AsiAn From Above
Savour the best of Asian delicacies with a magnificent view of Seminyak at Above Rooftop Lounge & Bar.
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.
Dragon Lychee, Mule Above & Lychee Delight