Review: Drop Exchange, Mont Kiara

Friday, October 19, 2018

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It may have been a while since my last review, but don’t take it to mean that I haven’t been having wonderful meals. Although blogs have certainly died down in the last couple of years in favour of Instagram and other microblogging sites, when it comes to choosing a place for good food, I still turn to blogs for a little more detail because Instagram is good for telling you what looks good, but perhaps not too reliable for telling you what tastes good. So, here I am trying to do a little more blogging before the year ends.


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Today’s star of the show is Drop Exchange, a pork-free restaurant serving North Indian and Persian cuisine, while branding itself as the first Wall-Street themed bar and restaurant in KL. Wall-Street how, exactly? When ordering drinks, expect the prices to fluctuate (not drastically, I don’t think) depending on when you’re ordering, reminiscent of a stock exchange board that doesn’t quite close. Hmm. I can’t tell you what that experience’s like as we ordered from the Happy Hour menu, but if novelty’s your cup of tea, then you’d want to check this out. I suppose if you’re lucky, there’s a chance you’ll end up getting a very good deal.


Besides that, nothing else was distinctly Wall Street-like to me. Split into two floors, you’re closer to the bar downstairs and you’d get a little more privacy upstairs. Not too out-of-place for a fairly nice date or dinner and drinks with friends/colleagues.


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Second floor gives you a stalker pretty view of the meals the folks downstairs are having, which could prove useful when trying to decide what to eat.

Tell me about the food.. 

I was in the mood for some bread and curries and thinking of Flour (reviewed here!) so we found ourselves at Drop Exchange. There weren’t that many reviews online so we honestly wasn’t expecting much, but was so pleasantly surprised by how delicious our orders turned out to be. 


We ordered the mutton Rogan Josh and mutton Bhuna with a side of garlic naan, butter rumali and cheese naan, and boy oh boy, those flavours were incredible. Although visually similar, both curries stood out in their own delectable way, and unlike some places which stuff their curries with potatoes and onions, we got a generous portion of mutton in each bowl.


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Mutton Rogan Josh and mutton Bhuna. Honestly, don’t know which is which in this picture.


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Although I found the dishes fantastic, if I had to be nitpicky, I’d say that the tenderness of the mutton in the Rogan Josh was not replicated in the Bhuna and there’s just a little bit more jaw work to put in depending on which piece we ate. I don’t know if this is a consistency issue, but it’s minor and I’d certainly return anyway.


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Garlic naan on the left, butter rumali on the right.


Always a fan of well-made naan, I thoroughly enjoyed the garlic one, which in my view, was in a class of its own. The naan arrived to our table in its hot garlicky splendour, miraculously crisp and fluffy at the same time. Freshly-made rumali is pretty new to me as I’ve only ever had some served cold/stale with texture like thin cardboard. This was fluffy and served piping hot, a much better reintroduction to a bread that is such a predominant feature in Indian cuisine.


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Here’s a close-up of the Great Deliciousness.


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Here, have one! You’ll love it!


Greedy for more, I asked for an order of cheese naan, which unfortunately, was the disappointing call of the night. The cheese they used was simply a slice of processed cheese, not melted long enough, not distributed evenly, and although still useful as a curry vessel, you’re better off ordering a cheaper, yummier naan from your neighbourhood mamak.


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Was hoping for a cheese pull here, but alas all the cheese had pooled together on a different piece.

Minding Money Tips

Now, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t gonna help share some kind of discount/promotion.


You can use Offpeak to make a booking with up to 30% off, depending on when you go. Though I do think you have to book at least an hour in advance in order to benefit from the discount! Free to use and one of my favourite apps.


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Alternatively, if you have the Entertainer app which I absolutely love using, you could get two main dishes for the price of one! It’s basically a yearly coupon subscription, and when I used it for this meal, excluding drinks, it totalled to RM51.50 for the two curries and three servings of bread.


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Now go forth and have some curries!

1 comment on "Review: Drop Exchange, Mont Kiara"
  1. Naan are my favorite thing to eat! Thank you for the review! It's making me hungry at this hour :P

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