Hidden behind a block of beat-up lockers on the first floor of a nondescript shophouse in Damansara Kim is this speakeasy bar. The industrial vibe favoured by many bars and cafés in the city is given an interesting twist here – the addition of exposed metal pipes lining the ceiling and jutting out from the beaten-copper bar and walls, an obvious nod to the steampunk aesthetic.
Cocktails here feature inventive use of local and Asian ingredients. Kg Pandan Don uses pandan syrup, coconut milk and homemade pandan bitters together with tequila and rum, while Jacked-up is a gin, mustard, jackfruit, Cointreau and honey mix. The best part is, cocktails are very affordably priced.
The food menu, consisting mostly of finger food and bar bites, is just as interesting. Tex-Mex-inspired dishes have been reinterpreted with local ingredients – so expect punchy flavours. We highly recommend the spicy yet addictive mutton varuval quesadillas with mango chutney – a perfect accompaniment to the drinks. Other noteworthy highlights include miso-flavoured moringas, yam croquettes with char siew, and the potato and bitter gourd pakora.
|Venue name:||The Locker & Loft|
40A Jalan SS20/10, Damansara Kim
|Opening hours:||Mon, 9pm-2am; Tue-Thu, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-2am; Sun, 12.30pm-12.30am|