Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Skullduggery @ Plaza Damansara

Meet KL's next favourite hidden bar: The nefarious-sounding Skullduggery, surprising us with some of 2016's tastiest cocktails.

Here's how to find Skullduggery: Walk to the back-lane behind Plaza Damansara's Huckleberry Food & Fare (both Skullduggery & Huckleberry share the same founders); look for the ornate, earthen-toned entrance; then take the stairs up, confronting the ominously creepy vibe that leads to a costumed figure that conceals a skull in its helmet, resembling a cross between a Jules Verne creation & a horror flick prop. By then, the elegant bar will be on your right.

We tried three cocktails: Black Waters (RM45) is swoon-worthy - blanco tequila, seaweed agave, squid ink, lime juice & celery bitters, exquisitely refined in its complex but restrained purity of flavours. Don't Do Shrooms (RM55) aromatically showcases truffle-infused vodka, cardamom milk jam, heavy cream & black hazelnut bitters, while Pear Pressure (RM60; love these cool names) is an indulgent medley of Skullduggery's own-buttered calvados, crumble syrup, spiced pear liquor, lemon juice & plum bitters with an aftertaste that lingers pleasurably. Skullduggery's team (including bartender Kavi, whom customers of Huckleberry After Dark downstairs might recognise) does an admirable job of crafting these smooth, beautifully balanced potions, made with the bar's own inventive & painstaking infusions & developed in consultation with in-house French mixologist Viji Thomas. The bar also offers a unique selection of relatively rare spirits & offerings from small-batch distillers.

Bar snacks here include truffle-scented popcorn (RM29.50; addictive!) & truffled mac-&-cheese balls (RM39.50; skip these - they're bland & cost too much). All in all though, Skullduggery is most certainly worth checking out for your next cocktail stop - & if you happen to notice a model train passing through the walls, it might eventually be carrying a few shots from the bar.

Skullduggery
2M, Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.
Tues-Sat, 6pm-3am. Tel: 010-960-0498

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17 comments:

  1. Wow so many skulls! Hmmmm scary, hahaha.

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    1. CK: heheh, scary in a cool way, i think! :D

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  2. Only cocktails? Wine or liquor ???

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    1. Leo: got! they have the full range of all the alcohol you need in a bar, heheh. but i tend to focus on cocktails (unless i'm really eating, then i'll get some wine too) ;)

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  3. Same as CK above. I'll have nightmares, the sight of all those skulls! :D

    Just wondering - that does not look like a section of today's newspaper used for serving the popcorn. I wouldn't like that, all the ink getting onto the popcorn. It seems like special paper made for the purpose, the Daily Globe or something, the name. Too bad not the Daily Planet. Hehehehe!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, the skulls remind me of indiana jones and the temple of doom ... sort of! :D yep, that's definitely special paper that's printed to resemble old-school american newspaper pages ... perfectly hygienic for placing food on top! i think it may be the boston globe :D

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  4. Oh dear God! There are actually skulls literally! That figure with the skull, oh no, I will not go near it hah..hah... So morbid. Anyway, very interesting place. Great place to hangout on Halloween :D

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    1. Phone Hong: heheh, i think there'll be lots of customers posing for photos beside the costumed skull. and that's brilliant idea, for halloween - fright night at skullduggery! :D

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  5. Skullduggery - what a nice name! :D

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    1. Rebecca: yep, it's a name that people will remember - that bar named skull-something! :D

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  6. For someone who dislikes setting foot into bars and pubs due to the smoky environment and stuffiness, Skullduggery looks like it's the right place of me. I think I'll be cursing aloud if I see the skulls, lol. (I've done that when my classmate donned a female attire for the Cross Dress Day anyways and frightened the entire floor with the loud curses, lol.)

    Is that a glass of Chardonnay I see there?

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    1. Ciana: yep, i tend to not be a fan of bars that are too crowded or too noisy, but so far, skullduggery is a well-kept secret - we were the only ones there on a recent saturday at 7pm. but i think it'll be packed soon, alas! ;) i was a bit creeped out climbing the stairs, and my companion seemed spooked by the costumed skull, but it's all good fun, i think. oh, we only had cocktails here! :D

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  7. For a big fan of skulls and leather couch am totally in love with the interior. BUT the fact that they charged Rm29.50 for a bowl of truffle scented pop corn when i could get an entire bucket of that for FREE at Tate, is a big no no (and Tate's cocktails are solid and value for money) !! I always felt that Huckleberry is so overhyped (quality of which almost gives a bad name to p√Ętisserie - i had the worst Kouign-amann from them and the rest was nothing to shout about). Coming from the same founders/management, i doubt if i'd ever get a reasonable CP ratio from their services and products..

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  8. Trying out for the love of "speak easy bar", yet it's a let down. Other than an impressive set up, I believe in a reasonable service standard taking into account the price they charge. However, to simply reply customer with a stern "No" when we are exploring the possibility of finger food to go with our drinks is just not acceptable. By bringing the bill to customer without us asking also put an assumption that we won't order our second drink so we just end the night ealier without second drink. Not a comforting experience with the low back rest of the sofas. Will stick to "Private Room" at least for now for speak easy bar until I found other compatible ones. I don't foresee second visit anytime soon.

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  10. Thanks for the recommendation. Checked it out last night, best cocktails in town!

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