Monday, July 24, 2017

The Rum Bar @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

The Werner's Group's latest contribution to its stronghold of Changkat Bukit Bintang is home to Malaysia's biggest rum selection, trotting from Trinidad to Thailand, Belize to Barbados, Puerto Rico to the Philippines, to offer more than 200 labels, served over ice, in flights, as cocktails or even transformed into rum ciders. The bar's opening party provided a fun peek into its future: If you're a fan of The Whisky Bar that's long been a Werner's favourite on this street, this is the rum-loving equivalent, bringing plenty of intriguing elements to the table.

While enthusiasts can spend many happy evenings exploring the shelves of rum, the rest of us might indulge in The Rum Bar's cocktails - perhaps the Chocolate & Orange Old Fashioned, blending Diplomatico Mantuano with dark cacao, orange curacao, & angostura & orange bitters. The Rum Bar also takes pride in its Rum Cider originals, combining rum with Strongbow ciders for reinvigorating concoctions like The Don (Cana Brava 3-Year-Old + Strongbow Gold Apple), Spring Buzz (Angostura Reserva + Strongbow Elderflower), Honeydrop (Cachaca 51 + Strongbow Honey) & Berry Sweet (Captain Morgan + Strongbow Dark Fruit). Food is never an afterthought at Werner's outposts - a preview of the kitchen's capabilities proved impressive, with nuanced flavours & fresh textures to represent global cuisine with key ingredients sourced from Borneo.

The Rum Bar
47 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Sun-Thurs, 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-3am. Tel: 03-2110-3678

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SoloMen Cafe @ SS2, Petaling Jaya

Folks in SS2 are flocking to SoloMen for Japanese-inspired soul food: No fewer than a dozen ramen recipes are available, including the Stamina Ramen, a hearty, heartwarming bowl of wheat noodles topped with sliced pork, garlic, egg & beansprouts in broad-bean broth (RM18.80). Rice fans also have lots to choose from - we enjoy egg-rice combos, so the omelette-blanketed don with a house-made sweet sauce hit the spot for us (RM16.90). SoloMen's fare should please both young & old, though the former may be more receptive toward the contemporary coffee-based beverages served here.

SoloMen Cafe
16, Jalan SS 2/24, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tues-Thurs, 12pm-10pm; Fri-Sun, 12pm-12am. Tel: 016-289-9079

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Good Blue Men @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya

This cosy, cheerful new neighbourhood cafe specialises in vibrantly plated sandwiches prepared to order, most prominently a few with fun Malaysian twists - think thick & tender cuts of chicken breast, drenched in rich, robust house-made kam heong sauce with arugula in oregano toast, or pulled chicken with cinnamon caramelised pineapples with a mellow, fruity-zesty achar sauce in cranberry toast (RM20 each). Worthwhile for a warm, hearty & reasonably wholesome lunch.

While sandwiches are GBM's distinctive flagship offering, a complete selection of everything from matcha pancakes (RM10) to tomyam pasta is also available, complemented by cakes like the chocolate mousse studded with almonds & pumpkin & sunflower seeds (RM13). Thirst-quenchers run the gamut from handcrafted coffee mocktails like the Blood Black (RM14; a hyper-caffeinated rush of double espresso with cola, pomegranate & lime juice) & 12-hour cold brews (RM12) to the refreshingly cool 'rusty latte' (RM11) & green tea with vanilla ice cream & almond nibs (RM13). Good Blue Men looks set to be a red-hot entry to Section 17; a bit of trivia - the cafe's name is a play on a Cantonese phrase that reflects its founders' mission to become better men.

Good Blue Men PJ
AG-1, Ground Floor, Block A, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 8am-10pm.


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Satti Sorru Indian Claypot Curry Rice @ Pudu

Monitor lizard claypot curry rice? This friendly new Indian food stall in Pudu promises curries surprisingly cooked to order, meticulously mixed with rice & meat in claypots for fresh, fragrant & fiery soul food, in a homage to the home recipes of matriarchs who loved feeding their families.

Choose from monitor lizard (RM15; wild-caught from the jungles near Sitiawan in Perak), mutton (RM12), wild boar (RM10) or chicken (RM8); Satti Sorru's friendly team will then prepare your individual curry in a claypot with creamy masala pastes, tomatoes, onions, coriander leaves & more, adding in the rice & meat before serving. You can select your spice level; medium may be sufficiently fiery for many customers. 

The result is a deep-flavoured, rich-textured concoction, moist & meaty, hot & hearty - a treat for fans of Indian fare that's painstakingly prepared with no shortcuts. And for the curious, the morsels of monitor lizard flesh prove very bony but extremely tender, smooth & mild-tasting - certainly not unappealing at all. Ordering was a breeze on a recent Friday evening, with our claypot cooked & served within half an hour - not curry in a hurry, but worth the wait.

Satti Sorru (or listed as Satti Soru or SattiSorru.com sometimes)
1 Persiaran Jubilee, Off Jalan Loke Yew, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. Open 6pm-11pm, Wednesday-Monday. Tel: 012-938-2801



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