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Catching up with Sam Tan

Now that Menara Ken @ TTDI has been completed, we catch up with Sam over a glass or two at The Point, Damansara Heights. 

It has been a couple of years since Sam Tan, Group Managing Director of Ken Holdings, spoke to us about Menara Ken @ TTDI. Now that it has been completed, we catch up with Sam over a glass or two at The Point, Damansara Heights.

Situated in the north side of the leafy upmarket neighbourhood is the new addition to the portfolio of boutique developer Ken Holdings. Standing at 13 stories, Menara Ken @ TTDI is an MSC-compliant platinum-grade green building. Despite its glassy façade and office-like appearance, calling it as just another office building would be injustice.

On its open rooftop sits the latest sports bar, Arena Bar KL, to complement the bustling F&B scene in TTDI. Besides that, there is also an event space that opens out to greenery and a rooftop pool and its flock of flamingos. The space recently played host of the launch party of Lapiz, a South Korean eyewear brand looking to establish its footprint in Malaysia.

But perhaps the crown jewel is the theatrette. The neighbourhood currently boasts a small but lively performing art scene—Five Arts Centre, Crackhouse Comedy Club and KuAsh Theatre. Sam Tan, Group Managing Director of Ken Holdings, is eager for the state-of-the-art venue to hit the ground running. He says the group is “open to working with anyone” who is keen.

Although the office market in KL has softened, with the average vacancy rate dipped slightly, Ken Holdings secured a major coup when Nestle Procurement Hub moved in as one of the tenants. The group itself has also relocated to the new building. According to Sam, the group is “looking to rent out” its previous office located near the TTDI MRT Station.

Beyond the bread-and-butter real estate business, Sam is a wine aficionado. “Wine is my hobby,” he confesses. The Point, which he co-owns, is a wine bar-cum-restaurant in Medan Damansara. But it isn’t just any other wine bar, it is where all the serious wine drinkers come to enjoy a bottle or two (magnums are also available). The cellar stocks only the best such as Sanctus 2000 and Gracia Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2011.

The TP Wine Club holds a wine-tasting event on a monthly basis where the tasting is conducted by qualified sommeliers in the region are invited to swirl the glasses and sample the wines together with a group of like-minded patrons. But you’re worried about the formality or you struggle to differentiate one fruit note from another, don’t, because this is a small gathering of friendly wine lovers and in a very relaxed setting, which I can attest to. The pour is generous and the range is around a dozen, plus a couple of surprises.

“It’s mainly by word of mouth,” Sam replies when I ask him about the publicity channel used to promote the tasting event. They must have been very convincing words then, because every chair is taken up and the guests, who I talk to, braved the peak-hour traffic to come from various neighbourhoods of the Klang Valley on a Thursday evening.

Next TP Wine Club’s Leroy Premier Tasting event is on 24 April 2017, 6-8pm, RM588 per pax. More for information, please visit www.thepointkl.com.my or call +603 2011 8008