Bar of the Week: Birch
PSA: This popular brunch spot serves up some mean cocktails too
Lot G10/11, Ground Floor, Damansara City Mall, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Cocktails are served from 4pm onwards, Monday to Saturday
Mondays to Thursdays, 9am to 1am
Fridays to Saturdays, 9am to 2am
Sundays, 9am to 5pm
Why it's special
Nestled at the leafy entrance of the new Damansara City Mall (DC Mall) in Damansara Heights, Birch is a cool casual eatery popular for its #Instaworthy brunches that transforms into a laid-back cocktail bar and modern dining restaurant by night. The restaurant which is barely four months old, having just opened its doors at the end of July this year, is inspired by the laidback yet bustling eating houses in West Hollywood – a concept that is reflected through its industrial influenced décor made up of exposed bricks, distressed wood panels, sleek gold accents, marble surfaces and eclectic furniture amidst a lofty, greenhouse-like setting.
What to drink
Cocktails here are centred on American spirits with bartenders putting their own playful spin on familiar classics. For an aperitif drink that's light and sweet, we recommend the Pina Clear-ada (coconut, citrus, pineapple and cream) to start with. If the name wasn't self-explanatory, it's a cocktail that tastes and smells just like a classic Pina Colada, but looks like a clear, dry martini.
If you prefer something refreshing, ask for the Beyond Sunrise, an upgraded version of the Tequila Sunrise featuring chipotle chile powder for an unexpected spicy kick.
What to eat
Order from Birch's dinner menu which is available from 6pm onwards every day. If you're looking for something light to snack on in between cocktails, opt for the stuffed jalapeño poppers filled with saffron and cream cheese or tripe chilli con carne, both best enjoyed shared.
We don't recommend skimping on calories or dessert either as the restaurant's signature Huckleberry Burnt Cheesecake (yes, the one you've probably salivated over on Instagram) is not to be missed. Think gooey cheese centre, spongy outer layer and a delicious brûlée crust.
A fun dinner-and-drinks with the girls or a low-key date night.
Call 03 2011 5966 or make a reservation on Birch's website.