It has only been a couple of months since Ruyi & Lyn started operations, but already the multi-faceted hotspot is making waves in town.
Having explored the place, it was clear to us that Ruyi & Lyn is the result of an ambitious vision. It could be a lounge, a speakeasy, a cigar room, a restaurant or your personal karaoke joint – there is something for everyone in this sprawling venue on the top floor of Bangsar Shopping Centre.
‘Ruyi’, the modern Chinese restaurant seating up to 450 people comes with a runway, perfect for making diners feel like a million dollars just walking to their tables. It is transformed into a dancing heaven later at night, with a well-equipped DJ booth at a corner. Private rooms are available for those who prefer quieter dining experiences.
‘Lyn’ the lounge is the namesake of Lyn Siew, the young co-founder of Ruyi & Lyn. Plush, comfortable sofas dot the cigar room and lounge, perfect for get-togethers and tete-a-tete. Those who are old enough may get a feel of the old Bliss Lounge @ Twelve SI.
Drinks selection seems well-thought out; very decent with hints of quirkiness in line with Ruyi & Lyn’s direction. We started with (many) Whiskey Sour, lined with foamy egg white, setting a pleasant tone for the rest of the evening.
Lyn’s Signature, an aspiring cocktail is a concoction of gin, pineapple puree, spiced syrup and fresh basil. The surprise winner turned out to the the Spiced Caipirinha: cachaca, lemon juice and syrup with a cinnamon stick that brings forth all cosy Christmas feels. It took a while to warm up to this drink, and after we did, we very much enjoyed it.
The star of the food menu? Ruyi’s Sushi (RM43), of course! A sampler platter of Hainanese chicken rice, nasi lemak and mango sticky rice carefully prepared in sushi form. Ruyi’s Sushi has been well-documented on local social media sites; who can resist snapping this genius dish to share with your friends?
But does it taste good? Happily, yes! The Hainanese chicken rice is deceptively flavourful, topped with a dollop of chilli sauce with ginger and garlic. If I could ask more from this, I would have asked for more of the chilli sauce.
The nasi lemak is an ensemble of rice cooked in coconut milk, fried ikan bilis, peanuts, sambal and the smallest fried eggs, wrapped in a thin slice of cool cucumber. The Thai mango sticky rice completed the sampler platter with a sweet ending.
I’d say that this is a definite must-try at Ruyi & Lyn!
More specials: Smoked Little Duck Cones (RM33), a crispy pastry cone bursting with smoked duck, sweet corn, pine nuts, water chestnut and edamame.
Eureka Green Tea Rice (RM48): crispy rice pops with seafood, served in a rich green tea broth. Feel the rice pop in your mouth with this interesting take on Ochazuke.
Pokemon’s Prawns (RM63): large prawns deep-fried with wasabi mayonaise, mango and ebiko. I found this very enjoyable, the spicy stingy wasabi paste complementing the crunchy prawns.
“But why the name Pokemon Prawns?” I asked, “What has it got to do with Pokemon?”
Lyn replied sheepishly, “Well, I thought Pikachu was green…”
All these innovative dishes were created by local boy Chef James Ho who honed his modern Chinese cuisine skills in Singapore, Thailand, India and China. The food menu is extensive, all prices come with 6% GST.
Ruyi & Lyn serves pork-free food. Check them out on their Facebook page: RuyiLyn.
Ruyi & Lyn
4th Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-2083 0288
Opens daily from 12-3pm and 6pm-2am.