Sunday, July 30, 2017

The first speakeasy wine bar in Malaysia @ Private Room, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Private Room is founded by a group of young wine enthusiast of bankers, entrepreneurs & sommeliers. As you walk into this place, you can feel as if you were in a wine bar in overseas as such sight is very rare in Malaysia. The entrance to the place maybe hard to find for those who are not familiar to the place. The wine bar houses many varieties and special type of wines which are not mainstream. This place is for those who want to enjoy special type of wine which are hard to find elsewhere or you may just inform your preference to the bar's sommeliers. They would gladly assist you in picking the right wine. You can also buy a bottle to take home at 20 percent off. The quiet environment here makes this place suitable for business discussion. They also have a small private room for those who want more private discussion and also a cigar room. Overall, this is a great place to explore for those wine enthusiast out there. Pricing wise are very much depended on the wine type and the bottle that you choose.

Good ambience for discussion in Private Room.

Variety of wines from Australia, Chile, France and Italy.

You will enjoy 20% discount if you plan to buy whole bottle back home.

If you are looking for some hard to find wines, you may try to find it here.

The wine bar also have their own signature cocktail. Do ask about it when you are here.

Red wines on display.

Private Room also keep the liquors for you if you buy a whole bottle but can't finished it. This is only recommended for liquors but not wine due to wine easy oxidization and can't last long after open.

Private Room logo and small tables available as well.

Variety of liqueurs and wines for cocktail preparation.

Private room inside Private Room for more private discussion of having cigars.

Do let the bartender or sommelier know your preference. Always seek their advise to enjoy and have the best experience.

GPS/Coordinate: 3.141678, 101.626933
Address: 48a-2, First Floor, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 5.00pm to 1.00am. Closed on Monday.

PayNet Raya Open House @ Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur

Recently attended Raya open house by Payment Network Malaysia. Formerly known as MyClear which is a subsidiary of Bank Negara Malaysia. The open house event held in the Grand Ball Room of Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur. The ballroom are huge and looks grand with crystal lighting on the ceiling. The food served here are of wide variety from curry laksa, chicken rice, steak, beef, mutton, fried rice vermicelli, rojak, satay, salad, fruits and dessert.

Grand Ballroom of Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur.

First round of food.

Variety of salad and bean curd.

Curry laksa. So lemak.

Huge event with many corporate figures attending the event.

Huge ballroom with nice lighting.

Open house are usually for networking and business discussion among peers.

GPS/Coordinate: 3.153711, 101.712236
Address: 12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Oriental speakeasy bar @ The Pawn Room, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Introduced by a friend, The Pawn Room is an oriental speakeasy concept bar. As you enter the gate, you need to find the hidden door behind the deposit boxes to enter the bar. The interior decorations, lanterns, deposit boxes and rattan chairs are beautiful and does create a sense of being teleported back in time into an olden days of Shanghai ancient pawn shop. I like the environment here with soft retro chinese music. The music volume is perfect and not too loud which provide a conducive environment for discussion. The talented resident mixologist Mckay, does invented many interesting cocktail drinks here. The cocktails are very unique and the mixologist here must have put a lot thoughts into designing the drinks. I tried their floating lotus and the taste is great with creative mixture of fruits juice, liqueurs and bitters. This place has a private room for large group or private function. There are jazz live performance every Thursday and Friday with resident artist Sharon Sui. Do check out their website for latest updates on the jazz performance.

Taste:9/10(Delicious. I normally prefer sweet cocktail and the bartender recommended me to try their floating lotus. This is also their best selling cocktail and taste very good. Refreshing, very smooth, easy to drink and natural taste. Floating lotus is a mixture of gin, lime juice, pineapple juice and mixed with variety of liqueurs. My friend does ordered the mad maple rum with Plantation pineapple rum, maple syrup, orange bitters and apricot brandy. It's a different type of cocktail taste but very well dependent to individual preference).
Price:4/10(Near expensive. The floating lotus cocktail at MYR45.00 and mad maple rum at MYR45.00. Although pricing is at higher side but the cocktail here are quite unique and yummy).

Bathtub at the entrance serve as an interesting item for Instagrammer or probably serve as a bed for those who drunk during the night☺

Where is the entrance to the bar?

The bar hidden behind the deposit boxes.

Bar outside area for those who smoke.

Second section of the bar.

The bitter bottles makes the bar looks classic.

Sit at the bar to enjoy the view and you can see the bartender in action as well.

Hanging umbrellas on the ceiling.

The hanging lanterns were beautiful surrounded by liquor bottles.

Deposit boxes makes a nice ambience in The Pawn room.

McKay preparing delicious floating lotus.

Nice and yummy floating lotus.

Bottles of liqueurs, bitters, syrups and ready made cocktail barrels.

Mckay preparing mad maple rum.

Mckay showing one of the ingredient used to prepare mad maple rum. Its Plantation pineapple rum.

Cute bottles of Bitter Truth and Hendrick's gin.

GPS/Coordinate: 3.141763, 101.627196
Address: 46B, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5.00pm-2.00am. Closed on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Contemporary European Cuisine @ 2nd Floor, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Having a dinner here with a friend to try out this newly opened restaurant. 2nd Floor is a new kid on the block surrounded by top restaurants in the neighbourhood serving contemporary European cuisine. In 2nd Floor, the cuisine is more toward German styled food as they have a good German masterchef, Gerhard Albrecht. The concept of the food here is focused on using natural products and bringing European taste with a slight local twist. Some of the specialties here includes pork ribs, barley soup and ginger creme brulee.

Taste:8/10(Delicious. The main highlight here were their tropical pork ribs. Taste very good with sauteed apple. The sauce which comes with the pork ribs has a slight sourish taste and its nicely done as well. Their crab cakes are yummy. Quite creative to have sourish and slight spicy sauce to accompany the crab cakes. They also have maultaschen which is quite unique as most of the time, the maultaschen is in the form of dumplings. But here are pan fried version with onions and egg).
Price:5/10(Near expensive. Pricing wise are quite reasonable and affordable for Western type of dining. The appetizer are still within the MYR20 range. 2NDFLR special salad at MYR20, pan fried crab cake at MYR32, barley soup at MYR11, maultaschen at MYR25 and tropical pork ribs at MYR55).

2nd Floor located at TTDI.

Nice cosy outdoor seating.

If you need more formal and quiet discussion, they also have air-conditioned section.

My first meal here started with 2NDFLR special salad. Its with Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, poached egg and bacon. Great combination of vegetables together with bacon fat.

Delicious with strong butter and garlic taste. Crunchy garlic bread.

Barley soup. This version of barley soup is almost identical to your mom's home cooked soup with love. Boiled with vegetables and chicken broth.

Poached eggs was nicely done.

Pan fried crab cake. Consist of breaded crab meat, chili jam and orange salad. Crab cake together with the jam and orange makes an excellent combination.

Pan fried maultaschen with egg. Comes with prawn and salad. Their maultaschen is prepared in gerostet style which the pasta is cut into pieces then pan fried with onions and egg.

This is how maultaschen content look like.

My main meal here was Tropical pork ribs. Tender slow cooked pork ribs with combination of orange, poppy seeds, saffron and yoghurt dip. The sauteed apple taste well together with the pork ribs.

Outside seating if you wish to have warmer environment.

The chef grow some of the herbs needed for cooking. Located just beside the famous DC restaurant in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

GPS/Coordinate: 3.141763, 101.627196
Address: 46A, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5.00pm-10.30pm. Closed on Monday.