Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Bar by Sam Kinugawa @ Empire Damansara

The Bar opened this week with no fanfare, no flashy launches & no hype, hidden on a secluded corridor with no foot traffic, providing pleasurable proof that some of the places most worth unveiling are the ones that modestly try to fly under the radar.

The Bar - a name that's markedly minimalist - is spearheaded by the two-man show of Japanese bartender Osam "Sam" Kinugawa & his Malaysian partner Chin; the story goes that Chin once visited Kinugawa's Tokyo workplace, Bar Nems in Meguro, & was so impressed that he coaxed Kinugawa to come to Malaysia & helm a similar bar here.

The Bar is on Empire Damansara's first floor; it currently has no neighbours, since most of this complex's F&B outlets - from Boat Noodle to Sevencups - remain firmly one floor below. It's an elegant space with elevated seating at the counter that evokes the feel of a sushi bar, bringing customers to an even eye-level with Kinugawa, the better to stimulate conversation.

The still-serene interior is swathed in warm, welcoming hues; we also like the alfresco terrace with its verdant view. Our new favourite secret spot plans to smoke its own ham & cheese soon, serving them as snacks that might be a magnet for crowds.

No official cocktail list is offered so far, but we recommend this rendition of the Moscow Mule, comprising Belvedere Vodka & The Bar's own-made ginger ale. Most of the cocktails cost between RM30 & RM50.

Fruit cocktails are a speciality here; our best-loved mangosteen makes an admirable appearance, its tasty-sweet essence mixed with rum. Chin & Kinugawa say their dragon fruit cocktail is also a winner, but we'll save that for future sipping. Expect to hear more about The Bar in the months to come.

The Bar by Osam Kinugawa
112, First Floor, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Open Monday-Saturday, 6pm-2am

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18 comments:

  1. Lovely location and oh my! - a mangosteen cocktail - yes please!

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    1. The Yum List: it's a calm, restful bar, the ideal antidote to the crowded bars :) i've loved mangosteens ever since i was a kid, so i'm glad they're coming into fashion for cocktails in kl! :D

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  2. Nice long bar. I love sitting at the bar, not so keen on the tables around a pub.

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    1. Suituapui: the bar's a good spot for solitary drinkers, care-free minglers and folks who like to watch the action at the bar, up close and personal :D

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  3. Seems like a quiet and comfortable place to retreat and have a sip on their cocktail!

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    1. Ken: yeah, very calm and comfy, it's quite a sanctuary :D

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  4. I am surprised that there was no fanfare when they opened. It has a nice, serene, crisp and clean atmosphere.

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    1. Linda: yeah, they've been quite hush-hush about opening :) and your description of this place is pretty much perfect :)

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  5. I like the ambiance, calm and nice, too bad I am not a cocktails fan. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, hopefully they'll consider serving some japanese finger food here someday :)

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  6. Nice ambiance for a bar..... very soothing. Ooooo mangosteen cocktail sure sounds good.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, it's a refreshing change from a lot of the other bars around kl. and the music seems to be kept soft and discreet, phew. as soon as chin mentioned mangosteen cocktail, i knew i'd order it! :)

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  7. Love the ambiance. Nice for a quiet drink. Kudos for keeping the music low!

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    1. Missy: yeah, for a calm night out, with some cool cocktails, this place could hit the spot! :D

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  8. ya you can know more of them through their Google+ Page

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/107542948194017170078/about

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    1. Nicholas: thanks for the link :)

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  9. is it open to public already?

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