One of the newer additions to Penang in terms of international cuisine is Markus Restaurant. Markus Restaurant is the brainchild of entrepreneur, Mr. Choong and Executive Chef, Markus Lee (as the name implies). At his restaurant, Chef Markus is able to add his own modern take to Italian cuisine, a skill he has developed through years of working in world class restaurants abroad like Juan Amador in Germany and Garibaldi in Singapore. Markus Restaurant takes pride in the fact that their ingredients are imported from the finest suppliers and are freshly handpicked from the local markets and producers. These ingredients and their selection of wines are also served on a seasonal basis.
Like most that specialise in Italian cuisine, a variety of appetisers and entrees can be selected. Each item on the menu has a slightly extravagant twist to them, whether it be the cold hair angel pasta appetiser with sashimi grade hokkaido scallop and lump fish caviar, or the Linguine Al Granchio which has Linguine pasta with fresh crab meat, sweet basil, vodka and tomatoes in a light pink sauce.
Markus Restaurant also has a menu that accommodates vegetarians, and the modern, extravagant twist is still retained. This is seen in items like the Risotto Al Funghi, which has sauteed onions, a morel mushroom jus, a thyme leaf, wild mushrooms and vegetarian Parmesan. Even the desserts here receive this special treatment as shown in their tiramisu, which features Amaretto Liqeur and Valrhona dark chocolate chips.
So if excellent wine-centric Italian food is what's desired, then look no further than Markus Restaurant. With the freshness of ingredients guaranteed, and years of international exposure for Chef Markus, this is one spot to not miss out.