Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Pawn Room @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail

This sprawling new hidden cocktail bar promises mystique & mystery, imbued with an Oriental old-world charisma that summons the crimson-hued spirit of 1920s Shanghai, complete with herbal cabinet facades, classic rattan chairs, lanterns & oil-paper parasols. Helmed by the team behind The Private Room wine lounge on this same street, The Pawn Room is meant to evoke an ancient Chinese pawn shop, with intriguing ideas to complete the theme - patrons may choose to trade their belongings or services for cocktails on selected nights, based on lists that the bar will reveal; for example, The Pawn Room might require a vintage record player, or someone to help tend the bar for awhile; offer those, & enjoy a free drink in return.

The cocktails are well worth it - resident mixologists McKay & Janice have the chops to conjure pleasurable potions that make for a magical evening. For advocates of Asian-accented concoctions, try the Liang Moi, which focuses the flavours of Malaysian kuih talam in a tiki mug, combining Captain Morgan rum with macaroon syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, egg white, house-made pandan syrup & pandan cream (RM40). Or for a twist on a staple, have the Filen (RM40; Maker's Mark, Angostura bitters, Jerry Thomas bitters, lemon juice, simple syrup), a riff on the whisky sour, with beautifully balanced nuances. Or ask for the secret menu cocktails, some of which bring on the spices & others the smoke; we favour Mr Darkside, which blends Tanqueray, Chartreuse Green, gingerbread syrup, elderflower syrup, yuzu juice & kaffir lime leaves with chillies (RM45). All in all, fans of KL's cocktail bar scene should check out The Pawn Room; thanks to the team here for having us.

The Pawn Room TTDI
46b, Second Floor, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. 
Mon-Thurs, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am. Tel: 013-483-8863

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12 comments:

  1. Love the flowers on the wall, like a nyonya sarong. Interesting decor, very unique.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, those flowers, the ceramic chairs, the doorknobs, all those touches add up to quite a fun place ;)

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    1. The Yum List: oh yes, vividly so ;)

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  3. When I read the title on my blog's side bar....I was wondering what I could pawn here...hehe! ;) It certainly has that old Shanghai feel but reminiscing a pawn shop...I thought a pawn shop looks shadier than that...haha! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, yeah, it's the only pawn place I know that deals in cocktails instead of cash ... a cool concept, I think ;)

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  4. The decor is gaudy but in a nice way. Those cocktails are very uniquely presented. I see one with a red chili sticking out! I wonder if any of their patrons did any pawning. God forbid if someone actually turned up with a vintage record player!

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    1. Phong Hong: heheh, yeah, gaudy can be good - i like it! :D and yep, presentation here is pretty, and the cocktails taste good too - sweetish and well-balanced with different dynamics but not cloying, the way i like 'em :D i think they haven't officially started running their pawn nights yet - they'll let customers to know exactly what to bring! :D

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  5. Wow I love the decor, very nice!
    Did you trade anything for a free cocktail? Hehehe

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    1. CK: ya, quite cool the decor hor :D no, haha, it wasn't pawn night - i think they set particular evenings when the trade-ins can happen ;)

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  6. This place remind me of Opium at KL :)

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    1. Choi Yen: they both do have that nostalgic oriental vibe! :D

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