Voted the best bar in Malaysia by Asia's 50 Best Bars for three years in a row, Bar Trigona was also recognised in 2022 for having the Best Cocktail Menu. The award recognises excellence in range of drinks, innovation, storytelling and how well the menu communicate the bar's identity. It's no small feat considering it's a relative newcomer in the scene.
The pride of Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Bar Trigona champions indigenous produce and the farmers who cultivate them. For instance, it gets a small supply of raw trigona honey (hence the bar's name) from a bee farm in Negeri Sembilan. The hotel also sustains a small plot of land in Pahang for the cultivation of fruit trees, herbs and spices for its own use.
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While its award-winning 2021 menu puts the spotlight on four common Malaysian herbs—pandan, lemongrass, pegaga and bunga kantan—its latest menu celebrates the five local farms it works closely with. Dubbed the Five Farms menu, apart from its own farm and Dino Kelutut Organic Farm for the honey, the other farms are cocoa cultivator Chocolate Concierge, Mutiara Figs and Boom Grow herbs.
Drink highlights include Red Bird that showcases the sour notes of kedondong (amberella) rum, homemade oolong wine and trigona honey. Then there is Terroir that mixes asam boi-infused tequila with kedondong, lime and cacao honey. Speaking of which, honey remains the leading star at this cocktail bar with three varieties of honey including trigona.
"Fascinatingly, the character of honey changes through the year. Its taste, texture and colour depend of the flowers in bloom during each fruiting season. When honey is in its pure, unadulterated form, it is possible to taste these subtle differences," noted assistant bar manager Julian Brigget.