Time Out says
This is a place you go to when you want to quietly but seriously get drunk. It’s a lovely place to get drunk too, with its soothing music, low lighting, cozy eating area and a zen-type smoking garden.
We imbibed a small bottle of Kasen kin Kan Ozeki and it was perfectly balanced. Sake aficionados will cry foul but we didn’t look upon sake again after that; the bizarrely original cocktail menu had captured our attention. The shooters and bombers section sounded atypically violent (try an Ikebukuro Kamikaze, Kabuchiko Slammer, Odaiba Hemorrhage or a Ryogoku Incredible Hulk to get hammered) and the Daikanyama Original cocktails are a thing to behold. We cooed over a Cassis Kisses with its combination of blackcurrant jam, Cream de Cassis, sake and lime. We gasped over the subtly sweet Apricoto Suppai – a heady mix of apricot brandy, Advocaat and sweet and sour. My foolhardy partner tried the infamous Wasabi Shot, where you swirl a mound of wasabi in a mouthful of tequila, that’s washed down with a shot of tabasco-filled tomato juice. Weirdly enough, everything cancels each other out, therefore there’s no chance of you being sick on the bar.
The menu, for its most part, is pure Japanese fusion, with its gyu nachos, California cheese maki and spicy grilled lamb. We adored the salmon truffle oil tataki with its addition of crunchy potatoes and the little touches (home-made sour cream, anyone?). We rounded off the night with a cheeky game of dice – an in-house drinking game where you buy the first draught beer at full price… but the price of the second draught is whatever number that comes up on your dice. We say the possibility of paying RM1 for a draught beer is worth coming back for. That, and to try their most potent cocktail, the ‘Caution’ Hadouken Fireball (ingredients remain unknown). Syazlynia Rahim
42 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2141 0323
Opening times: Mon-Thurs, 5.30pm-12.30am; Fri-Sat, 5.30pm-3am
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