Monday, November 2, 2015

Cocktail Trail KL @ HEXA Lounge, Bandar Sunway

HEXA Lounge takes cocktails to a different level - mixologist Kelvin Lee experiments boldly with East Asian elements in his one-of-a-kind potions, employing curious components that range from Chinese bakkwa-like bacon to Japanese flying fish roe.

HEXA Lounge is discreetly located outside the Grand Imperial Chinese restaurant in Bandar Sunway's Pinnacle Annexe; both Grand Imperial & HEXA are under the same ownership, which partly explains why the Orient's influence is obvious in pleasingly mellow concoctions like the Jade Of Thousand Layers, with a teacup of ginseng-infused Pu'er tea with Tanqueray 10, Dom Benedictine & chrysanthemum syrup, served with pandan jelly (RM30+) & the Flaming Jade, which marries sake with absinthe, honey, lemon juice & fire-torched rosemary (RM35+).

Kelvin enjoys inventing savoury cocktails; be sure to order the Silk Road (RM45+), with whisky infused for eight hours with bacon oil, mingling with honey, lemon & balsamic vinegar, adorned with a bacon-wrapped strawberry & basil - it has no right being delicious, but it is. Kelvin pledges that more of such crazy cocktails will be available eventually, including one that can be paired with Grand Imperial's coveted siu yok.

The Duck L'Orange is another witty enterprise - gin infused with duck oil, combined with Cointreau, orange juice, soy sauce & egg white, topped with more bacon. Certainly an acquired taste, especially for patrons used to sweet/sour/bitter stereotypes.

Warm, dry sake & Kwai Feh lychee liquor, poured over into shots of tobiko flying fish roe (!) - this is an off-menu item, but it's worth requesting it if you're looking for a cocktail with a wholly unique flavour (it tastes like something you'd drink on a dare) & a texture you can chew on. Note however that Kelvin will be away in Amsterdam next week, so head to HEXA this week or after mid-November if you'd like to try this one. HEXA remains open while Kelvin's gone, as his proteges will take over, but not everything will be available.

HEXA Lounge is part of Cocktail Trail KL, an interesting initiative that involves six of the Klang Valley's most respected cocktail bars - Bandar Sunway's HEXA Lounge, Damansara Uptown's Lou Shang Bar, 44 Pop-Up Bar (currently at Bangsar's DR.Inc), Empire Damansara's The Bar Kinugawa, Desa Sri Hartamas' P&C, &  Damansara Uptown's Hyde At 53M. Basically, customers can pick up a Cocktail Trail KL card at the first outlet they visit this month, purchase a cocktail at each of the six outlets, & redeem a complimentary cocktail at the outlet they started at. The offer is currently valid throughout November only.

HEXA Lounge
Suite 1-01 , First Floor, The Pinnacle Annexe, Persiaran Lagoon Bandar Sunway.
Daily, 5pm-1am. Tel: 03-5888-7221 (Grand Imperial)

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18 comments:

  1. Ooh, look at all of that sparkling glass.

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    1. The Yum List: very striking .... shimmering stuff! :)

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  2. Such a lovely ambiance!

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    1. Linda: it definitely has its allure :)

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  3. Chinese bakkwa-like bacon? They have a name for this, right? Golden coins or something. No, thank you...I want my good ol' bacon, no less. :D

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, well, it's fun to explore different sorts of bacon ... this one is quite punchy in its sweet-savouriness :)

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  4. I like the creativity here, though playful

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    1. Ken: yeah, an interesting companion to the chinese restaurant next door :)

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  5. What a great combo....you get food on a stick and a cocktail! And that Cocktail Trail Card....not a problem for you to complete in ONE night! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heh, ya, we were advised to first try the cocktail on its own, and then to have a bite of the bacon and then drink the cocktail again ... the experience does evolve that way :D and six cocktails? sure! :D

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  6. WOW!!! this is something that I don't wanna miss!!!! But this month i am mostly away.. Noooooooooooo!

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    1. Jean: yikes! hopefully they will bring back the Cocktail Trail in December :)

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  7. Savoury cocktails sound interesting, very creative, don't mind to try that, hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, it's fun to see how the flavours are very different and unusual for these cocktails :)

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  8. I'm so so glad you finally went and checked this out to give them the shout out that they deserve. I think it's one of the most underrated bars in Klang Valley. Happens to be one of my personal favourites too :) Hope to bump into you at #cocktailtrailkl lol

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    1. Fire Angel: was definitely pleasantly surprised by the cocktails here - and it's nice to have a bar like this in the sunway/subang area, instead of the city centre/bangsar/PJ :) haha, yup, i should be visiting 44 at some point this month :)

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    2. eh! jio la? i plan to make a stop at 44 too. :D

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    3. Fire Angel: yay! okie, will message you soon :)

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