There are an abundance of Insta-worthy spots around KL's Chinatown aka Petaling Street area that could take up one’s view but it’s virtually impossible for you to miss the new Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown (@fourpointskualalumpurchinatown).
Towering over the stamping grounds of the millennials such as the Kwai Chai Hong and Merchant’s Lane, the hotel houses one of the most exciting drinkeries that bar scene has seen in quite a while — Jann Bar.
The chinoiserie-styled bar keeps the patrons on their toes with an eclectic range of cocktails and mocktails that are inspired by the traditional trades of the iconic neighborhood.
We sampled a few offerings from its menu and here’s our verdict:
Something with a little sugar and spice and everything nice, Dear Jann certainly ticks all the right boxes. Secret Garden Lavender Gin and apricot liqueur are mixed with a hint of Dolin Blanc vermouth and elderflower syrup to deliver this delightful pale peach cocktail that is smooth, fragrant and easy on the taste buds.
For a fun twist, dried mandarin peel is serrojaved on the side for that added kick of sweetness.
As for drinks that is not on the menu, the bartender whipped up this Chinese New Year special that comprises of an interesting blend of secret garden geranium, lychee, lemon, sugar and pak choy.
Those who don’t fancy their cocktail strong will definitely appreciate the surprisingly sweet and refreshing aftertaste of this somewhat healthier concoction.
Those who are more adventurous may go for the Rojak concoction.
A cocktail recipe that speaks of the hotel’s own identity, Rojak juxtaposes the aromatic and delicate notes of Bacardi Carta Oro against fruity profiles of the ambra, pineapple and lemon on top of the rojak sauce (of course) that will give you that oh-so-familiar buzz.
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! While apam balik-flavoured drink does sound icky on paper, the mocktail is one of the highlights of our session.
The mixture of peanut butter and coconut cream gives it an authentic flavour of the local delicacy, and the sprinkles of hazelnuts as the finishing lend some crunch to the velvety texture of the drink.
Sri Maha Temple
The craftspeople at Jann went the extra mile for this. They visited the Kuala Lumpur’s oldest Hindu temple and walked away with a recipe that captures the essence of the shrine.
The colour and the scent of the Sri Maha Temple is reimagined with grapefruit and calamansi juice, which gives the drink a bitter aftertaste but it’s balanced by the floral flavour of the rose.
For more information, visit four-points.marriott.com.
Four Points KL Chinatown will officially reopen its doors on 15th July 2020.