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Restaurant Ruyi & Lyn

Ruyi & Lyn

Restaurant, $$, Chinese, Bangsar
This swanky restaurant cum bar and lounge has created waves with its bold, eclectic Pan-Asian cuisine, ritzy ambience and inventive mixologists.
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  • ReservationYes
  • Private RoomYes
  • Accept Credit CardYes
  • Dress CodeSmart Casual
  • Bring Your Own BottleNo
  • BuffetNo
  • Car ValetYes

Review

SETTING

Designed to stand out in today’s crowded dining scene, Ruyi & Lyn redefines the ‘eat, drink and make merry’ concept with a cavernous, eclectic space showcasing Pan-Asian cuisine and inventive bar mixology. Upon stepping into the dark, discreetly lit interior and beyond the outer bar and lounge with a modern wine display, the restaurant looks deceptively cosy until you discover the dramatic expanse of its main dining area that doubles up as a multi-concept space for weddings, private parties and launch events. Also on premise is a cigar lounge, five private dining rooms and an outdoor terrace.

FOOD

Ruyi’s sushi, a whimsical house specialty concocted by executive chef James Ho, lives up to its hype both taste-wise and looks-wise. Instead of raw fish atop vinegared rice balls, the distinctive trio of sushi-like morsels feature Hainanese chicken rice, nasi lemak and mango sticky rice.

Tongue-in-cheek names coupled with bold combinations of ingredients and quirky food presentation makes dining an entertaining affair here; as exemplified by Pandora’s Balls, lollipops of rich foie gras covered in chocolate crust with salted egg wisps; and Duck Pagoda Dreams, smoked duck breast slices meticulously wound and stacked to resemble mini pagodas. The signature crab curry rice proves to be an on-point palate-pleaser; the rice with diced seafood delectably rich with the creaminess of coconut milk and aromatic Indian spices comes through nicely. Bliss is certainly the word to describe the Blissful Scallop, entailing scallops and pumpkin wedges in crisp, golden batter served with a liberal sprinkling of chicken floss.

A good sweet ending here would be the passionfruit panna cotta with its refreshing tanginess and minimalist presentation. The twisted banofee is a deconstructed version of banofee pie and is another noteworthy dessert.

DRINKS

The beverages are given as much thought as the food here. Procured from different corners of the world, the wines are sold by per bottle basis, priced from RM150 onwards. We highly recommend sampling the resident mixologists’ creative handiwork at the bar as the house cocktails capture the imagination with its inventive concoctions and unusual presentation.

SERVICE

The manager who attended to us was well-versed with the entire menu, spurring us to trust his recommended selection of house specialities and regular dishes for our dining party. He is amply supported by a team of personable service staff who kept a close eye on proceedings throughout; each lightning-fast and responsive to diners’ needs. They also ensured tea cups were judiciously refilled whilst empty or used tableware whisked away without fuss. Coupled with the well-paced flow of dishes appearing at our table, we had an enjoyable time savouring each speciality to its fullest.

PRICE

Our bill for three persons totalled RM510, inclusive of two cocktails. Great value set meals are available from RM98 per person onwards (minimum 2 per table). The omakase promotion on Sundays, priced at RM50 per person enables each customer to enjoy four specially crafted cocktails to the accompaniment of light bites and snacks. Limited to eight persons only for each session, it’s a casual cocktail tasting and preview session at the bar hosted by Ruyi & Lyn’s resident mixologists.

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