Sunday, June 28, 2015

Gaslight Cafe & Music @ Bukit Damansara

Talk about a throwback: Taking inspiration from the Greenwich Village coffee house that became a focal point for folk music in 1960s New York, Bukit Damansara's new Gaslight Cafe is an atmospheric venue that seeks to capture the essence of the era when Bob Dylan first warned of battles outside ragin' & old roads rapidly agin'.

Gaslight Cafe is a real refuge from the modern world - hidden in a second-floor lot in Plaza Damansara, this is a shadowy space where vinyl LPs (Peter, Paul And Mary; Joan Baez; even Nick Drake) occupy a place of pride alongside vintage portraits of Simon & Garfunkel. There's also a book exchange section, & naturally, a corner where guitar-strumming musicians perform & poets hold court on some nights. We'd love to see a screening of Inside Llewyn Davis here someday.

The menu is modest but enjoyable - Gaslight's founder Johann Sultan, the singer-songwriter of Malaysian indie band The Cotton Field Scarecrowes, makes a mean 'moonshine' - Irish coffee (RM18) actually - & very decent Old Fashioned (RM20). Bring your own wine; corkage is RM30. Simple warm meals may be available eventually (Johann promises an all-day Big Breakfast), but for now, the 'healthy biscotti' - made with ingredients like almonds, hazelnuts & seeds - are a delicious snack (RM3). Coffee & tea, chips & nuts are offered too. Nice vibes here & a concept we admire - this is a cafe worth checking out.

Gaslight Cafe & Music
15-2, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. Above Neroteca, take the stairs to the top.
Open Tues-Fri 2pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 4pm-12am. Tel: 03-2011-4047


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20 comments:

  1. Very nice place, Sean, and I love the old music!!! :)

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    1. Linda: i do too ... and i don't own any Joan Baez albums, so that was the one we asked to hear :)

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    2. Joan Baez? Oooo...I love her cover of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" and I love her "Be not too hard" (Now! Now! Don't let your mind go running wild now!!!) too.

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    3. Suituapui: ooo, there are not many Joan Baez fans running around in Malaysia right now! :)

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  2. Looks like a place my hubby would enjoy! ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: a nice place to chill out, even without the live performances :)

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  3. A rather unique place i must say

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    1. Ken: yeah, i hope it does well among fans of folk music and poetry in kl :)

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  4. The word "shadowy" seems a good description. When I looked at your first photo I was thinking just that.

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    1. The Yum List: shrouded in romantic shadows, i hope! :)

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  5. They have live music? I would love that...especially if they allow "guest singers". I love to force myself on the poor captive audience. Muahahahaha!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: haha, well, from what i hear, you sing quite well, so i'm sure the audience would be pleased to hear your version of a joan baez classic! :D

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  6. If this place sounds as good as it looks it'll be quite a treat.

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    1. KY: heheh, if you like folk music, it should sound good! :D

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  7. Very nice place. The deco, the vibe, and the lighting very different from one corner to another. :D

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    1. CK: ya, it was fun to explore this place and look at the various sections :)

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