Monday, November 30, 2015

Ojos Bar - Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

I was called to the bar. The calling however was not to the legal bar to debate or discuss a case. Instead, it was to Ojos Taiwanese bar, the latest watering hole in Jaya One for cocktail tasting. Still, you never know, after a drink or more at Ojos, a heavy discussion may crop up and you never know again, who will laugh or cry the loudest thereafter. Aha!! Well, I’ve been around, I’ve been there and I’ve done it as well.   

Ojos bar (which is Spanish for “eyes) as you walk in after opening the heavy doors and after glancing at the "signature cocktail of the month" listed on the chalk board or as I would like to say, the "portable black board", the ambiance is similar to another upmarket watering hole. A bar if you have been to, obviously can't be brightly lighted up and there’s the bar counter with shelves of glasses and bottles behind it. Stand or sit at the bar or for the comfort of your back, the sofas will be good. Ojos Bar by the way is founded by Taiwanese expatriate Ms. Cindy who have lived in KL for three years and her pillars of strength are Min, the bartender from her home country and David, the Malaysian mixologist. 

Cocktail I later figured out is the speciality of Ojos. Unique, different and with the attention to detail expertise of Min and David, each cocktail with it's stylish name, stylishly mixed and presented. These cocktails with menu prices contain one or more types of liquor along with several mixers, such as fruit juice, syrup, bitters, soda or cream.   

Cocoacabana (RM48.00), Smirnoff vodka, creme de cassis, white wine, lime, ginger ale, Ojos ginger syrup and sugar candy atop, slightly sourish and bitter from the cocoa dusted on the tall glass and the sweet candy should go into mouth before drinking. I like a hero gently pushed the candy in the glass and it melted. This cocktail on my empty stomach, I was all shook up.
Crescent Moon (RM48.00, inspired by the moon-cake festival, a mixture of white wine, honey, tie kuan yin tea and grapefruit, the friend commented that, first, the lingering of the tea fragrance on the mouth and then, the mixture itself.       
At the courtesy of Ojos bar, the two "teetotaler” friends were presented with the customized mocktails (no names) based on customer's preference. The first - passion fruit, mint cucumber, vanilla, apple juice, dried orange and raspberry. The other - peach fruit paste, fresh orange and handmade simmered caramel. They of course loved the tastes.

Meanwhile, we ordered the popcorn chicken (original Taiwan recipe) served with the sauce. The tiny bits of crispy fried quickly disappeared and with so far only 4 snacks on the menu, we called for chicken steak. This breaded succulent chicken pieces paired with a similar sauce, too soon finished off. 

Since I was still hungry, we thanked Ms. Cindy, drove to Subang Jaya, tucked into a hearty bak kut teh meal and back home.
Ojos Bar, the pleasure is yours with friends after work or later part of the night or on your own if you don't want free-loaders to tag along.  

Ojos Bar
H-99-G, Jaya One
No 72A, Jalan Universiti
Petaling Jaya
6pm - 2am.

OJOS Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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  1. Nice write up.....I like ambiance of the bar and the pics...... !

  2. One of the things I enjoy chilling out in a bar is probably studying the cocktail menu; I love all the creative names! xoxo

  3. best to eat before heading out for drinks...snacks ain't going to fill the tummy and I would probably end up with BKT or hokkien mee after drinks.

    i wonder how the mocktails would taste if your friends returned again and wanted the same based on their flavour preference?

  4. There is nothing cool than trying different cocktails and mocktails.. loved the place


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