We’ve all seen iconic photos of Loof’s neon signages, quirky interior, and locally-inspired trinkets. This time, the proudly local rooftop bar has outdone themselves with a revamped Singaporean-inspired food and drinks menu by Chef Bjorn Shen, fondly recognized for his masterful “dude food” creations. This menu is no different, worthy of your most gaolat (Singaporean slang for “powerful”) foodie.
Think locally inspired creations. We’re talking bak chor mee (Singaporean style minced meat noodles) sandwiches, kaya (coconut jam) cocktails, and chili crab fries.
Paying homage to the local community and culture, Chef Bjorn Shen (chef-patron of Artichoke and Bird Bird) has joined hands with Group Bar Mentor Julian Serna to bring us a delightful mishmash of all things Singaporean.
For bak chor mee, Chef Bjorn has managed to modernize this well-loved local noodle dish into a sourdough toastie. An undisputed star of the menu, the B.C.M. grilled cheese ($18) brims dutifully with melting cheese, pork mince and juicy mushrooms, irresistibly turning sweet and savory in all the right spots.
Gleaming in the light is the bacon lollipop ($16), succulent chunks of salt-cured pancetta glazed in maple syrup, topped off with groundnuts and pho herbs that add crunch and flavor. Its contrasting mix of salty, sweet and sour makes our mouth water.
A house signature is the chili crab fries ($15) – no surprise there. Its signature sweet-spicy chili crab sauce cuddles with chunks of blue crab alongside waffle fries, offering a tangy spicy burst of flavor that’s bound to perk up tastebuds.
For more substantial bites, opt for The Pork Chopper ($19) or Loof Original Ramly ($23), both of which could do no harm.
Nibbles aside, let’s not forget their cocktails. After all, this is one sidekick that just might steal the limelight. We were recommended Kaya Lumpur ($19) – a refreshing blend of pineapple rum, citrus, soda, house bitters, fresh Thai basil, and, that’s right, kaya. The result is a tropically sweet and sour rich concoction harboring a mildly sandy, textured finish of kaya, reminiscent of the good ol’ days when we used to have kaya toast for breakfast at the kopitiam (local Singaporean coffeeshop) down the road. We truly appreciate its Singaporean flair, and how delicious it is!
It won’t matter whether you’re a chocolate lover. The rum-based Stylo Milo ($19) is a top hit. Spice rum, Milo, roselle, and hazelnut oil, orange, and vanilla make for a delightfully easy-drinking cocktail. The same can be said of Little Pink Dot ($19), consisting of marshmallow fin, mandarin rice wine, dark plum, orange, pink grapefruit, egg white, and lavender bitters – floral, sweet and bright.
With this quirky menu launch, Loof has truly become the epitome of Singapore’s locally inspired joints. It’s safe to say, we’re on the edge of our seats waiting to see (and taste) what the Lo & Behold Group will be coming up with. We can be sure it will not be a let down.
Loof, 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07, Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, 6337-9416. Open Mondays to Thursdays 5:00pm – 1:00am, Fridays to Saturdays 5:00pm – 2:00am.