Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JungleBird @ Plaza Damansara

This Bird is set to soar: KL's first rum bar (charmingly characterised as 'rumah rum') takes flight this month, bringing the beloved beverage of pirates & privateers ashore to this tropical-themed setting in Bukit Damansara, spiked with a soulful Caribbean spirit & overrun by rattan & bamboo flourishes. Yo ho ho indeed!

No fewer than 14 rum-based cocktails headline the soft-launch menu, none higher than the bar's eponymous Jungle Bird (RM40; Diplomatico Mantuano, Campari, fresh lime, pineapple juice), returning to its roots as a created-in-Malaysia concoction after running rampant across the globe in recent years. True to the nature of a contemporary cocktail bar that's worth its salt (rimmed), JungleBird offers its own unique signatures, taking local liberties with Closed on Mondays (RM35; Cimarron Bianco, salted egg, curry leaves, red cili padi syrup & coconut cream), a well-balanced, textured treat whose curious name is cheekily inspired by KL street-food institution Wong Ah Wah & its salted egg sotong (Wong Ah Wah is closed on alternate Mondays).

For eager explorers, JungleBird's key allure rests in its rum flights, each featuring 20ml tasting portions of selected varieties that range from Latin-style rums to premium French Caribbean rhum agricole. Hello Rum! (RM70) introduced us to 'rums of four different styles & expressions,' enthusiastically & elegantly explained by JungleBird's team, showcasing the continent-crossing clarity & complexities of Brugal Extra Dry, Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12-Year, Ron Zacapa 23 & Rhum J.M. VSOP. 

JungleBird KL
15 Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. 
Mon-Sat, 5pm-late, Sun, 3pm-late. Tel: 03-2011-7715

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10 comments:

  1. Another watering hole that'll bring many happy moments to eager drinkers. I can clearly see the jungle theme...but where are the birds? Kekeke! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: ya, i'm liking this sort of bar where they have a defined and distinct speciality :) heheh, the bird is in the jungle bird, the cocktail! :)

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  2. I know there was Rum Jungle somewhere near Concorde KL, dunno if it is still there. This one sure looks like a jungle in there! What's that? A box of matches?

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    1. Suituapui: rum jungle! it's been a long time since i heard that name mentioned too. and yeah, it's a jungle both in and out of there, heh :) it was a matchbox, but we actually forgot to look inside :D

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  3. Hey I like this place for a nice drink. The cosy jungle look would be suitable to relax and chat whole night. I will surprise my wife with this place. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Twilight Man: sounds like a good place for both of you to relax over some delicious drinks! enjoy! :)

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  4. Haha, I like the interior, so wild~~~~~

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, wild but soothing at the same time :D

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  5. The old Blue Elephant huh. Interesting, defo will check it out soon.

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    1. Gurmeet: you can still see blue elephant's movie posters by the staircase on the way up :)

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