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A new hidden bar have surfaced up in KL. With your least expected area as The Curiousity Iron River 好奇鐵河  is operating at Chan Sow Lin, KL. Indeed a hidden gem for the area. If you are a person who loves to be in a second-hand kind of furniture shop, run-down ambience as I called it a rustic heritage building, then this place is a place that you would want to be.

We came here because of Petai Pizza and little did we discover further its a hidden bar. This place has great classic furniture pieces is also because the owner operates a second hand antique furniture shop.

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Discovering this place would be a pain in the ass as waze will bring you to a location here you cant park your car. Best is to park your car at Jalan Satu and walk in this bright one-way street alley.

Looking at some blog posting, they have definitely light up the whole place to a new level. More vibrant and captivating. A neon blue sign board and a deck up Avatar kind lighting garden.

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This is one of my favourite walkway. I felt that would be a nice instagramable spot.

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little did we know that it is actually a nice bar place. We were here quite early, as bout 7.30pm for dinner. Love the ambience of this place as it is like a modern touch up of a Chinese 60’s herbs medicine shop.

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We sat in this little room that is filled with unique furniture pieces.

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Since we are here, trying out one of my favourite Negroni Cocktail @ RM 33. For this, I think it is more on the sweeter side. Not really my kind of taste or compare to the usuals that I usually have.

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Smoked Duck Spaghetti – a better dish for the night compared to the rest.

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Sarawak Laksa

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Petai Pizza is indeed done nicely and the taste of petai is a bit prominent. Just that the dough need some improvement.

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Nothing to shout out for the mushroom truffle pizza.

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I would suggest to come here for drinks and enjoy the ambiance.

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Indeed a perfect place to hang out as after 9pm, the disco ball is turn on. Totally switched the ambience. They also turn on classic Shangainese songs and also the 60’s and 70’s English songs. Indeed perfect music to be in. Do not mind to come back for round of gathering with friends here.

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As they are a newly operated bar, food-wise they still have room for improvement. they need time to adjust and will go back again.

*NON-Halal

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Food Rating 7/10, love the ambiance !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
The Curiousity Iron River 好奇鐵河
138, Jalan Sungai Besi,
Chan Sow Lin,
57100 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours:
Mon: 5pm – 11pm
Tues – Sun: 10am – 11pm

Tel: 012-638 6660

FB: www.facebook.com/thecuriousityironriver/

One of my favorite private hidden wine bar Private Room at TTDI had now change to Collins Sake and wine bar. A slight chance of concept to iron out their new route towards Japanese. Some good selection of Japanese Gin and Sake you can find in here with many of the Japanese Gin I have not seen before. Of course, you can still pick your selection of wine at the rack.

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Still the same as you need to find this blue door, to head up to their secret hideout.

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Ding dong and there will be some one to lead you in.

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Menu is pretty direct.

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Jeng jeng jeng, here are some of the Japanese Gin that you can pick for your order.

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for a start, we start off with Sake mix.

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If you are hunry, they got local infusion of bar snacks and their pricing is very reasonable. For snacks I would be recommending:

  1. any of their Roast Pork Series as it is pretty good.
  2. Squid
  3. Signature Mezasoba for mains

Penang Lor Bak @ RM 15

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Baby Octopus with Thai chili Sauce @ RM 12

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Collins Beef Burger  @ RM 15

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Chicken Karage @ RM 14

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Garlicky Spicy Siew Yuk @ RM 18

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Grill Saba fish @ RM 20

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Deep Fried Nam Yu Fried Pork Belly @ RM 14

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Japanese Fried Gyoza (6pcs) @ RM 16

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Collins Signature Mezasoba @ RM 25

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Siew Yuk Ramen @ RM 18

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Grilled Lamb Chop @ RM 30

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They classic Japanese Gin is quite awesome. IF you love variety of Japanese Gin in PJ area, they options are pretty alright. For ladies, you would definitely love the Sakurao Japanse Dry Gin or Yuzu Gin. These two are so easy to drink that the effect will knock you off direct. Both have its own fragrant.

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My personal favourite is this among the 3 we have tried. Okinawa Gin is in deed a classic yet unique. A flavour that not many will enjoy as it is quite strong and pungent after taste. A bit woody end. This is like drinking Isle whisky which is on the oaky side.

A new eatery had pop up in Uptown Damansara and this is the new MiyagiSays. I really do give me an impression of Karate Kid movie. Not only that, I personally felt that it is a nice place to hang out with friends too.

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This new bar in Uptown Damansara  do have its own twist in  both  the stories and also their food. They are serving Japanese Fusion food with a twist of local infusion. More like a Japanese Mamak style. Hence you can see some of the servings are like Mamak version. This Japanese Bar in PJ also serve pretty well known Highballs.  It is actually soda with whisky. One of a famous streetfood or yakitori moment that a must have drink.

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A place which is minimalist interior with  raw finishing and their lvl 1 will blow you away.

 

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Starting off with signature Miyagi Highballs. A refreshing drink that have a nice balance of flavour, bubbles that I like and with a slice of Lemon.

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Onigiri Original – with a Nasi Lemak Twist in it. Serve with fried popiah base and seaweed sheet

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Miyagi Potato Chips. Crispy that goes well with  my highball and to dip along chef special sambal which is not too spicy yet fragrant. Just nice.

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Sup Tulang Nabe is more like a combination of Bak Kut Teh but they make it into a twist of Japanese version. Love the soup which is slight pappery that give you a hint of heat at the end.

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Maggi Ox Tongue

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I quite like Miyagi Nga Pou Kai Fan. Using Japanese Soy Sauce and Chicken being grill first before adding on top. Can ask for extra soy sauce if you want it to get a little salty. Just nice as  the flavour really does goes well with the highball.

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If you want some snacks to bite then Bak Kwa Pork Belly is pretty good. Nicely glazed and grilled.

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Butter milk Kai

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Cream Cheese Kai Si Fatt is da bomb! A must order  if you like Kai Si Fatt (Chicken Backside)

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Egg bomb turns out to be better than expected. Potato and mash with perfectly cooked egg in the middle with a bed of salmon tartar.

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Another 2 drinks we got is Henny Highball  and Sake Highball. The uniqueness of their highball is the tap behind is being imported from Japan that gives it a unique kind of soda water.

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After that we adjourn to upstairs with liveband on every weekend. A different kind of look whereby the bar is fitted with white titles and alot of neon corner which is perfect for picture taking. Best to come here around evening.

There are 2 different menu being served as mains are only available downstairs and only some snacks are available in Level 1.

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Continue our night with Gin with Plum (I think girls will like this a lot. Simple drink). Cocktail highball. 

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They also have a unique tai wah sek game. Do check them out.

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Indeed a nice Japanese bar in PJ  to chill out.

Location:
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52G, Jalan SS 21/35,
Damansara Utama, 47400
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: 03-7731 6195

Operating Hours: 4pm – 2am

When I was driving to this place, it seems like the area would not have a bar as it seems out from Old Klang Road. Indeed Sakura Den located at Off Old Klang Road is actually in Kampung Pasir area. After checking this place out, this would be one of a recommended speakeasy bar in Old Klang Road to hunt for.

This hidden bar in KL is head by Arsenio Mariano Jr., better known as Ash. Holding up as winner of the Bar Awards Luminaries 2019. With his vast exploration around South East Asia had is making his drinks quite adventurous.  A local mixologist Sabahan that did pretty outstanding drinks with local infusion.

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A  place where the regulars come often for their usual drink with a glass or two before heading back to their home.

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Cocktail’s Creed, which takes place every Sunday from now until March 2020, sets guests up for a surprise with every drink. Going against the grain, Ash prefers that you tell him the flavours or ingredients you don’t like, and he’ll conjure up a custom cocktail that just might make your favourites list.

Select 2 cocktails for RM70+ or 3 cocktails for RM90+ and journey with Ash through unique flavour profiles derived from using house-made ingredients such as ginseng flower and tongkat ali infusions, peach gum, and jujube syrup. Ask him about Mexican worm salt aka sal de gusano and he’ll be happy to oblige your curiosity.

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For some quick snacks/bites, hit on  their :
1. Tomato Salsa Bruschetta  with feta cheese @ RM16+
2. Chili Garlic Prawns served with garlic bread @ RM18+
3. Fish Metti catfish with coriander, butter and Parmesan cheese baked with garlic bread @ RM18+

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For a start, we try out his signature: Birds Nest Kinsey Gin, Birds Nest, Peach Gum Infused With Longan Jujube Syrup & Ume @ RM 48. Clever mix of flavour that gives you hint of longan jujube along with peach gum gives you the substitute of bird next texture and gin that goes well with it. A nice balance of flavour.

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Twisted Queen – Brugal Blanco, Carpano Antica Formula, Mangosteen Juice, Pandan Syrup, Lime @ RM 36

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For a simple light drink to go with, as I want to maintain my palate for the night simple. Ginza SpritzKinsey Gin, Mathilde Poire Liqueur, Nigori Yuzushu, Shiso leaves, Lemon and a splash of Soda @ RM 38 is one of a right drink to hunt for. Simple yet spot on with few flavours that linger in your mouth.

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This is like the limited edition bottle or its supply is very limited, only 1000 bottles produce a year. Ume Hi One of a very unique flavour. Its kind of must try if you are a gin lover. A clean and refreshing cocktail that uses Benichu 19° – an oak barrel matured umeshu.

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Kopi Jantan – an espresso based cocktail with a local influence using our house-infused Borghetti liqueuer with Tongkat Ali root. A rather interesting cocktail that gives you hint of bitterness yet liquier is not too strong but slightly prominent.

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I am a big fan of Negroni and especally smokey negroni. However for their version  of Sakura Negroni Sakurao Original, Umeshu,Chartreuse Gentiano @ RM 48. There is a slight twist. It is refershing yet, a strong lingering flavour of chartreuse and mild after sourness from umeshu is kinda interesting twist after it.

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Now I really know there is this hidden speakeasy bar that serve pretty good cocktail. Even  better if you are indecisive, just inform Ash on your flavour profile  and ask him to surprise you. I think that would be quite adventurous.

Location:
Sakura Den
First Floor,
24, Jalan Kampung Pasir,
Kampung Pasir,
58200 Kuala Lumpur,

Operating Hours: 5pm – 1am

TeL: 012-393 8627

A  Cocktail bar that gives you a nice vibe is this nice heritage interior at JANN Bar in Four Points by Sheraton, Chinatown, KL. As  for their new opening of the hotel and also this bar, we get to enjoy a 30% off on all their cocktail till 31st January 2020. This is indeed a great bargain.

A place you get to sit outdoor to enjoy the direct view of Petaling Street or the new 4 skytower of KL. KLCC, Petronas Twin Tower, The Exchange 106 and Merdeka PNB118

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check out their menu as all their cocktails are specially crafted out to infuse with inspiration of all the best hawker or a trail of heritage around the area.

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We are trying out quite number of cocktails for the night. One of the must interesting cocktail is this Bak Kwa – Jalan Hang Lekir @ RM 45 – Inspiration from  Jalan Hang  Lekir famous Oloiya meet Jerky artisan, who made this by selling orange juice. Who knows that vodka and blood orange pair well with dried orange.

Interesting combination which turns  out  to work  well.

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One of the girls favourite is this Dear Jann @ RM 50. A drink which is smooth, fragrant and fruity end is indeed a drink that is easy to consume. Gin base and pink Himalayan  Salt.

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To my surprise, Asam Laksa – Madras Lane @ RM 45 turns out to be better than  what I expected. Flavourful, tangy and hint of spicy . A gin base with Olmeca Reposado, ginger flower, asam keping, orange and calamansi. A drink that makes your palate dance.

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Have you ever thought  that our normal dessert taufufa can become a cocktail? Well, Tau Foo Fah, Jalan  Petalin @ RM 40 – an actual taufufa, with grass jelly and infuse with rum. A good taste experience, as a hint of nice aroma of soya infuse well with the rum. Not too overopowering  yet a nice balance of flavour.

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Right next to it is also indeed a unique drink by its own. Rojak – Jalan Sultan RM 40. Baradi Carta Blanca, Rojak Sauce, Ambra, Pineapple, Mango, Calamansi. I would best advise for all of you to share this drink. Not only a strong knock on your palate that gets you confuse but an very interesting drink.

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This is the most unique drink of all. It is a love hate relationship. by the name The Tailor – Jalan Sultan @ RM 45 is indeed a drink that is created to suits on the odor of the shop. A century old tailor shop at Jalan Sultan still uses traditional sewing machine. A drink with Jack Daniel whisky with infusion of bonito flakes. A drink that give you a strong knock on both smell and taste.

Location:
JANN Bar
Four Points by Sheraton, Chinatown
2, Jalan Balai Polis,
City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 03-2035 7333

Operating Hours: 4pm – 1am

The scene of dining in KL is getting more interesting. From scent experiancial to story telling. Currently running is the The World’s Smallest Chef KL known as Le Petit Chef, In The Footsteps of Marco Polo happening in Elements, TREC KL.

A 5 course dinner that brings you to different country. Quite a great story telling and journey though.

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ambiance is pretty nice as can be set up according to the number of pax have made during reservation. For night session on weekend, they have 2 session in total. They start on the dot and I mean on the dot. If it is 7pm means 7pm start. The most also delay 5minutes as they need to cater for another session after that.

So do take note that on weekdays with traffic jam, do really plan your time accordingly.

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Let the dinner story begins.

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A story about Marco Polo with Le Petit chef heading for a flavour adventure.

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FIRST COURSE : THE JOURNEY BEGINS
Pacific Oyster Cream | Fourme d’Amber, toasted walnut brioche, honeycomb

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SECOND COURSE : MIDDLE EASTERN
Charcoal roasted beetroot, chickpea hummus, parsley, feta cheese | Marinated lamb, shallots, pomegranate, yoghurt dip | Lebanese onion, raisins, smoked duck, hazelnut

Quite impress with this dish as they are quite flavourful, fragrant and hits most of the taste of a middle eastern.

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The host also change his costume according to the theme.

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THIRD COURSE : INDIA
Rasam, green lentil, mint leaf, deep fried sweet neem leaves | Polos salmon, green pea masala, curry leaf, spicy shallot | Rice idli, tikka chutney, kurkuri bhindi, salted chili

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FOURTH COURSE : HIMALAYAN
NO2 raspberry sorbet, kaffir lime soda, mint jelly

This is indeed very refreshing, especially with the dry ice effect, most of the kids love it.

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FIFTH COURSE : CHINA
Corn fed chicken, monkey ear mushroom, candied ginger, mushroom foam, baby leek, flat rice noodle

chicken is juicy, skin is slight crips and it is pretty good.

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SIXTH COURSE : FRANCE
Tonko creme brulee, chocolate mousse, blackberry, freeze dried orange

A nice ending with 2 types flavour of dessert. creme brulee is sweet enough to my liking and the chocolate mousse

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A food adventure with 5 different countries and I think it is not too bad. Do see alot of kids enjoying it and also the dishes serve are above my expectation. No wonder they are quite filled up.

Location:
Le Petit Chef at Elements KL
Hive, Unit H-G-11, TREC KL,
438, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.

Phone : +603 2282 6413

Email : [email protected]

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