Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mantra Rooftop Bar @ Bangsar Village

Perched on the fourth-level rooftop of Bangsar Village, Mantra's calling card is its exclusive bird's-eye perspective of the neighbourhood, viewed from a sleek, starry setting; this is the sort of watering hole that socialites will throng to see & be seen - but thankfully, beyond the superficial glitz, there are shimmering glimpses of potential in both the food & the cocktails.

Mantra's menu exudes a contemporary sense of worldly confidence - commence with warm, golden Chinese mantou sliders, packed with Indonesian-inflected pulled beef, richly succulent & subtly spiced to evoke dendeng belado, with caramelised chillies & kaffir lime - a sumptuous snack that goes down real easy (RM8+ per piece). Also addictive: Crispy whitebait, smeared with a textured Malaysian sambal & Japanese onsen egg for a unique combo (RM18+). Other items may be an acquired taste; it's rare to spot Brussels sprouts on a bar menu, but Mantra serves them, char-grilled with soy vinaigrette, smothered with shallots, baby anchovies & peanuts (RM30+). Another vegetable that receives the guilty-indulgence treatment is broccoli, thickly battered & strapped with Korean flavours, testing your tolerance for deep-fried calorie bombs (RM15+).

 Cocktails are of the smooth, easy-drinking variety - classics revitatlised with Eastern twists, constructed with quality liquor & engaging flourishes. The Dynasty (RM35+) is presented in an Oriental teapot & cup, a mellow medley of Tanqueray No. 10 gin, grapefruit juice, jasmine tea & demerara sugar - a cocktail a grandmother could love. Tonique No. 10 (RM32+) boasts a house-brewed tonic infusion of cinchona bark, allspice berries, lemongrass, citrus zest, lavender & seltzer, topped with Broker's gin; the Bloody Mary (RM32+) relies on the bar's own BBQ mix, with Russian Standard vodka & a striking skewered garnish of beef bacon & cherry tomatoes. Also notable: the Bentong Buck (RM28+), aka Moscow Mule, but with spicy notes of Pahang's Bentong Ginger, plus the Pulau Panjang (RM38+), a wise & witty variation of the Long Island, masquerading as a kopitiam beverage, harbouring an intoxicating blend of Russian Standard, Bacardi, Don Julio Reposado & Tanqueray. 

Mantra Rooftop Bar
Rooftop Level, Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur. Use the elevator at the centre of Bangsar Village II. 
Open Tues-Sun, 4pm through late. Tel: 0173448299

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11 comments:

  1. White bait? Those bigger orange long ones look like our Rajang hay bee (dried prawns) - they're straight. Nice with drinks, very sweet...but these days, they cost RM120 a kg, triple the regular all-curled-up dried prawns...and we do not get such big ones anymore, not here. Terrible!

    Calorie bombs look really nice.

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    1. Suituapui: fried shrimp would also make for a nice snack while drinking! :) i think this was a 2,000-calorie meal with all the fried and sauce-soaked stuff that we ordered :D

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  2. What an inviting looking bar.

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    1. The Yum List: yep, the designers did a nice job :)

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  3. Very nice, I like the environment, and the food looks good too. :D

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    1. CK: ya, i think it's worth checking out if you need a new place to visit in bangsar ;)

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  4. Oh dear, even the plants are not spared from our current spell of heatwave! >_< A cold cocktail is what one needs right now :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: my air-conditioner at home is busted, so i definitely could use a cool cocktail at hand :)

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  5. The pull beef looks so inviting with its caramelized sauce~

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, it's quite a tasty slider ... and they also have chicken or seafood sliders too :)

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  6. Mantra = snazziest and coolest bar I have been to for a long time! The Bar should be given an award for their creative cocktails. Did someone say the best chips and french fries in town? Absolutely! Service was great - staff actually brought out a cooler when it got really hot and steamy! Will definitely be there again!

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