Sunday, November 9, 2014

Blue Elephant @ Plaza Damansara

It's no white elephant or black sheep for sure - this new silver-screen-themed, speakeasy-style hangout has surfaced out of the blue in Bukit Damansara, instantly becoming a dark horse for future Best Bar awards. Patrons hoping to paint the town red here are likely to be tickled pink & emerge rosy-cheeked for all the right reasons.

First off, here's how to find Blue Elephant: It's farther up the road from Sam's at Plaza Damansara's shop-houses (pass Sam's on your left & go on for a bit); there's no signboard, so look for this staircase lined with Hollywood posters & walk up one flight, past Keanu, Hugh & Drew (wasn't gonna fall in love again, but then, pop goes my heart!).

When you see this (& hear the music from behind the walls), you know you're at the right place. But why the movie motif? Legend (OK, OK, gossip) has it that one of the partners behind Blue Elephant is a significant stakeholder in Village Cinemas.

Walk through the door, Neo - the shelves conceal the secret entrance into Blue Elephant, open 5pm-late everyday.

Breeze past the paparazzi & let Oscar guide you to a table. Or take a Director's Chair by the bar & order a cocktail (or six). Bonus note: Service sparkles here.

Blue Elephant (RM27; Smirnoff vodka, Chardonnay, passion fruit syrup, apple juice, grapefruit juice) & Meh-He-Kan Coffee (RM28; Jose Cuervo Gold, Patron XO, espresso, agave nectar).

Ginberry Juniper (RM25; Gordon's Gin, blueberry jam, elderflower cordial, lemon juice, sugar syrup, for sweet-toothed patrons) & Take Me (RM27; special fig-infused rum, sugar syrup, lime juice).

Asiantini (RM25; Smirnoff vodka, mango juice, lime juice, lemon grass & ginger flower). Raunchy reds & other kinds of poison are available too (we'll have to try Amin's rosemary-infused gin next time).

Ask for the food menu: Blue Elephant is an offshoot of A Li Yaa (which explains the elephant), so there's a light & lovely menu of Sri Lankan specialities, from the beloved chicken string hopper kothu (RM22) ...

... to creamy-meaty lamb roti rolls (RM16), a spicy snack to fire up the appetite even further ...

... plus pol roti (coconut flat bread) with a touch of sambal (RM8; a nice change from Western pub grub).

And of course, there's popcorn (RM4, cheaper than the cinema's), infused with peanut butter, curry or caramel.

Wait, there's more: Blue Elephant is part of a master plan that includes a new street-level Italian restaurant, expected to open next month, also founded by a KL restaurant institution. One word: Neroteca.

For now, explore the many corners of Blue Elephant - rumour has it there are private rooms & a karaoke section somewhere.

The parting words for this post belong to Abbi, A Li Yaa's founder: "Human beings have identified a wide spectrum of colors (and catalog copywriters are constantly inventing new ones), but when it comes to popular figures of speech, “blue” takes the prize for both number and variety of senses.  We speak, for example, of sadness or depression as “the blues,” although no one has ever come up with a convincing explanation why.  “Blues” music does often center on depressing “blue” subjects (lover left, dog died, etc.), but that “blue” may actually be a reference to the genre’s use of “blue notes,” halfway between proper scale notes.  Elsewhere, “blue blood” is said to signify royalty or high social class, but was originally just a reference to very light skin, which made the oxygen-rich blood in one’s veins visible under the skin.  The opposite of the blue-blooded idle rich are, of course, “blue-collar” workers, so-called for the denim shirts that once were standard factory wear. The blue elephant, my friend, is confusingly blue."

Blue Elephant Lounge Bar @ Plaza Damansara
15M & 17M, Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur

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19 comments:

  1. Gee! A cat yesterday, an elephant today. What's next? :D :D :D

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    1. Kothu! Never seen or heard of that, learnt something new today. At first I thought that was nasi bryani. *face palm*

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    2. Suituapui: heheh, no more animal names for the rest of this week, i think :)

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    3. Suituapui: hey, you're right, it does look a lot like biryani! :D

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  2. Sounds like an exciting place!

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    1. Ken: it has the potential to do pretty well :D

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  3. Oh my goodness, Sean! Had you noticed that I posted two elephant videos on my page today? (Sunday) Too funny! I echo Suituapui's comment, and I like the fact that you posted about a cat place yesterday and an elephant one today...hmmm, I venture to guess, perhaps a dog or bird next? LOL! :) Great post as always, my good friend. :)

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    1. Linda: heheh, The Pink Possum could be a cool name for a cafe :) and thank you :)

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  4. Oh, I see you had noticed my elephant videos, Sean, I just re-read your comment on my post. LOL! :) It's all good, and great minds think alike.

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    1. Linda: kindred spirits! :D

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    1. The Yum List: just in time for year-end parties! :D

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  6. If the food is affiliated with A Li Ya then I'm sold - their Sir Lankan grub is the best ever! Looks like a funky decor. Wouldn't mind a few movie stars for real ;)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yes, a li yaa is growing from strength to strength :D and maybe someday, this place could well host a few real-life stars :)

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  7. First we got cats and now elephants...soon we have a zoo :D I don't drink....but the drinks do look stunning!

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    1. Contact.ewew: it's a mouthwatering menagerie :D and any day is a good day for cocktails for me :D

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  8. I saw popcorn + peanut butter!
    I just back to Assen, had some fries with peanut sauce + mayo as lunch, hehehe. :D

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, the peanut butter in the popcorn was not too much though, so the flavour wasn't very strong :) fries with peanut butter and mayo sounds like 1,000 calories leh! but ok, delicious also :D

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  9. Came to see the lounge/bar last Sunday, 18 January 2015, to plan for a 25 PAX birthday event on Saturday. Nice set-up, friendly waiters/ waitresses and my GFs and I were showed around the private rooms where we could hold functions (or a room where this so called “Big Boss” gambles with his friends), their main room and sat down to place our order for the event.

    However, the PR/Customer Service & Management are way below “SHITS”.

    The waiter attended to us mentioned that to book the requested area we have to spend more than RM 1k and we assure him that with 25pax, the bill will definitely be more than that. Out of trust, he placed my name in the reservation book. I was absolutely sure at that time, there were no other names beside mine and also 2x confirmed with the waiter on the availability of the area.

    Mine you again, we have already placed our food orders on the same day.

    So, called in today evening to check on their drinks pricing only to be informed that my reservation has been CANCELED because apparently there’s a group of 20PAX who took a RM 3k package have reserved the area through this particular “Big Boss”.

    When asked aren’t there any other rooms that they can place this group (as their supposedly most exclusive private room is RM 3k for booking; YES! The room where the BIG BOSS gambles), the waiter guiltily answered “Sorry Miss.. This is BIG BOSS order and through his reservation,”

    Even throughout our conversation when I visited the place on Sunday, this waiter seems afraid of his “BIG BOSS”.

    So, a piece of advise if any of you wishes to hold an event here; unless if you personally know/gamble with the BIG BOSS, FLASH your money in his face to make a reservation. He sure is greedy and loves money!

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