KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – This year, WIP is going tropical with a Hawaiian-themed Christmas. The BSC institution is the perfect setting for a laid back take on a traditionally cozy holiday, and we’re loving it.
The Kuleke Platter
Either as a main, or for sharing alongside your main, The Kuleke Platter (RM88, USD21.57) gives you a variety of goodies.
It’s hard to pick a favourite here, but we loved the Fresh Water Prawn. Fresh, flavourful, and beautifully creamy, we’d eat a platter of these if it were on offer.
Unfortunately the Sliced Roasted Turkey was a touch dry, though it was packed with excellent flavour. It’s served up alongside a sauce, which does help.
Their Chicken Merguez & Spicy Beef Sausages were an absolute hit on account of just how intensely flavourful they were. While the Sautéed Vegetables were a nice crisp accompaniment to cut through the hearty platter.
The dessert element here includes a Red Wine Poached Pear, Grapes, and Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.
The pear is the real centrepiece of this segment, as it’s beautifully poached with all the Christmas-y spices – reminiscent of mulled wine.
Aloha Beef Burger
WIP is known for their meat, and their Aloha Beef Burger (RM35, USD8.58) is no exception. Marrying their homemade beef patty with Emmenthal, a grilled pineapple, and teriyaki sauce works surprisingly well.
The burger is served up well done leaving it a tad dry for our liking, but the pineapple helps in that respect.
Huli Huli Chicken
Also packed with flavour and tradition, the Huli Huli Chicken (RM38, USD9.31) is barbecued over mesquite wood.
It’s basted in a sauced comprising of pineapple juice, ketchup, soy sauce, sherry vinegar, brown sugar, and ginger.
Rum-Infused Cocktails (RM35, USD8.58 each)
In their annual tie-up with Wholly Spirits, this year’s focus is naturally on rum in their Tiki-style cocktails.
Speaking to Co-Founder Shawn Samuel, we were informed that this was a showcase of less well-known labels in the Malaysian market. As Wholly Spirits forays as much into education of alcohol as actually getting us drunk, they picked the perfect complementary rum for each cocktail.
If you’re a fan of citrus, opt for A-Maize-Ing, which beautifully combines rum, Velvet Falernum syrup, fresh lime juice, and bitters.
If you really want to get into the Tiki spirit, opt for either the Toucan or Orinoco Fog.
Toucan is a well-balanced and refreshing option with rum, Aperol, fresh pineapple, pink grapefruit and lime juice.
For more depth of flavour, the Orinoco Fog adds cognac and dry curaçao to the mix.
Truly tropical and somewhat nostalgic in presentation, the Batida features rum alongside Cachaça (fermented sugarcane juice), an ingredient that’s just recently shown up in more cocktails around the city. It also includes banana and coconut water for an extra hit of island refreshment.
If you’re looking for a lighter cocktail that’s heavy on the coconut, opt for the Maui Fizz. With unique elements like chai spice syrup, egg white, and soda accompanying the rum and coconut water, it’s quite a flavour profile.
In any event, you can’t go wrong with either of these. They’re loaded with alcohol (as drinks at WIP often are), and since they’re all rum-based ordering one of each shouldn’t be an issue.
A Christmas Eve Luau
A luau for Christmas Eve (RM150, USD36.77 per adult and RM100, USD24.51 per child)? Count us in because it’s going to include hula dancers, ukelele bands, and fire breathers. Not to mention a Hawaiian-inspired menu to bring it all together. – The Binge
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We were guests at WIP for this review, but that in no way influences the opinions expressed here.