dish and he pretty much finished the whole thing. Hehe. 
The toppings were really good! 
Can't really remember the mixtures of ingredients they used, 
but it was out of the world. 
Never tasted anything like this before. 
But do note that it could get a tad too salty. 

Steamed Grouper. 
They are also really famous for their steam fish. 
Although I am never a fan of steamed fish, 
I must say I absolutely love this dish! 
It is so good! 
They steamed the fish with eggs and soy sauce underneath! 
And gosh, the egg was super soft and fluffy and it tasted like cotton candy, but salty version. 

Prawn which was really very average. 
They used a really nice soup to simmer the prawns, 
so the prawns have retained the freshness. 
But it wasn't too strongly flavoured because the soup was a clear soup. 
But it was really refreshing.

Then we were served this dish, which comprised of broccoli, mushrooms, and tons of bean curd kinda food. BUT I LOVE THEM! 
This dish has a sweet gravy, so it enhanced the already sweet nature of the ingredients. 
Me being a passionate lover of strongly flavoured food, 
 I surprisingly love this dish! 
I love how chewy everything is, and it was really easy to eat them.

Contrary to the usual glutinous rice, they have used normal rice to make these,
which was such a plus point as glutinous rice is really sticky and it takes a longer time to digest. 
So I don't really like the idea of having glutinous rice for dinner. 
The rice was salty and fragrant. 
I thought it was a really good replacement for the usual oily and sticky glutinous rice.

Nian gao covered with shredded coconut. 
I love these! 
Simple yet nice, 
It was a great way to end the meal. 

Sea coconut soup which was obviously a cheat one. 
So there's nothing much to say about it. 

It was the very first time for D to join my family dinner for CNY! 
So we were both really excited and happy we did it. 
It was a really short and lovely evening. 

We were gifted some dim sum vouchers upon making payment. So we might come back again to try out their dim sum, which was claimed to be one of the most delicious dim sums in KL! We shall see...

The total bill came up to RM800++, which was kinda overpriced in my honest opinion. But this place is great for special occasion to dine out, as the place is pleasant to the eyes and the service was really good.

1st Floor, Wisma Lim Foo Yong,
Jalan Raja Chulan,
50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Business Hour:
Noon to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Monday to Saturday), 9am to 3pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Sunday and Public Holidays)

Contact Info:
03 2142 5595 / 03-2141 2233

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