As the saying goes: all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. With that in mind, we decided to head out for the evening with our A-List 2019 “Jacks”: Charles Chua, Alex Hong, Darren Chong and twins Neal and Nigel Edwin.
Their first stop was one of the newest bars in town Flying Monkeys, located on the eighth floor of Residensi Tribeca along Jalan Imbi. There, the boys were spoiled for choices with a diverse range of cocktails, consisting of quirky, delicious inventions with a local twist using ingredients like gula melaka, calamansi, nutmeg, cili padi and mangosteen.
The boys even got the opportunity to try their hands in making some of Flying Monkey’s cocktails, such as the signature cocktail Fifth Taste, made from Edinburgh Seaside Gin, Campari, calamansi and in-house tomato cordial accompanied by an exquisite tomato chutney and black pepper garnish; and the Malaccan Fashioned, a timeless whisky-based cocktail with a twist of pink grapefruit and gula melaka.
Next up was Brixton 23 along Jalan Bukit Bintang inspired by the iconic secret intelligence movie, The Kingsman, with a bespoke menswear tailoring shop front, which leads to the bar and restaurant.
There, the A-Listers sat down to a sumptuous dinner: starters of Salmon Season and the Brixton Caesar Salad, before diving into the mains of Carbonara Tartufo, caramelised truffle paste capaletti tossed with light cream, yolk emulsion, smoked egg yolk, and topped with parmigiana and black pepper; and Crowned Black Angus Tenderloin, crowned with Portobello fricassee and baked till perfection, and served with parmesan toasted cauliflower puree, herb butter roasted root vegetables, sweet potato gratin and pepper butter sauce.
Finally, they capped off on a sweet note with The Rocher, a roasted hazel nut and valhorna chocolate mousse, paired with caramelised nuts, tiramisu gelato and roasted bananas.
The A-Listers capped off the night at The RuMa’s Santai pool bar and lounge, the latest prime spot in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, where guests can enjoy a refreshing nightcap next to the gorgeous 25-meter outdoor infinity pool and sundeck overlooking the city’s landmarks.
Here, the boys sampled The Jungle Bird, a local cocktail staple created during the revival of tiki-themed bars in the 1970s. Already served in most Malaysian cocktail bars, and found its way around the world, The Jungle Bird is regarded as one of the best cocktails ever created, with its concoction of Appleton Estate Signature Reserve rum, Diplomatico Mantuano rum, Campari, freshly squeezed pineapple and lime juices, and homemade syrup.
During the night’s bar hop, Charles, Darren, Alex, Nigel and Neal wore the 42mm Rado Golden Horse Automatic timepiece with distinguishable vintage inspired shapes from the original Golden Horse collection of 1957. Another model they donned was the Rado Captain Cook timepiece, which drew on all the great elements that made the 1962 original a roaring success: the sword-and-arrow hands, the wedge-shaped luminescent indexes, and curved dial form the basis of the model.