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