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
“Wait, is this inspired by the Singapore Sling?” Hardly, Osmund explains, as the Sandakan Sling was concocted in 1910s, the converse was true. A Singaporean bartender twisted the Borneo drink into the renowned Singaporean drink. If Djamu is a herbal remedy, the Sandakan Sling is a drink you wake up to for a boost of caffeine. Using kopi tenom with East Imperial Burma tonic, Borneo rice wine, and London dry gin, it’s topped off with aromatic bitters—that’s your pump of adrenaline covered in all aspects.