W1 Dining and Cocktails brings a modern twist on a British pub without forgetting the classics. Located in the heart of Bangsar this little delight brings you a casual dining experience, yet with a sophisticated vibe. The dimmed lighting and dark colours really help bring out a warm and welcoming atmosphere, along with an impressive array of magnificent food and exquisite cocktails. W1 is a place not to be missed.
Upon Arrival we were greeted by Daniel, the owner and restaurateur by trait who has managed some of the best bars and restaurants in London. He proceeded by explaining briefly the history of W1 and got us started on the menus.
To kick the evening off, A Pimm’s was in order. A very British summer delicacy rarely found in Kuala Lumpur. Followed by a selection of dishes suggested by Daniel himself. First up was the Jiaozi, dumplings filled with a generous amount of melt-in-your mouth duck accompanied by a black vinegar and mushroom XO sauce, perfect to get our taste buds started.
Next was the W1 Scotch Egg, a twist on a British classic, with a crispy Australian beef crust and a soft-boiled egg centre complimented by a curried aioli and pickled red onions combining the flavours of UK and India in one great dish. Perfect if you’re looking for something a bit lighter.
The Butter Fish Tika Masala with almond cream, okra tempura and green chilli was a very flavoursome dish, served with a generous amount of mouth-watering fish topped with a crispy okra tempura which matches perfectly with the almond cream.
Our last appetizer was the Twice Baked Cheese Souffle with a creamy mushroom sauce and chunky toast. If you have a huge love for cheese which I personally do, this will be the perfect dish for you. A bit more on the heavier side but will keep you satisfied until your main course arrives.
On to the mains.
We start with a Pan Seared Seabass with tangy lime, ginger, orange and greens. Perfectly cooked, the seabass holds a crispy skin which breaks with the slightest touch of a knife. Combine that with mixture of fruit, root, and greens gives you the Asian twist perfect as a lighter main course.
And last but not least, the almighty British classic, Pie and Mash, a creamy chicken pie with mashed potato and herb liquor gravy baby. Teaming with flavour, filled to the brim with filling all encased in a buttery shortcrust pastry, my personal favourite.
Just when we thought we couldn’t eat anymore, out came the desert. Sticky Cola Pudding with chocolate caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. A great new twist on the traditional sticky date.
We then continued with an array of different cocktails. My highlight being the Gilbert and Sullivan which was a perfect mix of Tanqueray gin and lemon with a hint of vanilla, crowned with a couple of juniper berries, a very soothing cocktail.
I would definitely recommend visiting W1 Bar Dining and Cocktails. The food and cocktails are incredible and being paired with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, creates a great place to relax, socialise and even network. If you’re on your own or with a group, W1 caters for everyone to an impeccable standard. Staff are very friendly and attentive to your every need, all in all Daniel and the team were great hosts and we will definitely be visiting again!