You'll catch us red-handed with some of the city centre's most creative cocktails at this hidden bar, which seems to break the laws of mixology with risky experiments (garlic cocktails, anyone?) - in this case, crime pays pretty well, with bar maestro Kelvin Lee & his team ensuring a memorable evening of surprising sips for their patrons. Talk about an offer we can't refuse.
Crime prides itself on a blend of savvy inventiveness & confident versatility; step up & speak to the team about what sort of flavours you favour, whether you have a preference for, say, cognac, gin or tequila, & leave it to them to craft your fantasy potion. Speciality cocktails (RM45 each, well worth the price) showcase the strange & the startling - Bourbon with butter & corn, Singleton with basil & balsamic vinegar, sake with shoyu-marinated tobiko - with recommendations that tangle together European & Oriental elements, like Last Word (Green Chartreuse with Kaoliang & lime juice) & PRC Triad (Martell Cordon Bleu & sweet vermouth with Chinese wine & sour plum-infused rum) or put a playfully flamboyant spin on crowd-pleasers, like the Naughty Butter (whisky, espresso & milk, rimmed with plenty of peanut butter, made textured with macadamia nuts).
Remember the garlic cocktail we mentioned earlier? It was a fanciful notion that we muttered spontaneously to Kelvin, adding that we harbour a soft spot too for smoky dimensions. Kelvin, a true curator of all manner of ingredients, whipped up precisely what we wanted there & then, blending duck fat-infused vodka with frothy, unmistakably garlicky dynamics in billowing vapour of sheer enchantment - an acquired taste, but one that leaves an impactful impression. Our coup de grace was a celebration of the ocean - Manhattan Market begins with a base of Chivas & sweet vermouth, then imbues it with the brininess of squid ink & a seaweed sheet, plus a raw oyster on the side for emphatic measure. Many thanks to these smooth criminals for having us.
Crime Cocktail Bar
E-1-09, Electric Boulevard, TREC, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Go inside Crave Oyster & Seafood House, then ask the staff there to show you to Crime Cocktail Bar.
Daily, 630pm-3am. Tel: 03-2110-5664
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