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Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang

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Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang

Fed up with fake Italian chain restaurant food? Want to try the most authentic freshly prepared real Italian food in Penang.  Follow this local’s lead to MARKUS, Modern Italian Restaurant in Pulau Tikus, George Town. This is a restaurant in which to relax and enjoy a leisurely Italian journey. Become a laid-back Italian for the evening and lose yourself in the romance of Italy.

Chef Markus Lee has created a modern Italian menu using the old school Italian way of making traditional kinds of pasta in-house. Chef Markus marries this tradition with modern techniques and cutting-edge sauces.

All Pasta is Freshly-made each day and cooked perfectly, “al dente” and is a joy to savor. Fresh Pasta is slightly translucent and has a heavenly “mouthfeel.”

I have eaten in some of the best restaurants in Italy – Rome, Florence, Venice and Lake Como. The taste of fresh pasta with its higher ratio of egg yolk has stayed with me through the years.  Chef Markus has replicated this perfectly in his restaurant.

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang
Chef Markus believes in eating seasonally. “This is what lifts the soul and makes great Italian food divine.”

Seasonally inspired food

Chef Markus’s selection of specially imported and fresh local produce is integrated into the à la carte and seasonal menus. Each dish is created to introduce the diner to the unique flavors and provide them with the best culinary experience.

A leisurely dining experience

In Italy, every meal is an adventure to be enjoyed by all.

Every great dining experience starts with the bread.  Chef Markus makes fresh sourdough bread in the restaurant. The Sourdough Focaccia has summery sun-dried tomatoes – olive oil, sea salt, and herbs and is delicious.

Beautiful in its simplicity, with a crumbly texture it is best eaten dipped into the olive oil and good balsamic vinegar. Seriously it was hard to stop at two pieces!

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang
Complimentary Sourdough Focaccia at MARKUS, Modern Italian Restaurant.


The secret of Bruschetta lies in getting the base right.

Chef Markus’s fresh Tuscan bread is baked daily.  It allows the natural fruity olive oil and ripe vine tomatoes to shine at their best. The bread is ‘toasted over hot coals’ to give that special crunch.

Do I like these? I was happily popping the Bruschettas in one after the other.

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang
Delicious Bruschetta.

Capelli d’angelo freddo

Delightfully light and refreshing, this classic cold Capelli d’angelo “angel hair” pasta is beautifully presented in a seawater emulsion. It is served with Sashimi Grade Scallops, topped with Black Caviar.

The marriage of the salty emulsion and al dente noodles creates a silky, smooth texture. This is my new favorite way to eat pasta.  It’s a perfectly simple way to enjoy the clean taste of scallops and fresh pasta.

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang
Capelli d’angelo

Linguine al granchio (crab linguine)

Crabmeat Linguine. An impressive dish, with a depth of flavor created by cooking the crab in its juice.
The rich, creamy, flavourful vodka enhanced, the pink sauce is a favorite in modern Italian cuisine.

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang
Linguine al Granchio

For Executive, “On the Go,” business lunches, a Girlfriend’s Lunch or choose from the a la carte menu.

Gnocchi ai quattro formaggi

Gnocchi is tiny morsels of homemade dumpling, cooked al dente with four types of Italian Cheese. It is topped with Crispy Handmade Grissini marbled with Prosciutto. This dish is rich and creamy and lip-smacking cheesy.

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang
Gnocchi Ai Quattro Formaggi

Agnello Cotto In Due Mondi

Two entirely different cuts of lamb on one plate. A roasted rack of lamb served with delightfully light Cauliflower Popcorn. This is complemented with a juicy slow-roasted pulled shoulder formed into a patty.

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang
Agnello Cotto In Due Mondi

Manzo tonnato

Thinly sliced herbed oyster blade of beef topped with light tuna mayonnaise, borlotti beans, and fresh arugula. A wonderful cold combination of flavors lifted with a hint of lemon zest.

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang
Manza Tonnato

Signature Chocolate Lava Cake

The Lava Cake is formed with “Valrhona Guanaja” Chocolate. This dessert is served with fresh fruit and ice cream. It is served warm and crispy on the outside with a warm molten heart.

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang
Signature Chocolate Lava Cake

Limoncello Souffle

A delightful hot soufflé freshly made with a generous glug of home-made Limoncello Liqueur. This dessert is baked to order. The soufflé cannot be rushed. The diner must wait for the soufflé as the soufflé will not wait for the diner!

Simply Marvellous MARKUS Modern Italian Restaurant Penang
Limoncello Soufflé


Markus’s temperature-controlled Glass Wine Cellar is a testament to the restaurant’s aim to be a wine-centric restaurant. There is an extensive wine list consisting of both Old & New World wines to delight the wine aficionados.

There is an extensive range of wines & champagnes, perfect for a food and wine pairing.

Corkage Policy | Wines & Champagne; RM30 per bottle | Hard liquor is RM80 per bottle | Service and glassware are provided.
Corkage Free Day | Customers are encouraged to BYOB for Wines & Liquor only on Wednesday`s.


I have had several delicious and memorable meals at MARKUS, Modern Italian Restaurant.  Chef Markus ensures that all food is as fresh as possible. He makes all kinds of pasta and bread on the premises.  Chef Markus proves time and again that dedication is what it takes to cook Italian recipes well.

The restaurant is the ideal venue for a leisurely dining experience. Take time to savor the aromas of the freshly prepared food. Experience the full and bountiful flavors as they unfold on your palate.

I believe the source of Chef Markus’s impeccable flavor lies deep in his passion for traditional Italian cuisine.

Make yourself the time for a complete Italian dining experience, you will not regret it.

Markus Modern Italian |37F, Jalan Cantonment, 10250 Pulau Tikus, Penang
GPS: N 5° 25′ 56.4”, E 100° 18′ 43.4”
Telephone:  +604-2261.443

Business Hours
Lunch 12.00 pm Till 3 pm (Last order 2.30 pm)
Dinner 6.00 pm Till Late (Last order 10.00 pm)
Closed on Tuesday & on certain public holidays (will only open to special events or private parties only) Call to inquire.

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