Pisco is Spanish, but not quintessentially. It’s a marriage of Spanish hot bloodedness and the poised, chic ambience that we’ve come to expect in a good bar. The decor at Pisco can best be described as industrial with a dash of pop. The exposed walls are adorned with just the right amount of blown up black and white photographs of pop icons (keep a lookout for the candid shot of stars partying at Studio 54), paintings inspired by films, and wall art. They’re one of those places that uses metal buckets as lamp shades.
Drinks-wise, they don’t seem hard pressed to compete with their flashier neighbours. You won’t be overwhelmed with choice; they serve a trim yet inclusive selection of beers, liqueurs, wine and cocktails. The fusion food, heavy on seafood and pork, is influenced by the chef’s Peruvian/Japanese background, and that’s quite a rare find in KL’s bars. We’d say that the star has to be the ceviches, which are raw seafood marinated in lime juice, onions and chilli peppers. Jay Chooi