If you know me well, you should probably know I don't drink any sort of alcoholic beverages as I tend to get drunk easily. I guess that pretty much sums up my social life too - no bar, no happy hour and so. Surprisingly, my friends are pro-drinkers, some of them can drink so much and still stay sober, almost God-like!
Thanks to them, I get to explore one of the most hidden bar located in the heart of KL, which you may not heard of as they don't really promote themselves much and mostly people know the place by viva voce. Sounds mysterious isn't it? That is why I gotta pay a visit to this mysterious bar!
Me, Jean, Freda and KJ decided to go to Omakase + Appreciate on this Friday night. Jean lead us to Ming Annexe Building which located at Jln Ampang and I was like, so empty this place, not even one living human being spotted around except the guards of the building. lol. After parked our car in the building and take lift to the main entrance, I was like: where is the freaking bar!!! Jean continue lead us to this basement which looked like this:
|Photo stolen from Jean's blog|
I was anticipating it and I took snapchat but not photos, hence gotta steal the photo from Jean's blog lolololol. The bar was hidden behind the door which has the No Admittance sign on it. Kinda build up the adventurous feeling to push open the door isn't it? Anyway, there it is, the mysterious Omakase + Appreciate bar that serve one of the finest cocktails curated by well known bartenders of KL!
Omakase + Appreciate started their business in April 2013 started with two renowned bartenders - Shawn Chong and Karl Too, serving customers with their perfect blend of cocktails liquors from both East and West, as well as teaching their customers to appreciate the glass of cocktails in their hand. I was kinda intimidated to see such variety of alcohol displayed on the rack inside the bar...
|Okay I surrender.|
It was a fine Friday night, hence the sofa seats around are full with tourists and locals who pay a visit after work, so we settle for the bar area, and it was one of the perfect seat to see the bartenders work out the magic in your glass.
|Our bartender of the night - Shawn Chong|
Jean's favourite bartender!
In fact, as one of the co-owner of Omakase + Appreciate, Shawn Chong is one of South-East Asia's best bartenders and he just came back from Cape Town, South Africa in September after competing in Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2015. I guess you can never get a better glass of cocktail from elsewhere in Malaysia than in Omakase + Appreciate.
Omakase + Appreciate constantly bring in new menu monthly to satisfy customers' hunger for perfect glass of cocktail. 4 bartenders, 4 different blend, specialty and classics from 4 different personalities, I guess even people who are alcohol-intolerance like me can't resist a glass too. So we decided to order one glass of cocktails each to toast for my bravery of trying their cocktails and also for the Friday night that we're enjoying!
|Guess which one was mine?|
Since their menu change monthly, hence you might not see your favourite cocktails on the menu next month but you can always request them to curate the special cocktail for you which suits your taste. I purposely tell Shawn I wanted something that is very low in alcohol percentage, low in bitterness and sweeter, I'm guessing the OS from Shawn will be like: Can you go to some place that's not a bar to request for juice please you noob drinker. LOL. But I wanted to drink cocktail, enjoy it and stay sober becaue I'm driving... *pouts*
I barely can remember the name of the cocktails we ordered that night. I spent whole night trying so hard to drink my glass of cocktail, and occasionally swap glass with Freda to let her drink mine more so I don't have to down the whole glass myself hahahahaha. Stupid things I do when drinking but it was a fun night. It was also on that night, I witness the drinking ability of Jean and KJ which is almost God-Like! While I was struggling with my one-and-only glass of cocktail, they keep ordering cocktails whenever they saw some interesting liquor bottles on the rack, like this one:
I guess Shawn was pretty much up to the game to mix and blend different types of cocktails using different type of liquor on that night for both Jean and KJ. I'm constantly feeling sleepy on the other side, trying to stay awake by chewing away the bowl of snacks they provide for customers and Freda was mumbling bout silly stuff and selfie all the time. Hahahahahaha.
|One of the perks of having alcoholic friend - You get to try different cocktails without have to down the whole glass yourself.|
I'm trying very hard to recall that this cocktail is called Spring or Summer.
It was a really fun night out with them, to chill and hype up the happy feelings for the weekend. We talk about silly things, girls problems, work issues over the glass and I guess Shawn pretty much know the secret of customers there hahahaha. When the bill came, almost got me by heart attack, because just by drinking cocktails the amount is RM550! LOL! Well, the unique experience at Omakase + Appreciate pretty worth the bill I would say.
|Too drunk to stand straight, have to support by the wall hahaha|
If you're searching for a good cocktail bar, Omakase + Appreciate will definitely be the place you gotta pay the visit at least once in your life! But Jean have this lil selfish thought of not sharing this wonderful place to the public as it is already so crowded and often fully-occupied, she wanna own the place by herself! Hahaha. Gosh~ I'm feeling like drinking already! *alcoholic spotted*
For more information:
Omakase + Appreciate Official Facebook Page
Address: LG floor, Ampang Bangunan Ming Annexe, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia