We had dinner this past week at the acclaimed Marco Polo restaurant located in the beautiful Viana Hotel We entered the restaurant through the feng- shui designed lobby of the hotel, with its fabulous multi colored lights and marble designer floors. .The Eco-Friendly, Viana Hotel & Spa,is a member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is Long Island's only green built "feng shui" hotel. This elegant LEED certified green hotel, offers luxurious guest rooms and suites, a Zen-inspired spa for rejuvenating body and spirit, a full-service salon, state of the art fitness center, indoor pool, and the critically acclaimed Marco Polo restaurant and bar.
We entered the .The Marco Polo dining room which has an exciting open air kitchen, an active, and a visually beautiful bar, adjacent to an enclosed game room We were quickly seated at a luxurious banquet surrounded by tables and chairs. Our menu for this evening, was a unique blend of chinese, japanese, and italian dishes. .Will Adams the F&B manager, and Elsy the restaurant supervisor , helped us select a special small plates "tasting menu".. Marco Polo is unique and special because they will customize and prepare special dishes on request for their guests. This fabulous "can do" attitude has made the restaurant stand out from its competition.
Our meal began with a large bowl of warm Garlic and Sea Salted Edamame, followed by an exotic selection of small "tapas" dishes of assorted house specials: Our appetizers included:
Teriyaki wings- Asian style teriyaki wings, crispy and coated with Chef Miguel's special japanese teriyaki style sauce. Our wings were served with a wasabi, and ranch dip..Perfectly crusted and absolutely delicious.
Mussels Bianco-Direct from the dock , mussels in a delicate sauce of white wine. fresh garlic and local butter steamed with herbs sachet.
Fried Calamari- The chefs pick of fresh market choice calamari, cooked italian style and lightly coated in japanese panko. Served with a marvelous marinara sauce and the restaurant's unique wasabi ranch dipping sauce.
Japanese Crab Cakes- As a crabcake aficianado, I loved dining on tender flaked alaskan crab meat, infused with exotic oriental spices and lightly dusted panko crumbs. Each crab cake was beautifully sauteed and served with the chef's original sauce.
An Egg Roll sampler platter- Marco Polo has developed a fantastic array of egg rolls in a flaky, non -greasy wrap, we enjoyed Phily Cheese Steak, Mongolian mozzarela sticks, chicken parmesan, and buffalo chicken. Each egg roll section was outstanding and offered a combination of hearty fillings. . The platter came with 3 different dipping sauces. We particularly enjoyed :
The Philly Cheese Steak Egg Rolls- A classic philly chesse steak, prepared with tender beef, sauteed with bell peppers, mushrooms, onions and smothered in mozzarella cheese.
Chicken Parm Egg Roll- A classic italian dish prepared with a delicately breaded chicken, topped with a house made marinara sauce and smothered in mozzarella cheese.
We also sampled a small serving of Lo Mein Bolognese: A zesty rich bolognese sauce blended with lo mein noodles,, topped with freshly shaved parmesan. Great taste and a new and delicious way to enjoy lo mein noodles.
For our entrees we were served : Pan Seared rare Tuna- Fresh authentic ahi tuna slices seared in a rich roasted coating of sesame seeds and sliced paper thin. The paper thin slices were arrayed around a mound of wasabi infused whipped potatoes and fresh steamed organic local market vegetables.
We then shared specially seasoned and customized Sirloin Steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli. Basic and delicious.
For Dessert we ordered Marco Polo's Signature Dish- S'mores Egg Roll- A hand rolled and stuffed Egg Roll filled with Rich Chocolate and Marshmallows. Topped with Cinnamon and Sugar.
Kudos to the Marco Polo Restaurant , Chef Miguel Carasco for his culinary creativity, F&B manager Will Adams and Restaurant Manager Elsy Rodriguez, for making our meal so enjoyable.
East definitely meets West and the end result was a culinary gem!
The Marco Polo Restaurant at the Viana Hotel in Westbury, 3998 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590