Monday 25 April 2016

Lin"林" Rooftop Bar – Chilling out in Tiong Bahru [MEDIA INVITE]

Lin"" Rooftop Bar

Lin is a contemporary Asian Alfresco Rooftop bar located in the heart of Tiong Bahru. From the top of the Link Hotel rooftop, you will have a very good view one of the oldest estates in Singapore. A neighbourhood with its own characters while the rest of the area has given way to the modern developments.

The Entrance

The name Lin <> short for 'Shu Lin' which means forest in Mandarin. Align with the name, the bar is decorated in forest theme like. Surrounded with trees, complementing the Asian theme seating and statues. The standout item on the menu are Authentic Asian infused cocktails, delicious Asian bar snacks on top of the range of whiskeys and other drinks.

The Bar

My pre-dinner drink started with Mocktail, off the menu. Tea infused with pandan leaves and lemongrass. Served with a dash of gula melaka and mint leaves. The sweetness is very subtle allowing the Asian flavours of pandan leave and lemongrass to shine. The refreshing mint leaves really give you a wow feel to the drink. Kudos to Roy (Lin's Manager).

Off the Menu Mocktails -
Tea infused with pandan leaves and lemongrass

For Cocktail, my dinner companion for the night Ai Ling (Purple Taste) Rustic Sky ($18) – Rum, Sour Plum and Lime Juice. Quoting her, “I like sour plum, so quite liked the Rustic Sky Cocktails... Not strong on the onset, but gradually hits you when it was almost towards the end of the glass”.

Rustic Sky Cocktail

Following the drinks are the Asian inspired Tapas. Lin"" Dynasty ($10.80) & Wu Xiang Pop ($9.80). Lin Dynasty is Luncheon meat covered with cheese and coated with beer batter. The result is irresistible and leaving spam fries in the dust. Crispy batter, chewy cheese and neutralised the salty flavour of the spam is truly a must try tapas here.

Lin"" Dynasty

Wu Xiang Pop is Lin version of pop corn chicken. Seasoned with wu xiang (five spice powder) and fried to point of crispiness. It was left a bit too long in the fryer, resulting a darker texture. The sriracha sauce provided a spicy kick to the dish.

Wu Xiang Pop

The staple food in a bar, burger. Juicy Lucy Beef Burger ($18.80). The size of the homemade burger is very decent. Served with a plate full coleslaw and fries spiced with five spice powder. The burger size is pretty decent, the meat is juicy and well-combined with caramelized onions and streaky bacon.

Juicy Lucy Beef Burger

Unfortunately, I find the burger missing the meaty and beefy taste due to too much salt, while the fries is crispy, I can hardly detect the five spice powder seasoning. It can easily be mistaken for cajun fries instead.

Juicy Lucy Beef Burger - Half

Asian Smoked Duck Pasta ($14.80). An Asian style pasta that can be mistaken for fried noodle. The spaghetti is al-dente, coated with black pepper and mushrooms. The sliced smoked duck proportion is very generous, however I do not feel the marriage between the duck and the pasta.

Asian Smoked Duck Pasta 

There was an interesting dish on the menu called “Babe”. Unfortunately, this marinated pork belly has gone “POOF” for the day, so hopefully I get to taste when I am here next time.

Part of the seating area

Overall, Lin provide a unique chill out experience. The tapas and drinks are the highlights here, especially those with Asian Inspired theme. Definitely a good place to hang out. My pick for the food here is the Lin"" Dynasty and their Asian tea mocktails. So if you around Tiong Bahru, drop by at LIN "" Rooftop Bar. Cheers!!

Thanks to the team at Insurgence and Lin"" Rooftop Bar for the tasting invitation.

Food: 6.75/10; Drinks: 8.5 / 10
Value: 7/10
Service: n/a (tasting invitation)
Ambiance: 8/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25; $26 - 50

Lin"" Rooftop Bar
50 Tiong Bahru Road
Link Hotel Rooftop
Singapore 168733

T: +65 9487 4290
IG: @linrooftopbar
Mon – Sat: 17.00 – 01.00
Closed on Sunday

Menu and promotion available online. 

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