Shake n Take at Locker & Loft Damansara Kim
I’ve been wanting to visit Locker & Loft in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya since its opening a year plus ago but somehow have not had the chance so when they invited me to go over to try out their new “Shake n Take” cocktail night I decided that no matter what I had to go. Finding it was somewhat interesting as there’s no outlet signage (it’s a speakeasy ie. hidden bar remember?) but once you find the lot number just go up to the first floor and push open the “locker door”.
Locker & Loft is a unique combination of both a “hidden speakeasy” inspired cocktail bar with the feel of a distillery bar that serves up Malaysian-inspired cocktails, and a restaurant which has a fusion local/ Western menu. The outlet designed by the owners themselves and has a 25-foot copper bar which is one of the longest in Malaysia,
The Locker and Loft is founded by Deepak Gill (long time drinks or should I say alcohol blogger who blogs at http://thirstyblogger.my/) and Paul Dass. Deepak Gill is also the Founder of the Alcohol Consumer-Rights Group Malaysia (Alcon) which seeks to protect the interests of alcohol consumers in Malaysia, and is the producer of Huggaz, which are wine and beer koozies.
Food and beverage prices are reasonable and there is a selection of more than 20 items on the food menu starting from just RM8.00 (quite hard to find these days when everything is so expensive) while the beverage menu features 12 specialized and affordable cocktails starting from only RM22.00 including alcoholic milkshakes!
There is a weekly pop-up bar in the outlet where guests learn to create their own cocktails (the reason for my visit). The establishment also has a range of wines and craft beers, a selection of 18 rums, 20 gins, close to 50 whiskies, and Grade-A Sarawakian tuak! They will soon be selling bottled cocktails as well which sounds quite interesting!
Some of their famous cocktails include Kelapa Rock, a coconut-water based vodka cocktail, Brown-Brown, a Milo Ais cocktail, and The Baldi, a mammoth punch bowl that contains an entire bottle of liquor. The Locker & Loft research and development team consistently releases a new Malaysian-inspired cocktail almost every week to keep things fresh especially for their loyal customers. After all, who wants to drink the same thing over and over again? Variety is the spice of life!
Locker & Loft is the world’s first bar outside Australia to stock the award-winning West Winds Gins – Broadside, and Captain’s Cut, which are limited edition craft spirits created with water from the pristine Margaret River, and incorporates native Australian plants.
The girls tried their hands at making their own cocktails. Before they started, they filled out a little questionnaire which basically helps the mixologist to narrow down their taste preference, coming up with a suitable cocktail which the girls could make themselves.
Mabel’s cocktail which was fruity and refreshing. I got her to make mine too which was a twist on the normal Old Fashioned.
The only cocktails that I drink are whisky based ones!
Blogger Cookies tried her hand at making some cocktails as well.
Some notable food items at the establishment include Mutton Varuval Quesadillas, Catfish Fingers, Slow-cooked Char Siew Baby-Back Ribs (I must try this next time I’m there!), Smoked Duck Linguine with Lap Cheong, and Rack of Mutton with Percik Sauce.
Mutton Varuval Quesadilla – RM25.00
Minced mutton varuval with mango chutney, mozzarella cheese and sliced tomatoes
Oh yeah these were good! Spicy and cheese with some piquancy from the tomatoes! Don’t share this one!
Potato and Bitter Gourd Pakora – RM15.00
Thinly-sliced potatoes, bitter gourd, jackfruit and fresh chillies served with a mint yogurt dip
This was pretty interesting, kinda reminded me of the fried bitter gourd at Nirvana Maju in Bangsar. Savoury with hint of spicy and with a minty dip -this dish goes well with beer/ Guinness draught though.
Chicken Skewers – RM25.00
Juicy chicken chunks cooked in a tandoori-style marinade. Served with mint sauce and flat bread
Lamb Skewers – RM32.00
Tender pieces of lamb marinated Masala style grilled, skewed and served with mint sauce and flat bread
I liked that both types of skewers had some nice spice to them! Making them ideal to go along with draught beers! BTW the outlet has Tiger and Guinness on tap!
Smoked Duck Aglio Olio – RM34.00
Lightly tossed with smoked duck breast, lap cheong, chilli flakes, shitake mushroom, roasted peanuts and cherry tomatoes
This one was so awesome! Really liked the inclusion of the lap cheong which added the sweet flavours while the earthy smoked duck breasts were tender and flavourful!
Doesn’t contain Guinness at all but is a pretty potent little shooter with Baileys and other liquers
The tunes here are strictly non-commercial, focusing on funk, soul and house, with Bluesy and Alternative Rock Nights on Tuesdays as well House Sessions on Friday nights, featuring local deejays such as Blastique.
The pop up bar is also available to rent for events and comes with a mixologist. For more info, contact Deepak Gill, Marketing Director, Locker & Loft at 019 382-4780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Locker & Loft is located at:
40A, Jalan SS 20/10,
47400 Petaling Jaya,
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 5.00 pm -1.00 am and on Sundays from 12.30 pm – 12.00am