It’s a fitting tribute to the globalised world when one can sit at a bar in a Balinese restaurant, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and participate in the favourite French past time of people-watching; this is exactly what one can do, with glee aplomb at Mama San, Suria KLCC.
From a strategic location, overlooking the park that was once occupied by Dome, you can now swap a cuppa for a cocktail and lose hours upon end, watching the thousands who throng the capital pass you by, without a worry in the world.
Reflecting the many pages of its menu that serve up a modern take on many Asian cuisines, over a dozen cocktails are infused with distinctly Asian flavours courtesy of herbs, spices and fruits. Ingredients like lychee, ginger, chillies, kafir lime and coconut flood your palate with sweet sensations making these cocktails the most dangerously drinkable drinks you may ever enjoy.
Here are just a few you can look forward to:
Lychee Tiffin punch
A cocktail built for two, this lychee punch is served in a two-tiered tiffin, which, when opened serves up a fruity delight made with vodka, lychee, strawberry, mint, vanilla, orange, lemon and lime. The punch is light, refreshing, and a perfect drink for a lazy afternoon.
The perfectly balanced Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug, maintaining tradition while keeping up with the beautiful aesthetics. The tangy cocktail is made of vodka, house made ginger beer, simple syrup, lime and topped up with a sprig of mint.
No mid-day bar hop would be complete without a mojito, and the coconut mojito is the perfect order for tropical tastiness. Rum, coconut water, simple syrup, mint, lime and coconut shavings combine for a concoction that deserves a beach, a ukulele and a coconut song.
Espresso ginger martini
The coup de grâce to any drinking session is a shot of espresso, unless of course that espresso is accompanied by vodka. Vodka, Kahlua and espresso make a potent martini, but the real bite comes from the ginger. The bar hands kindly serve a much needed chocolate truffle to balance this cocktail.
So for a change of pace and scenery, from your day or your regular haunts, visit Mama San at Lot G46, Ground Level, Suria KLCC, pick a spot, nestle yourself in, get a few cocktails, and let the world pass you by.
For another stop on your bar hop, check out Abacus, where chef Isadora Chai is promising enticing cocktails, alongside her favourite whiskies.