The First Modern American Restaurant and Lounge opens in TREC Kuala Lumpur

March 13, 2018 Kuala Lumpur – Modern American restaurant Drop Bar and Lounge Sdn Bhd (Drop KL) opens today at The Terraces, TREC on 438 Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur following a successful pre-opening launch party that welcomed over 180 invited guests last week.

“The American Association of Malaysia aims to bring a feeling of home away from home to our members, with our American Hospitality styled social events. ?Drop KL does this by offering regional American cuisine, with a modern twist. So no matter where in America you come from, you’ll be sure to find a taste from home,” said Ms. Jill Nanne, President of AAM as she officiated the soft launch.

Drop KL is the latest Modern American casual dining restaurant and lounge to open in KL and offers customers the opportunity to Eat, Drink and Drop at a hip destination in TREC. Malaysians are invited to take “A Journey for the Senses” and taste Modern American slow-cooking methods, molecular beverages and international hospitality standards. Brainchild of Hong Kong-based entrepreneur and renowned music DJ Joel Lai, Certified Sommelier Alison Christ and Executive Chef Tim Jay, the trio helm Drop hospitality group with investments of US$850,000 pledged over the next three years in Malaysia.

There are three different dining and drinking atmospheres at Drop KL; the main Zen-inspired casual dining room with private booths and high tables, a luxe black marble bar and a tropical alfresco area with views over the Royal Selangor Golf Club and KLCC Tower. An expansive yet-to-be-revealed rooftop bar will launch later in the year as part of Drop KL’s phase two. The ambiance has been created by renowned architect and interior designer Tracey Stoute who worked under the late Zaha Hadid and Sir Norman Foster before setting up his own practice, the award-winning Hong Kong firm EightSixThree. The 3,000 sq.ft. Drop KL marks a first in Malaysia for the firm after laying down plans for Drop Hong Kong, Apple, BMW, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier and Zegna among other projects.

“In building a global brand such as Drop, we chose Malaysia as our first overseas outlet due to its location in the region as a hub for business and leisure travellers. We are also impressed by Malaysia’s desire to raise hospitality and tourism standards and are eager to play a part in fulfilling that vision with our friendly and professional team,” said General Manager Alison Christ.

Go Ask Alice, a signature dish at Drop KL


Executive Chef Tim Jay (TJay) presents the art of slow-food cooking and is influenced by European, Asian and Latin American heritage from North America, sourced from the freshest local ingredients from Asia Pacific. “I’ve incorporated flavours from traditional dishes while I was growing up in the US”, said Chef TJay. “The menu is influenced from my travels to the Middle East and Asia with a little homage to my Italian roots.” Chef TJay recommends starting the evening with Drop KL’s house-made flatbreads with toppings such as stewed rabbit, grilled artichokes and Taleggio cheese, or the blue cheese, miso smoked duck and goose foie gras version. Menu highlights include The Real Deal Mac and Cheese – a creamy mainstay with five cheeses, Go Ask Alice – a rabbit stew served with roasted with red peppers in chickpea ‘Sope’ and the Creole Sweet Potato Pie – a medley of seafood ?in sauce nantua and gratineed sweet potatoes and the Japanese Wagyu strip served with Yuzu pickles. All food served is pork-free.



Drop KL offers a comfortable refuge from Jalan Tun Razak’s peak hour. Guests are invited to drop in for a taste of drinks originating from distilleries in all four corners of the globe. The Drop KL Aperitivo Hour from 5pm-8pm offers quality molecular beverages handcrafted by professional barman Tim Clark. For wine connoisseurs, Certified Sommelier Alison Christ has handpicked a selection of natural, biodynamic and organic wines to pair with your dinner.

Drop KL will be open for dinner reservations from Tuesdays through to Saturdays from 5pm – late starting 13 March 2018. Pre-bookings ensure high quality standards as every meal is prepared on-site, and made from the freshest ingredients. The restaurant has a capacity for 100 persons standing and 80 persons seated.



The owners’ vision is to create a Journey for the Senses that brings together good food, quality drinks and great music in order to create the perfect night out when entertaining clients or partying with co-workers, friends or family. Before midnight, the main dining room transforms to serve chilled out tunes, fantastic voyages back to old school disco, or dancers breaking alongside Detroit deep house beats. Drop KL offers room for discovery and creativity as our music and entertainment component will be curated by founder Joel Lai himself, who has decades of experience as one of Asia’s best DJ’s and promoters of quality music.


Start your epic eat.drink.drop. experience at Drop KL. Visit www.dropkl.com or call 603 2110 4343 for table reservations.



Note to editors:

  1. Photo caption: Modern American restaurant Drop KL Soft Launch officiated by President of the American Association of Malaysia – Jill Nanne (far right) and Drop KL General Manager / Certified Sommelier – Alison Christ (second from right) in the company of Mercedes-Benz Stylo AsiaFashionFestival Most Creative Social Media Influencer of the Year 2017 – Dato’ Kee Hua Chee (far left) and Tim Jay or Chef TJay – Drop KL Executive Chef (second from left). (Photo courtesy: DropKL.com)
  2. Interviews on Modern American cuisine can be arranged with spokespersons Ms. Alison Christ GM / Certified Sommelier and Chef Tim Jay, Executive Chef by emailing Jasmine Low on media@dropkl.com.
  3. High resolution photos are available here: http://bit.ly/2p6AMTb

Media inquiries: Jasmine Low or Tom Myers at 603 22820093 or email?press@gointernationalgroup.com

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Fact Sheet


Drop Hong Kong (Drop HK)

Founded by by entrepreneur and DJ Joel Lai and the late actress Collete Koo in 2000, Drop Hong Kong has established itself as one of the leading nightlife destinations in Asia. Located in the Lan Kwai Fong entertainment district, Drop Hong Kong has clinched numerous industry awards and offer celebrity names like Sting & Gwyneth Paltrow a place to call home when in Hong Kong. Drop HK is most proud of its reputation as the home of house music in Hong Kong. Visit www.drop.com.hk for details.


The Terraces, TREC
TREC is Malaysia’s first and only purpose-built, urban F&B, lifestyle and commercial destination. It is the pioneering one-stop integrated entertainment district within Kuala Lumpur’s tourist belt, with a size, design and usability to rival the likes of Hong Kong’s renowned Lan Kwai Fong district, Shanghai’s Xin Tian Di, and Singapore’s Clarke Quay. Built on a 7-acre site located along the bustling Jalan Tun Razak with front-row views of the spectacular greens of the Royal Selangor Golf Club, TREC has an enviable location. The estate has five zones and each has a distinct character, offering an exciting variety of eateries, clubs, bars/pubs, cocktail bars, live music venues and a comedy club. Endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia as a Designated Entertainment Zone under the NKEA EPP 8 programme, TREC is also part of KL’s Master Tourism Plan 2015-2025. Visit www.trec.com.my.


The American Association of Malaysia (AAM)
Since 1965, the AAM has served as a community for American families and friends living in and around Kuala Lumpur. At AAM we have two primary goals: to serve as a social support network for our members and to give back to our local community. We organize numerous social, educational and cultural events for families and adults that help us celebrate what makes us uniquely American and to learn more about Malaysia. AAM also organizes charitable events, drives, and volunteering activities. We believe that while it is important to enjoy our time here in Malaysia, we must also use this opportunity to give something back to the local community.

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