‘The highest rooftop bar in Kuala Lumpur’
Words: Tania Henry Photos: Monica Tindall
Kanye West’s song ‘All of Lights’ instantly came to mind when I thought back to my experience of the ultra cool and swanky bar, Vertigo, 59 levels high in the sky. Vertigo is one of four food and beverage outlets within the newly opened Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur. With a 280 degree balcony wrapping around the rooftop, there is not a bad seat in the house and as the word gets out about this uninterrupted view of KL’s skyline, it has already become the place to dazzle visitors, friends and dates.
Drinks Menu Vertigo Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
To go with the killer view the drinks menu at Vertigo had a great selection of imported wines, beer, spirits and a cocktail list that focused on quality versus quantity. In my opinion every sunset needs a cocktail so we started off with the Hazelnut (RM45), a refreshing, smooth and nutty concoction of Kraken spiced rum, Frangelico, gula melaka, Monin coco and fresh lime.
For our next potion, the Marie Antoinette (RM45) was just like the fine lady herself; bold, sweet and pretty. It tickled my taste buds with a combination of Drappier Champagne, Cassis de Bourgogne, blueberries and a sprig of fresh thyme.
Pandan Love (RM45) moved us away from 18th century France to modern day Kuala Lumpur. This cocktail combined Stolichnaya vodka, lychee juice, pandan and peach syrup creating a smooth, sweet blend with hints of vanilla.
From cocktails to ales and over to vino we sampled them all which was easy to do when the wine comes in so many sizes – ½ glass, full glass, carafe and bottle! We tasted an Australian full-bodied yet refreshingly bitter Little Creatures Pale Ale (RM50), an easy to drink, crisp Chardonnay Viognier (RM36) from Southern Rhone in France, a well as a flute of Drappier Champagne (RM98) with a lovely complexity, rich fruity aromas and endings of quince jelly. As the music stepped up a notch and the city below appeared to be coming alive we ordered a glass of red. What started off as a glass soon became a bottle of the 2014 Pinot Noir Wairau River (RM307 per bottle). This drop from the Marlborough region, New Zealand, encompasses what I love about red wine; solidly built, with sweet fruity and jasmine notes, gaining richness with each glass and balanced off with a warm cinnamon spice and oak undertones.
Food Menu Vertigo Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
Vertigo also has a food menu with a mix of classic and contemporary plates to share. The highlights for me were the Spiced Roasted Gaucho Steak Skewers (RM42) featuring chunks of grilled beef, flamed capsicum and onion together with chimichurri and fresh guacamole; the Classic Beef Sliders (RM38) with hand-cut potato fries; and my favourite, the Australian Saltbush Outback Minced Lamb Soft Roll (RM34), which was a tasty lamb kofta with a tzatziki dip and soft bread roll to soak up the juices from the lamb.
Reasons to visit Vertigo Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur: A breathtaking and uninterrupted view of the KL city skyline including both the KL and Petronas Towers; a cocktail menu that focuses on quality rather than quantity; a swanky ambience to dazzle out of town visitors, friends or a date.
Level 59 Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
2 Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Vertigo Opening Hours: Daily 5.30pm to 1.00am