AsiAn From Above

Savour the best of Asian del­i­ca­cies with a mag­nif­i­cent view of Seminyak at Above Rooftop Lounge & Bar.

Exquisite Taste - - Gourmet | Bali - By Runi In­drani

On an is­land where toes-in-the­sand beach clubs are all the rage, Above Rooftop Lounge & Bar brings some­thing dif­fer­ent to Bali's din­ing scene. Lo­cated on the sixth floor of Four Points by Sher­a­ton Bali, Seminyak, Above of­fers el­e­vated views of the ever-hap­pen­ing neigh­bour­hood of Seminyak and the serene ocean in the back­ground – per­fect to en­joy the mag­i­cal sun­set hour from, well, above.

The newly re­vamped Above boasts ca­sual-chic am­bi­ence with a soft blend of

colours and stylishly eclec­tic fur­nish­ing. The show­pieces of the venue will get your im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion: two mu­rals of an Asian-Dutch lady wear­ing Ba­li­nese head­gear and Chi­nese dress that will def­i­nitely be­come the lat­est photo-op spots of the area. The mu­rals are the work of YOKII, a famed Bali-based artist who's known for his con­tem­po­rary art, and ti­tled The Putri Ki­pas Emas and

The Putri Da­mai. The jux­ta­po­si­tion of dif­fer­ent cul­tures in the art­works ac­tu­ally rep­re­sents the de­lec­ta­ble dishes wait­ing to be savoured here.

Helm­ing the kitchen is Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Wi­weko El­nanto – bet­ter known as

Koko, who has had his share of stints at pres­ti­gious prop­er­ties in many Asian coun­tries, ev­i­dent from the va­ri­ety of Asian del­i­ca­cies on the menu. In­done­sian flavours can be found in dishes like tuna sam­bal matah, gado, sa­tay pizza, otak-otak, tahu ISSI, dadar ja­gung, gu­lai kamb­ing, ayam be­tutu, ren­dang iga and many more. If you're in the mood for some Thai tastes, the yam salmon or som tam salad gives a re­fresh­ing kick to en­tice your palate. Other de­lights in­clude Ko­rean bul­gogi burger, Viet­namese banh mi sand­wich, Ja­panese gin­dara meshi and more.

The key to savour­ing the wide va­ri­ety of cui­sine is bring­ing a group of loved ones, so that you can share and taste as many dishes as pos­si­ble. Some of the note­wor­thy high­lights are the yan nuea – the au­then­tic Thai beef salad with egg­plant, cu­cum­ber and nam jim, and the suc­cu­lent Thai-style BBQ pork ribs served with grilled corn, yucca fries and mixed greens.

The fu­sion of culi­nary cul­tures is also seen in the bev­er­age menu, which takes pride in its se­lec­tion of sig­na­ture cock­tails. Above works with one of the most rep­utable and well-known groups of bev­er­age ex­perts on the is­land, work­ing to de­velop the cock­tail culture at the venue. The Mule Above gives a Mediter­ranean twist to the clas­sic cock­tail cre­ated in the Lit­tle Moscow, Man­hat­tan, with Above's sig­na­ture home­made gin­ger beer. The Kyuri Mai Tai, on the other hand, is con­cocted to sat­isfy the drinker's palate, en­hanc­ing the orig­i­nal flavour with the fra­grant home­made kyuri orgeat syrup. The Pas­sion Collins is a play on clas­sic in­gre­di­ents that blends Euro­pean with trop­i­cal In­done­sian flavours. Also out­stand­ing is the raisin mo­jito, in­spired by the chef's old man who used to break his fast by hav­ing raisins. Choose one – or two, or more! – of the po­tent sig­na­ture cock­tails and lose track of time bask­ing in the sur­round­ing view.

Fur­ther­more, Above Rooftop Lounge & Bar has in­ter­est­ing themed din­ing of­fers like Asian Curry Wed­nes­day from 12pm till 12am, daily Crazy Hours where you can get spe­cial deals on beer, wine and cock­tails, daily Sun­set Af­ter­noon Tea from 5pm till 7pm, Mon­day Skewer from 6pm to 9.30pm and you def­i­nitely don't want to miss Jazzy Fri­day. This monthly event is held ev­ery last Fri­day of the month with a tal­ented acid and funky jazz line-up.

Asian-style skew­ers

Dragon Ly­chee, Mule Above & Ly­chee De­light

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