Mrs Jones' Parlour, Petaling Jaya
October 30, 2018
Who is Mrs Jones? Her identity supplies the intrigue surrounding PJ's new gin bar - stepping into this space is like entering the sitting room of someone lost in the mists of history, full of timeworn furnishing that hints at a Bohemian heritage.
Mrs Jones, as the legend goes, was a gypsy girl from Prague who travelled to the Far East in the early 1960s, falling in love with British officer Davy Jones in Malaya. Her husband, however, suffered from bipolar disorder, prompting her to resort to magical remedies and brews to soothe him.
That sense of mystery and mystique pervades Mrs Jones' Parlour, where concoctions like the Heart Of Mary promises to be 'the world's strongest love potion' while the Elixir Of Life boasts benefits for your tolerance of spirits.
Specialities include house-infused gin, which can be enjoyed with tonic (or coconut water, if you prefer a less sugary version) - Eternal Youth, for example, showcases gin infused with basil, strawberry and red pepper, a restorative libation that tastes even more refreshing with coconut water (RM28).
The gin selection is eclectic and extensive enough for an entire evening's exploration, spanning Australia to the USA, Finland to France, Japan to Thailand, Scotland to Slovenia.
From the Land of the Rising Sun's first dedicated artisanal gin distillery, Kyoto Distillery's new Ki No Bi is best matched by head bartender Mckay Jiplin and his team with tonic, rosemary and an orange peel, preserving the natural botanicals of this dry gin (RM45+). It's a pleasure to sip on this while savouring the leafy first-floor courtyard setting beside the bar counter.
If there's any lingering doubt about Mrs Jones' prowess, the gin-based cocktails here will vanquish that. Johanna in particular is bewitching, blending Hendrick's, Cherry Heering, Fernet-Branca and elderflower syrup to enchanting effect (RM35).
Wine is also available, along with warm food that can be freshly ordered from the full kitchen downstairs of Section 17's Tujoh restaurant.
Mrs. Jones Parlour
617a, Jalan 17/10, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Open Monday-Thursday, 5pm-1am; Friday-Saturday, 5pm-2am. Tel: 011-1100-0621
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