• Tuesday, 16 July 2019
The Journey of Flavours @ MARCO Creative Cuisine, 1 Utama Shopping Centre
25 Apr

The Journey of Flavours @ MARCO Creative Cuisine, 1 Utama Shopping Centre

MARCO Creative Cuisine

Lot G146, Ground Floor (Old Wing), 1 Utama Shopping Centre
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel : 603-7731 8293
FB : MARCO Creative Cuisine

Business Hours :
Mon – Sun 12 noon – 3 p.m. (lunch) ; 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (coffee & desserts) ; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (dinner)


Thanks to the wonderful invitation, I had the pleasure recently to sample the 7-course menu at modern gastronomy restaurant MARCO Creative Cuisine, hand-crafted by chef-owner Daren Leong using fresh artisan produce at very affordable price.

marco creative cuisine 1 utama shopping centre interior

Located inside 1 Utama Shopping Centre (old wing, ground floor), the 62-seater restaurant provides an elegant, sleek and intimate dining environment with soothing contemporary pastel blue and simplicity white look.

marco creative cuisine 1 utama shopping centre jelly fish

There is a calming aquarium of jellyfish swaying gently in water just in front of the restaurant, as Chef Daren wants to offer a pause for hectic lifestyle and MARCO is a calming oasis in the midst of a busy mall.

marco creative cuisine 1 utama shopping centre 7-course menu

Priced at RM78 per pax, diners are served with The Journey of Flavours Multi-course Meal, where you can choose your Soup, Entree, Main, Dessert and Drink. From the selection of ingredients, preparation, cooking to food presentation, each dish at MARCO is created with knowledge and care. Every dish is made from scratch, right from making stock and butchering poultry in-house.


marco creative cuisine 1 utama shopping centre palate cleanser

Before embarking on our unforgettable culinary journey, we had the chilled Velvety Matcha-lime Shooter Foam as refreshing palate cleanser to get our taste buds ready for array of exquisite dishes.

marco creative cuisine 1 utama shopping centre savoury eclair

Beautiful appetiser Savoury Eclair, a Gruyere Flavoured Pate a Choux decorated with Aubergine Caviar, Green Chile Pesto and Tomato Confit.

“I was fascinated by how memory and personal experiences influence the way we taste food. That was how a multi-course meal, with its avenue for variety, became the key concept behind our menu. A meal is an experience and a journey of discovery in flavours, much like how our different experiences make up our own personal journeys,” explained Chef Daren.

marco creative cuisine 1 utama shopping centre truffled mushroom soup

A master at bringing together contrasting tastes and textures to create full bodied dishes, diners have three soup options to choose from, the French Onion Soup with French toast, chilled cold soup Strawberry Gazpacho, or my favourite creamy Truffled Mushroom Soup.

marco creative cuisine 1 utama shopping centre garden plater

Garden Plater served as the entree, fresh mixed greens planted on top of Edible Soil and Gribiche, a French tartar sauce.

“When you come for a meal at MARCO, you will be treated to a myriad of flavours and textures that will engage all the senses. This experiential journey is our interpretation of creative cuisine, using the freshest produce and the freshest ideas. It is a complete meal that ends on a sweet note and all at an attractive price,” Chef Daren elaborated on the philosophy behind the menu.

marco creative cuisine 1 utama shopping centre salmon

Each delicious plate represents a culmination of Chef Daren’s own personal journey with food.  Diners can also experience it yourself with 6 selection of mains, including Duck Breast with Orange Puree & Roasted Beetroot, Chicken Roulade with Brussels Sprouts, Squid Ink Japonica Rice, Pomodoro Cream Seafood Pasta, Vegetarian Arrabbiata, and the one I ordered Atlantic Salmon with Squid Ink Hollandaise, garnished with Pickled Beetroot and Green Chili Pesto.
“The fundamental role of a chef is to give diners a meal that can nourish and revitalise. My approach to food to achieve this is to understand the science of cooking instead of relying only on emotions. Different ingredients should be handled and cooked differently to bring out the best flavours. A dish should then be finished with thoughtful presentation. The final creation is ultimately, an artistic science,” he adds.  
marco creative cuisine 1 utama shopping centre raspberry decadence
Desserts at MARCO Creative Cuisine are like pieces of modern art. Appreciating Chef Daren’s Raspberry Decadence, a luscious Raspberry Cheesecake with Raspberry Gel accompained by Lemon Meringue Shards and Passion Fruit Gel. Other sweet options include Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie or Creme Brulee with White Chocolate Sherbet.


More photos at FOOD Malaysia facebook page, a Malaysian food and lifestyle blogger since 2010

Other restaurant at 1 UtamaChef’s Recommendation Sep/Oct 2015 @ Tim Ho Wan, 1 Utama Shopping Centre


    Joanne Cheah

    May 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    The environment look so nice, the jellyfish aquarium really nice and pretty.

    Sharon Lee

    May 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I once pass by and saw many beautiful jellyfish there!! One day will surely dropby and enjoy their yummy creative cuisine =D


    May 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Wow! This really looks good and so yummy! Must try!

    Linda Yee

    May 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Food looks so delicious. Fine dining indeed.

    Rane Chin

    May 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I love the food there. will def go back for more

    Miera Nadhirah

    May 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    the food here is just so damn pretty and it also taste just so heavenly… thumbs up Chef Daren.. want to be back for more…

    Zayani Zulkiffli

    May 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    The design, is so elegance and their food presentation is so 5 starts that I didn’t expect it will be only RM78. haha


    May 2, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Looks like the price tag is also “calming”. Would love to dine here one day when I am in KL.

    Uncle Zuan

    May 2, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    this place looks interesting spot for dating


    May 2, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    What a creative food center. The dining arrangement and food design looks attractive


    May 1, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    all looks yummy to try, wanna go too. Didn’t know of this place til I read here.

    Aliza Sara

    May 1, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    The food served indeed looks delicious! Would love to go for round two 😀

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