In this interview, Erik Fiza, food and beverage manager for Suzie Wong Kuala Lumpur, tells how he entered the industry and some stories from behind the scenes.
What do you do and how did you get into the industry?
My name is Erik Fiza and I work as the Beverage Manager for Suzie Wong. How I started was that I was a line cook in an esteemed restaurant 19 years ago. After that, worked as assistant bartender at a club situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Share with us an interesting story from behind the scenes.
To be honest, there are too many and I would have to write a book in order to tell all but one that I distinctively remember (and one of the best) is getting RM5,000 tips from the Brazilian team during their visit to Malaysia few years ago.
What’s the best/ worst part of your job?
The worst would be the long hours of working behind the bar and handling intoxicated guests and the best would be working with understanding and lovable colleagues who importantly takes teamwork as an important aspect too. I take it (teamwork) as an important point during work because without it, the outlet will definitely not be able to run smoothly.
What’s your favourite drink at Suzie Wong?
My favourite drink would be the Smoked Old Fashioned. Its flavours really appeal to me.
What’s one of the scariest things you’ve seen behind the scenes?
Many years ago, when I was working in the… I saw a singer of the band get possessed by an entity on stage while performing during peak period. It was one of the scariest moments in my life working in a bar.
The perfect day off would be…
Ice cold beer by the beach with loved ones.
A day in the life of Erik Fiza is…
My motto in life is, “I must do better than I did yesterday”.
What do you do for fun?
Do fun things. LOL. Hang out with my friends and family.
What’s something you’d like guests to know about Suzie Wong?
Our cabaret shows are a hit. Although I work here, but I still like to see the shows (yes, everyday). Also, our cocktails!
What’s your view on the bar scene in Kuala Lumpur?
Keep drinks simple, all that matters is that there’s a drink in your hand!
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I love a good sense of humour! I think it is important to have this trait when one works with the public. Great interview!
That’s one hunky looking guy!