Had a table booked at Easy Tiger, two doors down on Friday night so needed a happy hour haunt and Shern and I ended up at Chalawan. I'd heard there were good cocktails here so it seemed the right time to see if this rumour was true.
Seated at on outside table on colourful Smith Street, we took advantage of the buy 2 drinks, 3rd one free and ended up with 6 cocktails paying for 4 over the course of our time there.
We started off with the Tie Me Down with an ingredient list that reads Eristoff Vodka, Lemongrass, Cucumber, Citrus, Pandan, Orange Blossom.
We also indulged in a couple of nibbles:
- Peek Gai Tord - Organic Rice Flour Coated Chicken Wings And Crispy Roasted Chicken Skin With Sriracha Sauce And Pickled Onion
- Plah Meuk Khai Kem - Crispy Fried Calamari With Home Made Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Aioli, Chive and Spring Onion
The plates are small; 4 little wings and 5 pieces of calamari so order more if there are more of you. But the food was tasty and was decent enough as beer snacks go. The calamari was crunchy and the aioli interesting and I enjoyed the salty flavours of the wings.
Service was a little slow and the waitress although keen to help struggled to understand English. We were also bothered by a Smith Street character who uninvited sat at our table, tried to ask for money but then kept nodding off in a drunken stupor. The man at the table next to us tried to help and ask him to move on but he didn't listen. The wait staff didn't help and as two ladies it was a little intimidating. I ended up saying sharply that he shouldn't sit there and he went on his way but he did try to return! I think the wait staff need to be a bit more attentive to the outside tables.