Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published May 7th 2013
Escape the crowds up on the Loof
In the heart of the Colonial District is this oasis of cool. Away from the chains and tourist joints, Loof is a rooftop bar with an inviting atmosphere and great city views.
It's easy to find, just past Raffles City, look for the Odeon Towers sign. Then head up in the lift to the third level. The doors open to an open air lounge bar.
It's a great fit out - hip but laid-back and welcoming at the same time. We opted for the lounges, and settled in. We'd had a long lunch so just nibbled on the bar food.
The crispy whitebait with a cucumber wasabi sauce was tasty and cooked to perfection - not too much batter or too oily, as often is the case. The hoisin duck spring rolls were stuffed with lavish amounts of shredded duck tempered with maitake mushrooms, carrots and served with a plum sauce. New Zealand lamb rack lollipops with Sarawak peppercorn sauce were tender and medium rare, and simply delicious.
As you would expect, there is a large cocktail list, and I can recommend the very refreshing Java Ginger Crush (17 vodka, ginger liqueur, cloudy apple juice, calamansi juice, sliced ginger, topped with ginger beer), on a hot night, it's perfect!
Loof is a civilised place to relax, and has great views of the city - overlooking Raffles. The highlight for me is the very cute Mama shop. A Mama shop is the name given to the traditional convenience stalls, that sold magazines, sundry items and little toys - there's an example at the Singapore Philatetic Museum, and this one is almost identical. It sells very cool knick knacks, as well as the old fashioned toys - marbles, traditional Singaporean games and some very cool notebooks, among other things.
It's one of the Lo & Behold group, so you know the fit out and food will be a certain standard. Perfect spot for a drink after work, or to party late in the night and easy location for tourists to get away from the tourist haunts, while still seeing Singapore in style.