Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Shook! Bar, Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Feast village, starhill gallery
Shook! Bar

Shook! Bar, Feast Village, Starhill Gallery


Feast Village is a banquet for the eyes as well as the stomach. We’ve just had our fill of both at the extraordinary Fisherman’s Cove (seafood fine dining) in this architectural fantasia of restaurants and, now we’re looking for liquid refreshment.

The openness of Shook! Bar calls to us. It’s perched on the upper platform of a split-level, furnishing guests with an unobstructed view to the central stage, the tables in Shook! restaurant and, the main escalator entrance. It’s a perfect roost for crowd watching.

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Shook! Bar
Classic tunes from black and white films, both western and eastern, sound the background showering the bar with a lively touch of fun and class. A band plays soft jazz tunes Tuesday to Sunday evenings 7:30 -11:30pm, and Sunday during brunch from noon until 4pm. We’re already feeling comfortable at the bar and entertain the idea of returning again to listen to some live music.

The Bar menu inspires us with its cover quote by Cesar Ritz, “Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is for the moon. You can always try.” Well we’re here to ask for some cocktails and hope the bartender won’t say no. Cocktails are divided into Signature Drinks for Her, for Him and Middle Things, and a good list of Ultimate Classics. Beers, wines, spirits, mocktails and, hot beverages complete a comprehensive roll of offerings.

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Bartender Nasir, Mixing up some cocktails
Valentine’s Day Special
The bartender assumes we’re on a date and offers me something he’s just finished perfecting, a Champagne Royal. It kicks us off to a tingling start with Apricot Brandy and Raspberry Liqueur topped up with Laurent Perrier Champagne in an elegant flute. Garnished with a bright red strawberry and two fruit quarters floating on top, it’s effervescently refreshing and not too sweet.

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Champagne Royal
Classic Cocktails
Hubby chooses next and El Presidente (RM36) has tickled his fancy. Cheekily named in honour of Cuban president Gerardo Machado, who ruled throughout most of the prohibition years, it’s a drink with a kick. Rum, vermouth and grenadine make the mix and, a twist of lemon peel floats in the dark pink liquid.

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El Presidente
Signature Cocktails – Things for Her
There’s no hiding hubby’s sweet tooth and his next selection is from the Things for Her section. Just For Mary aka Marytini (RM36) blends Belvedere vodka with melon schnapps and honeydew melon juice. It’s finished with a sprig of rosemary. We’ve heard this was an award-winning cocktail concocted by a former Shook! bartender. The delicate balance between fruit and herbs shows us why it was an obvious crowd pleaser.

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Just For Mary aka Marytini 
Signature Cocktails – Things for Him
Shaken, not stirred, the James Bond Martini (RM36) is assembled with both gin and vodka and a drop of extra dry Vermouth. It’s supposedly a strong, manly drink. I guess I’m masculine, as I love it. Hubby is most fond of sweeter unions, but I prefer my liquor straight up, so this mix is well suited.

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James Bond Martini 
Small bites, hot and cold, range from RM10 to RM16 and makes good bar fodder. If you don’t want to give up your seat, with prime view of the live music, the restaurant is happy to send over something from their full menu to satisfy any craving. Our favourites from Shook! are the Dancing Prawns, but we decide to explore the bar menu and order a few tapas style nibbles.

Grilled Beef Chorizo (RM16) with kalamata olive and mustard comes beautifully presented. Individual sausage slices are topped with rolls of shaved cucumber. A bowl of crushed Kalamata olives is in the centre for dipping.

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Grilled Beef Chorizo
Goat Cheese (RM16) coated in roasted pistachio proves more than a mouthful of flavour. We’ve got cocktails, but I bet these tasty balls go nicely with a crisp New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

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Goat's Cheese Rolled in Pistachio
Smiling because our tummies and taste buds are happy, we wander off to find out what else Starhill Gallery has to offer.

Reason to visit: great people watching position; easy set up to talk to other patrons or just your partner; best spot for enjoying the nightly live music; comprehensive drink menu; well presented bar snacks.

Shook! Bar
Feast Floor
Starhill Gallery
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2782 3848



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