Three's not a crowd at Troika Sky Dining, where Italian establishment Strato & wine bar Claret have blossomed this month, combining forces with avant-garde restaurant Cantaloupe to form a triumphant triumvirate on The Troika's 24th floor.
Claret: Elegant & elevated, intimate & inviting, comely & comfortable for after-work soirees; expect this bar to soon be bustling every evening.
Strato opens for dinner for now, but call before coming, since renovations remain incomplete.
Cruising over to Claret, where Dutchman Rick is the young & dangerous bartender, whipping up cocktails on demand with his arsenal of alcohol.
Herbal Hendrick's (RM36++): Gin, cointreau, egg white, maraschino liquor & thyme.
Valentine's Vow (RM48++): Prosecco, fresh raspberries & lemon juice.
Milky Way (RM33++): Cruzan rum, vanilla, cinnamon, milk & frangelico hazelnut liquor.
The Last Word (RM36++): Gin, green chartreuse & lime juice.
Scarlet Fever (RM33++): Grapefruit, creme de cassis, gin & mint.
Claret's wine collection represents international producers known & trusted by the bar's owners.
Sip sweetly on Late Harvest (RM140++) as midnight falls; latecomers will be heartened to hear that Claret opens 5pm through at least 1am everyday.
With a piano by the side, Claret's owners & their friends might regale customers some nights ...
... with Barbra-to-Bette renditions of everything from "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" to "The Rose."
Strato Italian restaurant & Claret wine bar,
Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, Persiaran KLCC, Lorong Binjai, Kuala Lumpur.