Friday, 4 January 2013

Tapas and Cocktails at One Six Five, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One Six Five, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, cocktail, tapas, event location
The classy surrounds of One Six Five, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
One Six Five, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, event location, fashion show, cocktails, tapas
Live Jazz Band, One Six Five, InterContinental
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre
Feijoa Fizz and Negroni
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre
Master's Flame and Stately Romance

One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre

Spanish Meatballs – manchego mousseline, peperonata salsa, RM25
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre
Chicken Yakitori – Japanese BBQ sauce, RM21
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre

Crab Croquettes – romesco, aioli, RM25
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre

Mini Wagyu Sliders – gruyere cheese, tomato, red onion relish – awesome - RM45
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre

Wagyu Gyoza – teriyaki truffle sauce RM38
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre

Mini Lobster and Mango Tacos with Asian Micro Greens, RM28
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre

Rock Shrimp Tempura with Spicy Mayonnaise, RM25
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre
Warm Chocolate Fingers with Black Sesame Ice Cream, RM25 
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre
Tonka Bean Panna Cotta with fresh berries and mango, RM24      
One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre
Macarons - available for take away from the lounge display, this boxes make colourful gifts

Tapas and Cocktails at One Six Five, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

‘the exclusive address to meet and entertain’

One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre
White Hot Chocolate
The lobby lounge of the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur recently underwent a makeover. The resulting beauty queen is the stylish and contemporary, yet warm and welcoming, One Six Five. Featuring discreet seating enhanced by super sized lounges and carefully arranged tables and, also more social areas with views of the lush garden and flowing cascades, an intimate reunion or a friendly soiree can both be catered for. Boasting a live pianist during afternoon tea and nightly jazz, this city centre address is the place to be.

Alongside the physical renovation came a remodeling of the menu too. Chef Darrell J. O’Neill has revamped the offerings with a twist on traditional tapas and the in-house barmen (assistant F&B Director with a passion for mixing) has upscaled the drinks menu by fine tuning a list of Classic Cocktails and putting a spin on old faithfuls to engineer some Creative Concoctions.

Classic Cocktails follow the strict recipe of the originals, while the Creative Concoctions show influences from the bartender’s travels and locally inspired flair. Being the lushes that we are, we boldly set out to try as many cocktails as our stomachs would allow (all in the name of good reviewing).

One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centre
Left Hook and Lychee Mojito
The Master’s Flame launched our introduction. Made with Absolut citron vodka, ginger syrup, coriander, red chili and lime juice, this blend could certainly be ordered more than once. Combining British and Asian ingredients in the form of Early Grey tea, gin and lychee, the Stately Romance unites all parts seamlessly making a mouthful of one flavour rather than tasting separate elements. The Feijoa Fizz, making use of 42 Below Feijoa Vodka, Belvoir elderflower cordial and sparkling wine, was to hubby’s liking as was the sweet Left Hook featuring Bacardi Gold Dark Rum, lychee liqueur, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice and grenadine.

Now, my preferred cocktail is of a tougher nature and not for the uninitiated. Made simply, an incorruptible marriage of one part Sweet Vermouth, one part Gin and one part Campari is poured over ice in an Old Fashioned glass and garnished with a twist of orange peel. Carpano Antica Vermouth is used at One Six Five and quite difficult to source - taking up to three months to receive stock once ordered. But for me, it is the Campari that makes this drink habit forming. The bitter sensation of the Italian liquor is an acquired taste, much like Vegemite takes some getting used to. Once bitten though, the spite of the Campari at the rear of the tongue can quickly turn into an addiction. A pleasant pre dinner drink or afternoon sip, one round of this strong character is usually enough.

One Six Five, InterContinental, Tapas, Cocktails, stylish bar, lounge, KLCC city centreUsed traditionally as an aperitif, a Negroni opens your appetite for the inventive tapas menu at One Six Five. Mini Wagyu Sliders including Gruyere cheese, tomato and red onion relish and Spanish Meatballs with Manchego mousseline and peperonata salsa might be all you need. If ordered first, you could easily be tempted to not experiment with anything else on the menu and instead repeat your order. There are other noteworthy goodies also though such as the Chicken Yakitori and Mini Lobster (!) and Mango Tacos. Too tummy space is worth saving for some of the sweeter items on the menu such as the Warm Chocolate Fingers with Black Sesame Ice Cream and Tonka Bean Panna Cottta.

The tonka bean has an interesting history and, Malaysia is one of the few countries that is yet to place restrictions on its use. Haling from Central and South America it is a common component used by those who practice magical arts. This fragrant bean is thought to cure illnesses such as depression and confusion by crushing the bean and simmering it into a herbal brew.  Other occult traditions claim that the bean can bring you your wishes if you carry it around until your wish comes true. In many countries however, the bean is banned, as in highly infused doses it can paralyze the heart! One Six Five offers the chance to try it (in small doses) before the authorities catch on. ;-)

Prices for tapas range from RM22 for Mini Thai Crab Cakes to RM45 for Mini Wagyu Sliders. Alternatively you can order a OneSixFive Tapas Tasting and select any six dishes from the menu to make your own platter for RM78. All of the cocktails we sampled cost RM34.

One Six Five, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, event location, fashion show, cocktails, tapas
The line up of beautiful people dressed in Carven Ong gowns and suits. One Six Five is a classy location for an intimate event.
Not only does One Six Five provide a stylish ambience for tapas, cocktails, and afternoon tea, but also it makes an intimate location for events. Recently, Carven Ong launched a new line of gorgeous gowns at this exact address. The colourful fabric, fitted bodices and cascading skirts that the designer is known for came flowing down the grand staircase followed by models parading throughout the lounge. All the while, guests were comfortably seated on lounges and sofas, sipping cocktails and nibbling on finger food. The elegant atmosphere of One Six Five is the perfect set up for such events.

Reason to visit: stylish surrounds (including the crowd), well put together jazz ensemble, Mini Wagyu Sliders, Spanish meatballs, Classic Cocktails and Tonka Bean Panna Cottta

One Six Five
Lobby Lounge
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
165 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2161 1111

15 comments:

  1. I am in a lecture break time now, it all makes me feel hungry, my class don't end until 1pm (it's only 11:15am).

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    1. Oh, such a bad idea to look at food photos when you're hungry. :-)

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  2. shhhh, don't tell the authorities about the tonka bean! we want to be able to enjoy it for many more years, heheh. i wonder if onesixfive could be persuaded to make a tonka bean cocktail too, to pair with that lovely-looking panna cotta :D

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    1. Now THAT's an idea. A double take on the tonka - just to be sure that it's magic works. :-)

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  3. Intercontinental is certainly getting really interesting with their post renovations.

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    1. You too! All the best for a great year ahead. :-)

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  5. Those scratchings look amazing I would polish off that whole plate!

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  6. Never been One Six Five, hope got chance to pay them a visit :)

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  7. Omg the wagyu slider look so appetizing! Im hungry now..

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    1. Good choice Cindy! You could easily order this and then repeat the order without even being tempted to peak at the rest of the menu.

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