The gastrobar is just as well-known for its food as it is for its novel stock market concept.
Situated in a prime location in Solaris Mont Kiara, Drop Exchange sets itself apart from the saturation of watering holes in the area with its unique approach to ordering drinks – a la stock market. Inspired by the trading concept of wall street, the gastrolounge allows you to get your drink at a lower price – when the demand for it is low, of course. Simply check the price fluctuations via the official Drop Exchange app downloadable from both Google Play and App Store and place your orders there.
The unpredictable fluctuation of the stock market is also where the bistro gets its name from – ‘drop’ refers to both the drop in the stock exchange market as well as drop of whisky. Drop Exchange takes much pride in its drink offerings as well, boasting a robust selection of handpicked bourbon and whisky that are the best of their class.
The attention to detail is also reflected in the gastrobar’s extensive menu of Persian and Indian food. Curated by Chef Vipin Singh Rana of Uttarakhand and Drop Exchange’s founder Payal Gautam, the menu takes customers on a culinary journey to North India and ancient Persia, with recipes that are kept as authentic as possible. The cosy dining area is separated upstairs but customers are also free to eat at the the bar area downstairs for a more casual ambience.
Although North Indian restaurants are aplenty in the Klang Valley, Drop Exchange distinguishes itself from the pack with the addition of Persian favourites in the menu. Combined with Chef Vipin’s far-reaching experience working in five-star hotels and immense knowledge of the subcontinent’s spices, the gastrobar excels when it comes to the food.
To help you with ordering, here are 5 of our favourites off the Drop Exchange menu.
A cutlet variety, the cutlis is essentially a plate of vegetable cutlets stuffed with fresh green coconut chutney. Vegetable cutlets are quite popular in India, especially among vegetarians for offering a crispy alternative. Although the filling of the vegetable cutlet is usually a combination of mashed potatoes, onion, and spices, the cutlis features add homemade green coconut chutney to the mix.
A favourite amongst customers from the Barbites category, the Gallouti Kebab has two components – minced mutton shaped to a thin patty and toasted, and placed on top of a miniature Rumali bread. The highlight of the mutton patty is the process of making it, when the mutton is pre-marinated before being minced and toasted. The Rumali bread, on the other hand, complements the meat perfectly, and is made from wheat flour mixed with sugar, egg, milk, and salt.
Salli Na Margi
A Persian entry in the menu, Salli Na Margi is a thick chicken curry topped with potato salli – a sev-like snack that requires the removal of starch from potatoes with alum, half cooking them once cut into fingers, followed by sun-drying, and then deep-frying them for a crisp texture like no other. Served with homemade soft bun.
This signature mutton dish at Drop Exchange recently won the Diners Choice Award for the Most Outstanding Main Course at the Malaysian International Gastronomy Festival 2018. Cooked the Kashmiri way in shallot yoghurt and fragrant spices, the tender meat falls off the bone effortlessly and its rich flavour is perfectly complemented by Steamed Basmathi Rice.
The popular frozen dairy dessert here is made from condensed cow’s milk blended with cold water, pistachio nut, and almond. It melts fast because it’s made in-house so slurp slurp!
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K-G-3, Solaris Mont Kiara No 2,
Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Monday – Wednesday 11.30am – 1am
Thursday – Friday 11.30am – 2am
Saturday 5pm – 2am
Sunday 5pm – 12am
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