Monday, 1 September 2014

Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Opium KL, Fabulous Cocktails on Changkat Bukit Bintang

Words by Brooke Keel
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

At Opium, a fashionable bar/restaurant at Changkat Bukit Bintang, the fantastic drinks and thematic ambiance are the main event. Joshua Ivanovic of Cocktail Solutions is the mastermind behind their incredibly tasty and visually enticing menu of libations. We guarantee you will be be neither bored nor thirsty while visiting this comely spot.  

Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Stunning Cocktails at Opium KL
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang
Drinks are boldly decorated and beautifully garnished, flanked by salty snacks in charming ceramic vessels. Here, water comes in a bowl while tasty treats may arrive in a glass. The fun and eclectic atmosphere is a modern and stylish haunt where one can people-watch in the busy Changkat area while sipping on delectable and innovative infusions.

Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Innovative Cocktails at Opium KL - The Forbidden City
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Red Lantern Margarita
We particularly enjoyed some of the Signature drinks and Twisted Cocktails, such as the Tea Trader (RM32), a rum based potion with peach puree, black tea syrup, lemon juice and egg white, and the beautifully adorned Ti-Lung Bramble (RM32), based in gin with lemon, dragon fruit, and creme de cassis. Absolutely delicious and equally gorgeous.

Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Tea Trader
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Ti-Lung Bramble 
The Shanghailander (RM38) is a smoky, whisky infused drink with honey water, ginger and lemon - particularly interesting and surprising. The Forbidden City (RM32) is a smooth and sweet mix of rum, grand marnier, lime, orange juice and 5 spiced syrup, another luscious favorite.  

Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Shanghailander
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Peking Man 
More of our favored cocktails were the Opium Spritz (light and sweet, peachy with soda water for a kick, RM28), the Trader Vic Heads East (spiced rum, orange curacao, lime, dutch almond syrup and mangosteen, RM32), and the Concubine’s Batida (cachaca, lime, fresh pineapple and sugar - sweet and tangy, delightful, RM28).

Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Concubine’s Batida
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Opium Spritz 
In addition to these spots of splendid refreshment, we enjoyed some of the menu offerings from the restaurant which came served with lotus leaf buns and poppy seed rice. The Fern Leaf Salad with Grilled Prawns (RM24), a Nyonya classic, was enjoyable, as were the Lamb Patties (RM18), the warm Tuna Sashimi (RM46) on poppy flatbread, and the Salted Egg Cream Bun (RM12). For dessert, we liked the Cheesy Banana Fritters (RM18) which came sprinkled with warm shredded cheddar cheese (yes, you read that correctly!) and ice cream to end the evening.  

Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Wagyu Beef Rendang
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Chicken Satay
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Fern Leaf Salad with Grilled Prawns
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Lamb Patties
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Creamy Butter Prawns
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Opium Ice Glass
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Cocktails
Cheesy Banana Fritters
Reasons to visit: Fabulous cocktails; beautiful presentation; charming ambiance.

Opium KL
50 Changkat Bukit Bintang
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 21425670
Operating hours:
Sundays - Thursdays : 4pm - 1am
Fridays - Saturdays : 4pm - 2am

4 comments:

  1. Drooling at the food...and that pumpkin cup certainly caught my attention. Usually, it would be big, for use as a casserole.

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  2. Wow, these cocktails look really addictive!
    Hence, the name Opium?! ;)
    Wagyu rendang? Hmmm...
    Must be 10x more juicy than kampung beef.

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  3. I know what I'll be getting!

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