SELANGOR, Malaysia – With The Good Guys, the appeal is very simple: The lack of artifice. It’s so aptly named because there are no airs or cares to put on. It’s your quintessential neighbourhood bar. If you’ve ever wanted to star in your own version of Cheers, this is where you’re likely to do so.
A Throwback to the Pub Life
We’ve seen every manner of bar hit the Malaysian market in the last couple of years, but it’s been awhile since we visited a spot that serves up pure comfort. We’re talking the cheapest beers on tap (starting at RM9, USD2.19) and one of the only bars that serves Somersby in a frozen mug!
Looking at the unpretentious, unassuming surroundings, you’ll be surprised by just how good (and potent) their cocktails are.
Our favourites are definitely their bespoke concoctions. The TGG Mojito (RM25, USD6.09), and TGG Mocha (RM28, USD6.82) are must-haves.
We’d never think that the contrast of caramel and lemongrass could work this well. Infused with local rum, it’s like no other.
Their TGG Mocha is the ultimate adult milkshake. It’s rich, creamy, and decadently chocolate-y. This enticing concoction of rum, Kahlúa, coffee and chocolate (all our favourite things) really hits the spot if you’ve had a rough day.
For a more cheeky and refreshing kick, Flirt Girl and Horny Baby (RM25, USD6.09 each) are the best way to beat the heat.
Flirt Girl is a great representation of the light flavour profile of the preferred gin of choice at The Good Guys – The Botanist. Coupled with vodka and blue Curaçao, it’s on the sour side, but extremely well-balanced.
Still citrus-y, but balanced with honey, Horny Baby is a fantastic whiskey-based cocktail.
If you’re a caffeine-holic like us, the Espresso Martini (RM25, USD6.09) that’s Kahlúa and rum heavy will be right up your alley.
Two of the most interesting drinks on the menu are their Bulldozer (RM35, USD8.53) and Agwa shot (RM20, USD4.87).
Heavy on the tamarind, the Bulldozer would be an acquired taste. But fans of spice would quite enjoy the heat, coupled with gin and vodka.
If you’ve never heard of Agwa, you’re welcome. It’s a liqueur that comes from Bolivian coca leaves – yes, coca! As a shot, it’s served with Sprite; but if you order a bottle you get to pick your mixer.
Warning: The drinks at TGG are extremely potent, so you’re in the right place if you want good pub grub, as well.
We can’t quite get over just how good the food is. Even if you don’t drink, TGG is worth a visit just for a bite to eat. Whether you’re grazing or gorging, there’s nothing quite like the comfort food staples that are perfectly executed here.
If you’re in the mood for the ultimate bar food (in our opinion), Siew Yoke (roasted pork belly – RM16, USD3.90) is the way to go. TGG’s siew yoke is a crowd favourite for a reason. Marinated overnight in a pounded spice rub then baked, they go the extra step of popping your order on the grill when it comes in. Extra juicy, extra crispy – Perfection!
Their Moo Ping (grilled pork skewers – RM12, USD2.92) needs no introduction. Under the same ownership as Superthai, their moo ping and siew yoke compete for the top spot. Our suggestion is to order both. Choosing is for losers!
For something heartier with the current inclement weather, we strongly suggest you try their Hot & Spicy Sour Pork Ball Soup (RM10, USD2.44). The springy pork balls have a nice bite to them, and the chilli in the soup really knocks it up a notch.
We love that you can turn any of these into a meal as TGG offers up steaming bowls of rice to accompany them upon request. But we recommend you skip the rice and order actual meals to accompany these appetisers.
Asian Pub Grub
There’s nothing more Asian than finding Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM17, USD4.14) at your local pub, and TGG does a mean version of it. Served with fries instead of rice, this take on it is what you should try if you find the tomato ketchup-heavy sauce to be too cloying.
The gravy is reminiscent of the mushroom gravy you get with mashed potatoes, and it pairs beautifully with the juicy chicken.
For the ultimate comfort food offering, you need to order their Siew Yoke Mee (RM16, USD3.90). Could there be a better dish to drink with? We think not. It doesn’t get much better than springy instant noodles paired with their delicious siew yoke.
A surprising favourite was the Curry Siew Yoke Rice (RM10, USD2.44). You may think you know what you’re getting, but one bite of this will set your senses alight. The gravy is laden with assam (tamarind) and it’s just an unexpectedly awesome flavour profile. This is a must-have to pair with beer.
We can safely say that The Good Guys serves up some of our favourite cocktails and food in the Klang Valley. We highly recommend you eat and drink your way through their menu to find your favourites. After all, it’s a spot you’ll want to go back to time and time again. It’s just a shame they’re only open from 5pm!
- The cheapest drinks in KL on tap
- Exceptional cocktails
- Outstanding comfort food
- The welcoming, laid back ambiance
- Great food served until 12-1 am (Depending on the crowd)
- Driving. Parking is a nightmare and the drinks are strong.
- Walking in without a reservation if you’d like a table.
The Good Guys
71-M, Jalan SS21/1a
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel: 03-7733 9969
We were guests at The Good Guys for this review, but that in no way influences the opinions expressed here.