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.
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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