Saturday, October 1, 2016

PAUS @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Craft beer buffs pursuing their perfect pilsner might want to hunt down PAUS, captained by a band of Malaysians who hope to offer their fellow drinkers something a little different, focusing on the work of microbreweries from the Oceania region - Australia & New Zealand - instead of the Americas, with intentions to also explore fresh supplies from multiple Asian nations.

PAUS - Malay for whale, the parlance for trophy beers that go beyond a generic IPA - is a casual, laid-back setting for a pleasant evening. Its trove of lagers & stouts may best reward enthusiasts seeking new varieties to experience, but PAUS could also provide the ideal introduction for novices like us who can't tell our EBC from our IBU. Murray's Rudeboy Pilsner (RM30), produced in New South Wales, makes for a crisp, bracing start, its sparkling hoppiness balanced by sweet maltiness.

Subsequent bottles from the Kiwis showcased specifically distinct nuances that took us on an interesting journey. The Helles Lager by Tuatara Brewery (RM34) conveyed a clean, fruity lightness, while the Oh Brother Pale Ale by Liberty Brewing Company (RM32) yielded a gently bitter, biscuity body that remained easygoing in each gulp. Our most-anticipated brew was The Mussel Inn Spring Bock Colonial Ale (RM38), aged for nine months in a Pinot barrel, bearing dark, smoky complexities.

PAUS runs a solid kitchen to back up its beverages - fuss-free fare for munching, with a twist or two, include the chicken satay served warm & tender with BBQ sauce, roast pork with steakhouse fries, Japanese-style baby octopus with Thai-inspired spicy-sweet sauce, & Indonesian belinjo-nut emping crackers; the menu of this & more will easily suffice for an evening's meal, complementing the dozens of beers that'll take repeated visits to fully investigate. Many thanks to PAUS for having us here.

42a, 1st Floor, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Sat, 5pm-12am. Tel: 03-7731-8006

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  1. When I saw the name PAUS, I guessed it's either whale or pau hah..hah... The only beer I know is Carlsberg or Tiger beer. It must be interesting to taste the vast varieties of beer. You must have had a whale of a time, since you enjoy your drink :)

    1. Phong Hong: haha, a pau shop would actually a nice idea - especially if they serve pau recipes that go well with beer. I'm not much of a beer drinker either actually, but you're right, I definitely enjoyed the experience here ;)

  2. Same as PH above, whale or steamed buns. We have a cafe here - Pause, have not dropped by to try and I was wondering how some people would pronounce the name, paus as in Malay for whale or pau see (sure die in Hokkien).

    1. Suituapui: that's a name that would cause some customers to pause and ponder for sure! ;)

  3. Ohhh... that roastpork with fries for me please! And yes, a beer too and make it a sweet one if possible lol :)

    1. Rebecca: i think with the variety of beer available here, you'd be able to find one that suits your taste buds! :)

  4. "There is no strong beer, only weak men". Gosh, I love that quote - and not because I know folks who drink Guinness Stout and vodka. =) A nice play with the word, though. When I read paus, the first thing that shot into my mind was food, especially the steamed buns.

    My apologies for not being able to visit. It's been a busy time on campus - with assignments and all. =.=

    1. Ciana: i have to disagree with that quote somewhat, only cos my alcohol tolerance has been diminished over the years, by age! i'm not sure i'm resilient enough anymore for stout + vodka - though i would welcome a pau and vodka! :) hope the assignments don't get you down too much!

  5. I don't think I can stomach the idea of drinking alcohol with the boys on a given weekend because of the incident that my college friend suffered. Let's just say that what happened to him was enough to scare him off vodka for a while. A handful of my friends have good alcohol tolerance, but that's just on beer and wine. There is a trick to maintain your sobriety even after rounds of alcohol, though.

    With regards to assignments, I'm more than ready to pull the trigger and hope for the best. As I don't have enough stress to endure, I'm doing extra curricular things like campaigning. =/

    1. Ciana: oh yes, i think a lot of us who drink too much have had some crazy experiences that we sort of regret - i've had too many in my 20s and 30s ;)