I already had my doubts when Pat told me we were going to check out Dunhill's concept store/ bar/ lounge in the Bukit Bintang area.... I thought: "Sheet. I don't smoke and I hate having second hand smoke blown in my face - So, why the Hell am I going to a bar opened by a cigarette company??"
Still, when I walked into this low key bar just opposite KL Plaza, I was pretty blown away by the lovely ambience - split into 2 levels, it was plush, luxurious and sophisticated with a sort of retro but futuristic look:
There was also a pretty extensive menu of the usual beers, wines and some interesting sounding cocktails for reasonable prices (not cheap, but not expensive either).
Sounds good so far?
Yeah - but I'm never EVER going back there again.
"Why lah J?", you ask?
Well, I am pretty fussy about service and the service here sucks.
I mean, we were pretty much the only people there that night... but after taking our orders and serving us our first round of drinks, all 6 waiters lined up at the bar area and decided that they should serve us a consistent stream of menacing frowns that shouted:
"Why are you still here?? - I want to go home and you are being a bother by making me serve you".
They pretty much left us to ourselves for the one hour we sat there, not bothering to ask us whether we wanted anything else/ smile/ etc.
(To be fair, there was one waiter who was nice and friendly... but the rest of them are a pain)
It's a real pity.
This place could have been really nice.
(They also serve food there - didn't try it as the kitchen was closed already - and interestingly, for you cancer stick suckers out there, they have a ciggie sommelier who can blend custom cigarrettes according to your specifications)
101° East @ KL
134, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 03 - 2145 9101
Mon - Thurs: 12noon - 12midnight
Fri - Sat: 12noon - 2am
(Closed on Sundays)
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