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Drift Dining & Bar


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner

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Modern Australian Dining and Bar located in the heart of KL. Shared dining style similar to a tapas experience. Near the vibrant Changkat Bukit Bintang but nestled away in the lush green back street just behind Hotel Istana. A gem in the city center for lunch, dinner or drinks.
$24 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, European
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Table Service, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Since I normally eat Malay food at home, it has to be something else when in Malaysia! Visited Drift because of recommendations and it’s location (behind Istana hotel). We chose meat platter for starter (excellent), pasta (excellent) and beef (good) for mains, then finished with...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Igithaba
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yesterday, we had an amazing dinner at Drift Dining & Bar. For starters we had the sweet potato gnocchi, the salmon and the mushroom/truffle arancini. For mains we had the black agnus and the pork ribs. All 5 dishes were FANTASTIC! The cheesecake afterwards was...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank 285julieb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner made reservations for us to dine at Drift's. The restaurant is located by the road, right round the corner from the busy, more happening Changkat stretch. Parking is available, at a very reasonable hourly rate beginning at RM3, at the basement of the...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Thogaivignavani
Reviewed May 19, 2019

Make sure to visit! The atmosphere is quaint yet lively, friendly, and warm. The food was excellent! We had the Beetroot salad, French fries, a steak with potatoes, and the Barrmundi fish with fresh vegetables. Everything was fresh and flavorful. The staff was especially friendly...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank ECExpatLife
Reviewed April 27, 2019

We dropped by for a drink at lunchtime as we were staying in the nearby Hotel Istana. A lovely modern upmarket bar with outside seating (facing the Istana, so not particularly scenic). As usual, food prices quite reasonable but beer prices not reasonable. We paid...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Kathryn D
Reviewed April 22, 2019

I have heard so much about that place that I guess my expectations were too sky high... It is an ok place, the food is definitely nice, the atmosphere and deco has nothing really special to it and the service is just alright...

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Liz-Merican
Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

This was a busy little place, being a kiwi who’s worked in hospitality I was expecting A lot. The service at the start from a young man was really good, he was polite and a keen worker. He took our drinks and food order. Our...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Georgia B
Reviewed March 22, 2019 via mobile

We had the most DELICIOUS dinner tonight at Drift! My husband rated it the best food in KL! Have lived here for over a year so I think that’s a pretty good rating! It really was amazing flavors. The arancini, the polenta, barramundi & CAULIFLOWER!!!...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Julesratas
Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

Working in Kuala Lumpur is very tiring: hot, noisy, busy, raining and more but if you’re staying at one of the nearby places, at the end of a long day you can’t do better than hop down the road for a nice cold beer- contemplate...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank TouristMPO
Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

Ordered the fettuccine pesto and baby pork ribs. It was delicious! The pesto was perfect and the pork ribs were tender and very tasty.

Date of visit: March 2019
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January 30, 2019|
Response from Thogaivignavani | Reviewed this property |
On the menu, it is stated that the beef served is grain-fed
January 16, 2018|
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Response from Colin A | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I saw a chair there but you. might want to reserve it. Lots of expats use the restaurant and many have babies
September 24, 2017|
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Response from Melaniekm1 | Property representative |
The steak is awesome :) One of the top sellers.
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