Sunday, May 28, 2017

Drift Dining & Bar, Kuala Lumpur - Modern Australian Cuisine

Changkat Bukit Bintang is an area we rarely venture to since our return to Malaysia in 2008. We recently discovered Drift Dining & Bar, a modern Australian restaurant and bar which has been around since 2015. Owned by Aussie expat (also an ex-sommelier), Robert Gilliland, the menu at Drift is influenced by a combination of many cultures, with a focus on quality produce.

Drift - "a slow continuous movement with friends from one flavour to the next"..

There is more to Drift Dining & Bar that meets the eye. Come sunset hour, Drift comes alive and patrons are spoilt with an extensive handpicked wine and cocktail list. Drift also often has wine tastings/events to entertain its patrons and keep the scene interesting.

We sampled several items off its a la carte menu as well as from their newly launched Weekend Brunch menu during our visit. They also offer an affordable lunch menu daily, with prices starting from RM19. Every first Sunday of the month, there will be a Boozy Brunch (free flow food and alcohol from 12-4pm) and they also offer Burgers and Beers on the last Sunday of the month, with beer prices starting from RM12 all day.

What better way to start your weekend than with a fantastic eggy brunch. The Eggs Benedict features two beautifully poached eggs, with asparagus, Hollandaise sauce and PORK bacon. There's nothing more pleasurable than cutting through a poached egg and watching the yolk run out. So good!

We loved the Steamed Manila Clams (RM36), a generous portion of clams cooked in a creamy garlic and saffron sauce, and topped with Serrano ham. The clams were fresh and pretty meaty, a must-order for seafood lovers.

The highlight of our meal was this glorious steak platter, 250g of Australian Black Angus striploin (RM115), grilled and sliced. It was tender, juicy and most importantly well-seasoned, a basic thing which many restaurants fail to do these days. The steak was served with these really awesome roasted Australian chat potatoes.... the skin was crispy and the inside fluffy.... absolutely delicious!

Fresh salads are a big part of Australian cuisine. From the lunch menu, We sampled the Fennel, Crab, Green Apple and Orange Salad (RM25) with wasabi mayo dressing, a well-thought out and very tasty salad. A salad I'd happily eat any day. The lunch menu items come with a complimentary iced lemon tea as well.

Lunch Menu

We finished the meal nicely with the Cinnamon spiced Spanish doughnuts served with caramel and Drift strawberry jam (RM24). Crisp and light, dip your churros into either or both of the sauces and enjoy!

A la carte dinner menu

Opening times: Sun - Thurs 12pm - 1am; Fri & Sat 12pm - 3am.

Location: Drift Dining & Bar, 38 Jalan Bedara, Ground Floor Bidara Condo, Off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (You can park at Bidara Condo parking, or at Hotel Istana or at One Residency)

Tel: 03-2110 2079


GPS Coordinates: 3.148800, 101.709782

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hotel Review: Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel - New Deluxe Rooms

Understanding the need to stay relevant in the competitive KL hotel industry, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel recently unveiled it first batch of completely restyled West Wing Deluxe guest rooms. Whether you're here for a weekend getaway, family staycation or for business, this 5-star luxury hotel located in the heart of the Golden Triangle is sure to impress.

The restyled rooms feature a modern, contemporary design, with sizes ranging from 40 sqm. To our delight, we were allocated a corner room, which is much larger than the regular Deluxe rooms. We immediately fell in love with the sleek interior in the well-appointed room. Taking on a neutral colour palette, the ergonomically designed room is fitted with reengineered wood flooring, and a day bed (which converts into an extra bed). Not forgetting the king-sized bed which comes with Marriott's Plush Bedding with topper and rich linen - contributing to a really good night's sleep.

Sofa bed

Baby D "chup" the sofa bed right away ;)

Furthermore, our room boasted a fantastic view, overlooking the pool area.

One of the reasons to get the corner Deluxe room is the cool revolving television (only available in these rooms). Yup, you can rotate the Samsung 48" full HD Smart TV (with kids channel) so that you can watch TV in bed or while relaxing at the sofa area. Click here to watch a short video of the room.

The reconfigured bathroom offers guests greater space and is installed with 4 bay bathroom fixtures with rain shower. There is also a bathtub in the bathroom, which for us is a huge plus point.

The New Deluxe rooms are also equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine for guests to enjoy, as well as complimentary WiFi in all rooms and common areas.

The pool area is located on Level 4 of the hotel, and features a children's pool, as well as an Olympic-sized pool (depth 1.2m) and a children's pool (0.6m). The pool area is beautifully landscaped, with tall palm trees providing shade and substantial lounge chairs for hotel guests. We even bumped into a certain famous star from the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians movie at the pool area.

Our kids had fun splashing in the pool and we also partook in the weekend grill, and enjoyed some beef sliders and grilled fish by the pool.

There is also a 24-hour 1300 sqm, well-equipped Fitness Centre. If you're looking for rejuvenation, pay a visit to Mandara Spa, a luxurious urban retreat located on Level 3 at the East Wing. The Spa Menu offers a range of treatments incorporating the wisdom of ancient cultures with the latest Spa science from Elemis spa-therapies. I had the pleasure of experiencing their bestselling massage, the Balinese Massage and it was an amazingly invigorating experience. Read more about my experience here.

Breakfast is served daily at TEMPTations, the hotel's all day dining restaurant. Being one of the largest hotels in KL with 910-rooms, breakfast time is extremely busy and crowded, however we were impressed with how well-organised and how quickly the spread gets replenished for hotel guests. Other than breakfast, TEMPTations also offers buffet lunch and dinner, as well as an a la carte menu, showcasing inventive Asian-fusion specialties and local favorites.

The award-winning Dynasty Restaurant is now pork-free but still offers innovative and authentic Cantonese delicacies. Diners can choose from a wide range of appetizers, barbecued and roasted meats, soups, live seafood and a variety of claypot dishes as well as dim sum served daily, while dining to a view of the Petronas Twin Towers. Read more about Dynasty Restaurant here.

Room rates for the New Deluxe rooms in the West Wing starts from RM357 per night. Check in time 3pm, check out time 12 noon.

Location: Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail & Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2162 2233


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