Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Great Beer Bar @ Damansara Uptown

The man behind Solaris Dutamas' Ales & Lagers has launched The Great Beer Bar in Damansara Uptown with a fresh set of collaborators this week - Kenn Hyn's clear-eyed, full-hearted mission to propagate craft beers remains unmistakable in how he names his outlets, where the attraction rests in his no-nonsense approach to (possibly) great beer & (probably) good food.

This could become one of PJ's favourite watering holes. As a bonus, unlike Ales & Lagers, The Great Beer Bar boasts its own kitchen, helmed by two separate independent teams with years of experience in KL's F&B landscape. The Coolinary Ronins squad cooks Asian-accented fare here every Friday & Saturday, while the Curbside Cantina brigade runs the kitchen Sunday to Thursday with possible offerings like pate milk toast, shrimp quesa-tacos & shrimp-clam parfait.

The Great Beer Bar tries to eschew pub-grub cliches (bye, bacon-wrapped sausages & roasted pork belly!); on Fridays & Saturdays, expect a meticulously considered selection of five or six types of nibbles that change monthly. If you're here in May, you may enjoy interesting items like crunchy-fried dumplings with a filling of pulled beef & fermented bean curd (six dumplings for RM18), Chinese-style sauteed chicken gizzard (RM15), Kristang-inspired baked prawns (two skewers with a total of four prawns for RM18), spicy smoked mango salsa (RM10), deep-fried broccoli (RM13) & puffed chickpeas (still being fine-tuned).

The Great Beer Bar
86 Jalan SS 21/62, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Currently open everyday, 3pm till late.

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20 comments:

  1. I don't drink alcohol, but the food fare looks very nice as does the decor, Sean. :)

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    1. Linda: i'm glad you like the look of both the place and its food :)

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  2. No, bacon-wrapped sausages that day? I would love that!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, they're steering clear of pork for now, though it may still be on the menu someday :)

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  3. Congats to Kenn Hyn! It was only a matter of time before he had to expand. :-)

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  4. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Kennhyn: all the best on your great new hangout! :)

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  5. I am surprised that you didn't order gizzards!

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    1. Ken: aiya, look at the photos properly and you'll see the gizzard :D

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  6. Funky bar food! Creativity makes all the difference.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, the decision to do things differently makes this place worth checking out :)

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  7. I don't really drink beer, but don't mind to try their food! Hehehe.

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    1. CK: ya, i'm not much of a beer drinker too, so i'm more into the food as well :D

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  8. Woohoo! Thanks for the inclusion link for Curbside Cantina! Always brilliant write ups.

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    1. Curbside cantina: thanks! Good luck for your five days, folks... The pate toast and clam parfait sound extremely tempting! ;)

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    2. Hope you get to try it out soon! Also wanna apologize for not thanking you for all the support you've shown us since the beginning of our food journey. You've been nothing short of amazing towards anything we've done. Thank You!!

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    3. Curbside: thanks so much ... you guys have done genuinely great work, and am really glad that you're getting the recognition you deserve from many people who love your food and efforts. am excited to see what you'll be doing in the years ahead :)

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  9. perfect place to bring my friends - they can never find the outlet at Publika due to its funky location.
    And i get to nibble on the food while they drink. Yay! LOL

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, ya, this is a cool location, and parking is pretty easy on weekends (and probably at night too). haha, ya, i'd probably eat more than drink here too (a reversal from the usual situation, haha) :D

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