P&C Cocktail Bar @ Desa Sri Hartamas

June 23, 2015

KL's newest speakeasy-style cocktail bar is an intimate hideout that strives to evoke the spirit of Prohibition-era America, complete with wanted posters of Al Capone & U.S. newspaper clippings that hark back to nearly a century ago.

Here's how to locate P&C: It's in the strange structure behind Desa Sri Hartamas' Naughty Nuri's (both establishments share the same Malaysian owners); look for a wooden entrance that opens to reveal P&C's cat-&-rooster emblem - a cheeky clue for what P&C really stands for (not Private & Confidential). If you can't find it, ask Naughty Nuri's staff for help.

 No menu was available when we visited, but veteran mixologist Erik Fiza, a man with many years of experience behind the bar, is fully capable of fixing you a drink based on your preferences. Sweet & simple? Herbaceous & tart? Fruity & complex? Floral & crisp? Let Erik know; note though that many cocktails here may cost north of RM50.

The issue of cost also causes us reluctance in recommending P&C's food-&-cocktail pairing selection; we love the concept, with each platter of pulled beef, smoked duck or salmon created to be matched with a specific cocktail. But each pairing is priced at RM150 & above - we tried the beef, but the stringy meat in a cloying sauce furnished no reason for us to order more.

 The cocktail in the pairing menu - smoky & sensually nuanced - fares better than the food. But the reality is that at least one other speakeasy bar in KL serves appreciable cocktails for RM35-RM40, so P&C's main appeal may be its cosmetic allure.

P&C Cocktail Bar
Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur

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