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Madmen in Tropicana Avenue  had been one of our regular hang out spot with me and my friends, even before MCO. Right till recently, they have revamp the place with Liveband and new Menu. It was then an instant hit as it is rare that you will find a bar with live band in PJ. Madmen certainly is one of them. Check out their daily different live band here: MadMen Live Music, Wine & Beer
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Cozy ambiance as the aircon is on full blast. If you enjoy such environment like me, you will be lurvin it. Right after a few drinks, then you will star to feel warm. Do make bookings if you wish to seat in the mean live band area. It is constantly fully book not to mention especially on Friday and Saturday. On weekdays like Tuesday to T

hursday is often full house. That is why you see most of the table are with reserve.
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DSCF7344Chill out place that will never break your pocket and if you are a wine lover, this is one of a wine bar in PJ that you can go after. Not a huge selection but enough to hit your palate with price range from RM 109 onwards.
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Often we are here for beers, and only till recently they starting off with cocktails. madmen pj menuFor that day, they were on from to order some food before the main famous Modern Jazz Band in PJ go live at 8.30pm.
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So we start off with Madmen Platter @ RM70 combination of cold cut.  one of an easy combination to go with wine lovers
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If you are a beer drinker like me then these 2 works well. Egg Plant Chips with honey coated @ RM 18. Perfectly goes very well with my Asahi.

Garlic Prawn @ RM 35. Grilled fresh tiger prawns, head fumet reduction, garlic bread and Chives
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Mains we had Hudang Pasta @ RM 32, Spaghettini, Grilled fresh tiger prawns, cilantro, lime, prawn head infuse olive oil
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Haram-Biata @ RM 28. Love the taste of it as it is generous with mince spicy pork. Spaghetti is cook to al dante. Goes well with wine or beer.

classic carbonaraEggcellent Carbonara @ RM 28. Simple and direct that will never go wrong. Tagliatelle, Smoked bacon, onsen egg, grana padano, white wine creme

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Wah Gyu Brrr-gger @ RM 50. 200g wagyu patty, cheddar cheese, brioche bun,bacon,caramelize  onion.  Cook super  medium rare.wagyu burgerEnding our night with their signature Flaming Brownie @ RM 20
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live band in pjMain highlight for the night is this famous Modern Jazz live band in PJ. I didnt know that they do have such a strong follower that one of my friend is also one of their fan. The combination of saxophone : Eddy, Keyboardist : Lee Peng and singer Celist voice is pretty amazing. No wonder they have such strong follower. They are here for the whole month of mid May to June 2022 on every Thursday. Do remember to book a spot!

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could this be one of the best live band bar in PJ? I think so as every day they do have different genre of band. Check them out here : MadMen Live Music, Wine & Beer

Location:

MadMen Live Music, Wine & Beer

PJ 01-17 & 18,

No, Lot P, 12, Persiaran Tropicana,

Tropicana Avenue,

47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Operating Hours: 3pm–1am

Tel: 03-76606808

One of the latest hidden speakeasy bar in KL is this The First Chapter in TTDI. Be prepare to let the mixologist blew away our mind on their special mix. I find it quite interesting as some of their signature is its an infusion with Indian heritage.

the first chapter speakeasy ttdiUpon your booking, get the pin code from your reservation and at the secret door, just press on the pin code to enter. Upon waking up the stairs, look for a hidden book shelf that is able to pull outwards. That’s the place to go in.
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A place that you can certainly chill with your friends. Cozy and dim.

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speakeasy bar in ttdithe first chapter speakeasy klStarting off with some of their signature cocktails:

THE FIRST CHAPTER SIGNATURE CHRYSANTHEMUM INFUSED GIN @ RM42 : first on the left
This medley of sweet, warm and tangy flavours adds a twist to the classic Gin & Tonic.
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THE SCOTTISH NUT @ RM 35 : orange base
The peatiness from the Johnnie Walker Black Label combined with creaminess from our House Infused Hazelnut Tincture leads to a well balanced, citrusy sweet cocktail.

THE RUSS @ RM 38 : pink base on the far right
Perfect for Gin lovers,this naughty cocktail
is infused with Tuak to give it that added kick!

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BEN’S MARGARITA @ RM 38
Ben’s version of the classic Margarita. With a healthy double shot of Don Julio Tequila, this refreshing cocktail will leave you wanting more. Ask Ben to find out more!

PAYASAM @ RM 30
Our take on the classic Indian dessert we all know and love, this dessert cocktail is perfect for mint lovers with a sweet tooth.

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WAKE ME THE F*CK UP @ RM 35
One for the coffee lovers out there! A cocktail sure to Wake You The F*ck Up! (Pardon the French)

Gula Melaka Chicken Bites is one my recommended bites. Simply juicy and crispy. Gula Melaka sauce its kinda itneresteing that is not overpowering yet do pair well with the cocktail.

3 Beef Sliders is filled with Australian beef brisket, caramelized onions, homemade anchovy oil, Monterey Jack cheese sandwich within two toasted bun. 3 in a serving. Share share is caring as the bites to some of you might not be enough.

there are some other bites too like Deep Fried Mushroom & Onion Ring

Get your reservation to have a table with a special pin code. Have fun.

Location:

The First Chapter TTDI 139a, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur (the row behind CIMB TTDI)

Operating Hours: 5pm – 12pm (temporary) Tel: 011-2319 2556

It has been a while since I last dine in an upscale restaurant where MCO just took our 2 years away. I have seen alot influencers in this casual dining resturant in KL known as Blackbyrd KL in Naza Tower which is just a stone throw away from KLCC Petronas Twin Tower or in this area Platinum Park KL.

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It was special treat for me on my special day, was just brought here to enjoy the view, ambiance, food and drinks. Just head all the way up to 55th Floor if I remember correctly.

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We are here for early bird as it is still so called “endemic” reservations are divided into 2 sessions. 6-8pm / 8pm till late.

  1. if you choose early session and if you are lucky, you get to see sunset
  2. night just enjoy night view and drink all the way

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Dining area are divided into 2, as I was seated in both dining and bar area. I would say you enjoy early dinner then you move to the cocktail bar after 8pm to continue your chilling at the counter or high spender table with the perfect view.

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The VIP table with the view where you get to see Petronas Twin Tower, KL Tower and Merdeka 118 Tower, KL.

Blackbyrd KL menu 2022

I guess to our sheer luck as this would be their new menu of 2022 and was told that what we previously wanted to order is no longer available and it seems that they have new head chef on board.

after looking at the menu, Blackbyrd food seems more like fusion with towards Asian, Indonesian local inspired cuisine. Of course there are a few items that caught my attention.

Blackbyrd signature dish

This is Blackbyrd all time signature: Crispy Nori Crunch @ RM 29 – tempura nori seaweed, spicy salmon, salmon roe and parmeson cheese.

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Nicely presented that have colour to it, however I find that it lacks of flavours. Cripsy inside out with a bit of saltiness from fish roe and hint of parmesan.

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Of course by name itself, I imagine it sounds simple that caught my attention. Truffle Tagliolini @ RM 59 – fresh truffle and truffle butter.

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Upon serving, the smell of truffle is already pretty strong. Topped with 4-5 thin slices of fresh  fresh truffle to make it look more solid. Taste is indeed spot on. Creamy to my liking with a punch of Pretty strong truffle taste. Felt that tagliolini is made fresh with cook to perfection. Slight chewy and al-dante – recommended

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After staring for a long while, nothing that caught my attention as I find the rest are quite normal. So I pick something familiar to me. Iga Bakar Sambal Idjo @ RM 145 – Black Angus Short Ribs MB 2, green chili, gurih Rice.

This is certainly one of a atas Indonesian or Balinese kind of food. Flavours are pretty spot on as I just find that the Sambal could be spicier like the one I had in both Jakarta and Bali. Black Angus ribs is marinated and cook well . Certainly do have the taste of atas Indonesian street food version.

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risotto

Since I have heard Gordan Ramsey or some cooking show keep using saffron. Originally was suppose to go with King Prawn Saffron Risotto and it was not available. Changed to this Rendang Saffron Risotto (If i remember correctly  which is special of the day)

Risotto is spot on. I have not tasted Saffron before so do not know how to describe.  First time doing this Rendang and risotto apparently the taste seems to blends well.

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Was here for my Birthday celebration in Mid February 2022.

Blackbyrd night view

This is the night view of Blackbyrd Skybar KLCC view.

Overall, If we guess correct as since most of the dishes wanted to order on that day menu no longer available and assuming the chef just reported, with its cooking I am impress.

If you are in the mood for atas ambiance dining or for celebration with Asian inspired food flavour with KLCC view then can consider here as one of the options.

*Pork FREE

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, okay la good pun but expensive! Stamped-

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

Location:
Blackbyrd KL
Platinum Park,
Naza Tower,
10, Persiaran KLCC,
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 012-689 8576

Operating Hours: 12pm–12am

If you are looking for one party place, hangout place, chill place is this famous bar in Wet Deck in W Hotel KL. Before MCO it was pack with humans. Right now it is more relax and chill. I usually come here for their happy hour as it is affordable, with great ambiance and a bar that over look KLCC Petronas Twin Tower.

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This is their evening view and below is their night ambiance. 360 change and of course with the ambiance below to kicks in you need to make a reservation as it is always fully book.

Be prepare to spend more too.

 

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see see the view. Jeng leiii. Imagine at night?

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a bar with pool view and our grand Petronas Twin Tower View

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If you are here in the evening, it is going to be warm.

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Just chilling away.

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Call them to book : +60 12 347 9088

Check out more details: Wet Deck Bar 

 

Before we coming to end of the year and feeling festive yet not too sure where to go for a nice place to chill. Well, lets head to the new atas food court known as Tiffin At The Yard at Sentul, KL. Love the location as the surroundings is quite oversea with rustic and classic red brick buildings around and Sentul depo is just around the corner. Many instagramble corner can be taken in this premises.

The best part is Tiffin At The Yard is going to be permanent.

 

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Just look at the surroundings.

do note that if you are taking anything for commercial, do apply permit at their office. In Tiffin At the Yard : Who is here and what to eat: check out their page : Tiffin at The Yard

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There are plenty of parking space and it is free. Just prepare to walk abit as there are 3 segment of carpark.

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Tiffin At The Yard is going to be a permanent area

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For this round, these are the vendors that currently taking place. What to expect:

  1. variety of mixture of food is avaiable.
  2. do prepare to fork out some money for it as food here is ranging from RM 15 onwards. Average about RM 25-RM 35 per portion.
  3. what you get in return, is a cool vibe oversea ambiance.

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there are vendors like Red Red Botak Head

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Little People that sells pastries

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Superfine Tacos

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Thyme Out Mexican food

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Some no stranger from Kedai Roti Universal cafe

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Yum.Cha

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Feeling chilling and some mixologist corner right at mezzanine floor. Above the area selling wine.

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beverage corner and wine corner

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Tiger beer corner is not operating and beloeve they will operate at night. Quite a cool corner they have.

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There are variety of vendors in the area and I find that Olivia Deli is a must hunt stall. I find that their Squid Ink Paella is da bomb @ RM 35! one of the best paella I come across. Did spoke to them as currently they do not have a restaurant yet. This is their first pop up.

Their new restuarant currently under renovation and will be operating in Bangsar. I am looking forward for this.

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Serve pippin hot as I was aiming them quite a while and all their service are made to order. Once, this portion is sold out, they will make a new next batch. So aim for the corner area which gives you a little crunch and also this is pack with flavours. With the kind of stock that they are using and it is cook to perfection!

I also tried their Chicken and Duck Paella @ RM 32. It is not too bad, not the usual you can get in KL. Worth to give it a try but still Squid Ink is the best.

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Beef Jianbing @ RM35, which is fried rice wrapped with egg, and topped with sous-vide beef shoulder.

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Not a bad dish, as it heads towards more on the salty end.

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One of my friend is vegan so she opted for Bagellicious.

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I see many instagrammer post about this so my sis bought to try it out. Lickin Chan ice cream. Not bad as they got a few interesting flavours.

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Mr.Crab

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Another recommended stall is this Philipno Jamaican stall. I totall miss out their stall picture as this stall sits right opposite Red Red Botak Head.

Pretty good dish, as meat is soft and generous with avocado. Pack with spice flavours and it is something unique that I come across. Worth to give it a try as it is at RM 35.

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read some other post : Alta burger seems to be a big hit here which I think I miss out or do not see them. Will certainly aim them on my next visit.

2 stalls I think would recommend that I personally think worth to try:

  1. Olivia Deli – Squid Ink Paella
  2. Jamaican Philipno food – oppsite red red botak head stall.

This is a cool place to be in if you are not too sure where to do during this festive season. A great place to chill and catch up. Certainly will come back again!

Location:
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PT189-PT183-PT185 Jalan Strachan,
Off, Jln Ipoh, Sentul,
51100 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours:
Thurs & Fri : 5pm – 12am
Sat & Sun : 10am – 11am

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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japanese gin

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.

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