Saturday, September 27, 2014

Coffee As Booze: The.Bngsr Tavern @ Telawi & Vina Del Rey @ Nexus, Bangsar South

Calling itself 'a local tavern with a fusion twist,' this singularly spelled new bar is banking on a bright future in Bangsar.

The.Bngsr Tavern is a first-floor hideout with a chilled-out, sleaze-free vibe & strategic view of Telawi's streets.

The menu was still a work in progress when we visited, but the kitchen seems to have several intriguing ideas cooking, with bar snacks that include this board topped with spoonfuls of duck meat chopped up with capsicum, carrots & lettuce. Chicken tandoori & paneer pizzas are available too, while in a nod to one of Bangsar's streets, there's also a 'Jalan Bilis' serving of sauteed sausages with anchovies & onions.

By now, the bar should be offering a full range of booze; for this visit, we sipped on Patron XO Cafe, the popular blend of tequila with coffee essence (this is where our coffee theme kicks in for this entry).

Moving along, here's another new watering hole with potential: Vina Del Rey, a wine bar in Bangsar South's Nexus complex.

Vina Del Rey has an immensely impressive list of wine offered by the glass; we lost count of how many exactly, but they comprise varieties that span France, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand & more, mostly clocking in between RM25 & RM35 each.

 For this round, we tried South Africa's Barista Pinotage, a fascinating creation with rich notes of both coffee & chocolate. It'd be fun to pair this with food - Vina Del Rey hasn't launched its kitchen, but this wine might fare fairly well with meat & cheeses.

We've had coffee as tequila in this post, plus coffee as wine, so here's one more for the road: Coffee as beer. For that, we return to Desa Sri Hartamas' Buns Burger Bar. (Introduction to Buns: April 27, 2014)

Scotland's Harvietoun Old Engine OIl English Porter-style beer, with a scent of coffee grounds & a flavour of creamy coffee, buttered toffee & burnt toast. Reputedly the perfect beer with which to make an ice cream float.

 The.Bngsr Tavern
32A, First Floor, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Open Wed-Mon, 4pm-1am

Vina Del Rey
G-1, Nexus Bangsar South, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
Daily, 10am till at least 11pm. Tel: 03-2242-2878

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19 comments:

  1. Old engine oil? Oh my, this is a new one for me, Sean! :)

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    1. Linda: it's a super cool name indeed! :)

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  2. Nice to see such an extensive list of wines by the glass.

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    1. The yum list : oh yeah am always on the lookout for more varieties by the glass at fair prices :)

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  3. Looks like Bangsar is slowly regaining its popularity as the watering hole to be. Used to be jam-packed with people at one time...and then, I heard people moved to Sultan Ismail side...and then to Changkat Bukit Bintang. Never been to any since they moved to this last one - rather narrow, very congested. Duck? Ok, I'm in! And I'll have the coffee...you can have the booze. :D

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    1. Suituapui : true, bangsar had had its ups and downs over the years but it's been back on the upswing over the last couple of years, and i like it better than changkat now. Heh, duck for both of us and booze for me :)

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  4. The duck bites look pretty good ya. Not bad at all for something that is work-in-progress. ;)

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    1. Baby sumo : yeah the duck was not bad considering the kitchen wasn't fully operational. Good potential here :)

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  5. Anything with capsicum tastes good to me :D

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  6. Oooo...a wine with rich notes of both coffee & chocolate...I'll be on the lookout for the Barista Pinotage =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah and it's a super easy name to remember too, thanks to the 'barista' :)

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    2. No light bites at Vina Del Rey? Tats quite a downer I think ><

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    3. ulric: so far no food, but there will be.... They're looking to hire kitchen crew, and I think they'll serve decent food that's meant to accompany wine :)

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  7. I thought this is another coffee cafe post, haha.
    I just came back from Copenhagen, had too much coffee today, I think I had 7 cups..... :P

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    1. CK: heheh, it was fun to explore how the flavours of coffee also find their way into alcohol :D gosh, seven cups is a lot! hopefully you were able to have a good night's sleep after that :)

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  8. Old Engine Oil! Hahaha that's one that I must let the husbter's try!

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    1. Missy: heheh, it might be something right up his alley! :D

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  9. Mang thai điều thiên nhiên của mỗi người mẹ, việc làm mẹ vô cùng hạnh phúc và thiên liêng. Nhưng trong thời gian mang thai sẽ luôn là nỗi lo cho các mẹ luôn phân vân mang thai 3 tháng đầu nên ăn gì để an toàn cho thai nhi và mẹ. Việc mang thai trong 3 tháng đầu cuc kì quan trong cho mỗi thai phụ. Vì lúc này là giai đoạn các mẹ tập thích nghi với sự hình thành của bé trong tử cung và chính là thời gian để thai nhi hình thành và phát triển nên cung cấp đầy đủ dinh dưỡng cho 2 mẹ con. Và cũng trong thời gian ấy các mẹ cũng nên chú ý về việc bà bầu nên kiêng ăn gì để đảm bảo an toan cho thai nhi không ảnh hưởng tới những việc không vui. Đặc biệt nên tránh các chất kích thích các chất chua cay, chát hạn chế vận động và đi lại nhiều. Đặc biệt trong 3 tháng đầu các mẹ gặp trình trạng ngén ăn cho nên việc ăn uống rát khó khăn nên cần lựa chọn khẩu phần ăn của các mẹ nên thay đổi. Thêm rau vậy những loại rau bà bầu nên ăn để an toàn và tạo cho mẹ không còn ngén ăn nữa. Cùng chúng tôi tìm hiểu nhé:

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