Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Pool @ Ampang

Now that the haze of whiskey & beer has faded after a week's worth of free-flow parties at The Pool, it's time to see what this Ampang freshman has to offer for regular customers on an ordinary evening.

The Pool might seem more of a watering hole than a restaurant, especially since most of its tables are a little too low & some of its seats are slightly too high. But it has heat right now, enough to entice everyone here.

If the menu feels familiar, it's because The Pool is the sister outlet of The Hill at Damansara Heights. Expect crowd-pleasing snacks like calamari coated with salted egg.

Gnocchi with chicken sausage in cream sauce. It's not haute cuisine, but it's not horrible cuisine.

Asahi beer battered fish & chips. We wouldn't be able to discern the difference between Hoegaarden-battered fish with something Carlsberg-battered, but rest assured that this is enjoyable.

Smoked duck wrap with nachos, something tastier than what many Tex-Mex restaurants in KL serve. The meat's pretty juicy & flavorsome _ fowl that's far from foul..

Cocktails here are essentially the same as The Hill's. Our fave: Marmalade Pie (Smirnoff Citrus Vodka, Muddled Orange & Vanilla Milk, topped with caramelized Cointreau meringue _ yum!).

Nutella Martini _ vodka, white curacao, frangelico, nutella, milk.

Malacca-Loda: Angustura 1919 Rum, Malibu, Orange Bitters, Kaya & Coconut Water.

The Pool is adjacent to Nihonkan Club on Jalan Ampang, beside the former Spasso Milano. Expect to hear more about this location soon: a Japanese restaurant called Kyoto Lab may open here by May.

The Pool,
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
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37 comments:

  1. was here last Friday night for the Glenmorangie event. Somehow the place looks nice and serene during the day. Cocktails look good:D A good place to chill before the crowd comes in to party:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, it seems quite peaceful on a weekday evening before sunset. maybe a bit too peaceful, even though the deejay is playing LMFAO on the speakers =) and ya, you're rite, the cocktails are fun & playful! :D

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  2. Hmmm.. what do you think of the prices of the cocktails? Acceptable for the location?

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    1. TNG: ya, at first glance, some of the cocktails might look pricey, but some of them are big enough to be shared, and most of them contain quite a lot of ingredients. i'd say the prices are indeed fair :D

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  3. the nutella cocktail caught my eye

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    1. Michelle: eye-catching and tasty! :D

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  4. Nutella Martini? Then I think there should be a peanut butter cocktail somewhere. LOL

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    1. CK: oooh, there should have been, so far, tak nampak langsung! :D

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    2. Better yet - a peanut butter and Nutella martini! :D

      P.S. Kyoto Lab? Ooh, I wonder if they are the green tea version of espressoLAB? :P

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    3. Kenny: I wonder if anyone will ever offer a cockle cocktail! I'd call it a Seehum Sling! :D p.s. hahah, no relation, definitely, but let's hope it's as good at sushi as espressolab is with coffee! :D

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  5. It's not haute cuisine, but it's not horrible cuisine.
    Hahahaha to that. ;P

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, i guess that description probably applies to a lot of cafe food in KL :D

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  6. HA HA HA! Not horrible cuisine... love that! I think I've hit my lifetime quota of too-low tables and too-high chairs though. Low-effort chilling please!

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    1. Min: i second that sentiment! i was scouring this place in vain for a proper table where we could eat our fish & chips without having to lean down and ruin our posture :D

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  7. Oh, I did see everything in the post but don't know what to say! I mean, of course, I would like them all! ;)) Especially the wraps! Yummmmm... *super hungry*

    And, Sean, it's been a looong while! Sorry!! Hope you've been okay! Keep eating nice! ;)) Share with me your dishes sometimes, lar :p

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    1. Rad: no worries, take care of yourself! it's good to see you online once in awhile, but no need to pressure yourself into being around if you can't :D

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  8. the calamari coated with salty egg is a trend now....
    very nice

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    1. Simple Person: ya, i'm not sure which i prefer: crabs in salted egg yolk, calamari or prawns :D

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  9. Ahhh...this place brings back memories. Had my ROM here...when Spasso Milano was still around. :)

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: heheh, i can't say i have a soft spot for this location. it can be agonizing to battle traffic to get here on a weekday evening =)

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  10. was here for GlenM. drinks. the booze should be better than the food hor;)

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    1. Ciki: heheh, yeah, i'd recommend the cocktails here. though the food is definitely decent too :D

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  11. The cocktails sound interesting.. The Marmalade Pie looks like a pizza in a martini glass.

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    1. Smitten By Food: it's a cocktail that you need to eat with a spoon (for the top layer of meringue)! :D

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  12. This place look very nice for nice Hi-Tea!

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    1. Nikel: i think they're planning to do sunday brunches! :D

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  13. Ooh, Nutella Martini!!! I'm going tonight!

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    1. The Yum List: it's the ideal cocktail to order in lieu of dessert! :D

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  14. Wonder how the nutella martini taste like?

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    1. Pureglutton: hazelnutty and milky and kinda chocolatey too, heheh :D

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  15. the pool looks small. hehe i hope no one falls into it after a drink or two.

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    1. Eiling: heheh, that's true, i wonder how deep the pool is :D

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  16. There will be a pool party on May 20th . Sunday .
    Be sure to get wet . All are invited to come .

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  17. is this place 18 and above?

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  18. love the place and dying for the foods!
    Is it HALAL? Sorry, I'm just asking. :)))
    wanted to go there!

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  19. i would like to go and visit The Pool Tonight.
    shall i make a booking or just walk in ?

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