Eat Drink KL: BarAtas @ Telawi, Bangsar

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BarAtas @ Telawi, Bangsar

A playful streak permeates this cocktail bar, evident from the eclectic mix of fun flourishes scattered throughout this space. Glance at the wall & there's a mural of a little girl flying a colourful Kelantanese wau; gaze up at the ceiling & you'll notice a rusting bicycle suspended above the tables.

 The food exhibits a sense of whimsy too - Malaysian-inspired fusion fare, including fettuccine chilli pan mee (RM8), spaghetti wantan noodles, stuffed eggs with ikan bilis sambal, fish & chips with assam sauce, & chicken chop with salted egg sauce, each priced below RM20, making BarAtas an affordable choice for a pre-drinks dinner. The local influence is unmistakable in the cocktails as well - the Cendol Atas (RM28) & Cold Fire ice lollies (RM20; a nostalgic childhood treat, filled here with a blend of tea & whisky) could be fine-tuned (one's too frosty, the other's too sweet), but this imaginative bar obviously has potential.

3-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Tues-Sun, 5pm-3am. Tel: 011-2722-0648

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