From the fearless samurai outfit that greets its patrons at the entrance to the display of aged Japanese whiskey lined up behind the bar counter, Kenshin is Shawn’s vision of paying homage to the military nobility and professional boxers of the 20th century. As co-founder Shawn Lee puts it, Kenshin is a treasure trove of stories. Taking over Tate at the Intermark, the Japanese bar is helmed by mixologist and co-founder Osmund Bernard, influenced by the flavours of Southeast Asia. Split into different regions: Malaya, Borneo, Siam, Java and Sumatera, the influences of Kenshin is a cocktail of culture, tales, and tipples.
KENSHIN, G-03A Ground Floor, The Intermark, 348 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Hailing from Siam, or what is commonly known these days as Thailand ‘Land of a Thousand Smiles’, this drink doesn’t promise to hold a smile but it serves to evoke a sense of intrigue. For those who prefer a sour kick in your sweet drinks, this is a winner. London dry gin is accompanied with grapefruit tonic—a squeeze of kalamansi and jasmine links it back to its Thai origins. Right off the bat, Sinangein reminds me of my staple mamak order teh o’ ais limau.