Thursday, June 12, 2008

Marco Polo Part 2 of 2

I remember when I was a small kid, my grandpa used to his birthday dinner at Marco Polo. Without fail, he will book a room with two tables, and have everyone come down to town in the middle of the famous Chulan Jam (nope its not a Les Mill special, you really get stuck in Raja Chulan for 30 mins without moving).

Marco Polo has since renovated its premises, to try and get back to its glory days. 20 years ago, and now, I think they are finding the competition a bit stiffer than those days. But I do really think they still have what it takes to survive, not just by merely making the restaurant look good with a facelift....
After all these years, Marco Polo still retains the same phone and fax number, although it has changed from 6 digits, 7 digits and now the 8 digit number. I remember the 2233....

In the past 3 months, it has been a monthly affair, the coming down to KL to have dinner at Marco Polo, thing. For one, the promotion makes it very worth it to have dinner before having to get stuck in the jam outside before going home. The promo goes like this 68 ++ for 4 dishes, 18++ for additional ones.

First up was a herbal chicken soup. Nice, the soup was boiled sufficiently long enough for the chicken stock to bond with herbs.

Pineapple Pork Ribs, were succulent and juicy. The vegetables were crunchy and fresh, ribs tender. Its a small portion, with about 6-7 pieces of 2.5 inches ribs, stirfried with sweet and sour sauce, and crunchy vegetables.

Fried fish paste with garlic and ginger. This dish had a generous serving of fish paste. A bit too salty for my liking that night, really have to tell the captain to ask the cooks to take it easy on the salt.

The roast duck was excellent. The skin was cripsy , and duck meat juicy. Again, another fast food item available in Marco Polo. Although they are not famous for char siu or siu yoke, after testing their duck and chicken roasts, I think their kung fu for roasted meat (siu lap) can be quite good.
Their ginger steamed telapia was a disappointment. Nothing wrong with the way they cooked it, but the fish was quite horrible. We will never order this fish again, but for Rm18++ its blardy cheap to have in Marco Polo.

This one is Chicken cubes fried with mixed vegetables. The gravy, was sweetish, and had a taste that I could not put a nail on. Looks like a sweet version of the kung po chicken dish, and its called Polo Chicken ( to be read out in cantonese, heh)
Finally some greens. This is fried asparagus, with dried shrimp, and chilli. This was one of the best dishes we had that night, lovely.

I guess Marco Polo has a lot of history for me. As a kid, my dad used to bring me to Wisma Lim Foo Yoong quite abit. The Public Bank used to be a Fitzpatrick Supermarket, where we used to get our groceries. I also remember those days when it took us 30 minutes to reach the Weld, after dad picked us up from school...

Anyways, it is just ironic, now we have also chosen to have our Wedding dinner at this place.

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9 Comments:

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Awww. I guess it's apt for you to have your wedding dinner here seeing what memories this place has for you. Don't forget to add the relevant bits into your wedding speech. :-)

Bernsy said...

"Cheers!! Lets Drink" that is going to be the most app bits to go into the speech... and KISS... keeping it short and simple... wakakaka

Nic (KHKL) said...

what a fantastic place to hold your wedding banquet! so nostalgic lar...given their years of banquet experience, i'm sure they'll do great. and i just realised even the staff's uniformed remained the same since hmmm, 20 years ago! sweet!

kampungboycitygal said...

hmm must tell my colleagues about this, we love to do lunch over there

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

aiyoh 18++ for that fish seemed a steal..looks damn good as well..sometimes looks can be deceiving..just like marco polo..old name..but looks still decently good!

Bernsy said...

nic - lots of stuff have not changed, but i think their competition has..

Kampungboy - i think promo is for dinner only. Supposed to be some don get stuck in the jam promo.... But for lunch I believe they are doing some dim sum promo ...

joe - ya la, its looks like a steal, but they give u cheap telapia. I have tasted premium telapia fish b4, no bau hanyir and stuff, clear stim oso damn nice to eat wan... but for 18++ u wont get those type of telapia la...

vandana rajesh said...

That's a real feast you have here.

fatboybakes said...

that duck is calling my name....!!! what fancy camera u using ah? nice pics leh.

Bernsy said...

lol,

marco 2 - canon ixus
marco1 - dslr