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
If you want to reap the maximum benefits of an alcoholic drink yet try to maintain a semblance of healthiness, go for the Djamu. According to resident mixologist Osmund, this drink has medicinal properties thanks to a shot of Jamu, a traditional herbal medicine from Java and Sumatera. Indonesian locals take a shot of Jamu every morning, but I’m happy to take my chances with this peated whisky with egg white foam and spiced honey.