Workers in the CBD would know that there is a well-known Yong Tao Hu shop called Fu Lin opposite the Thian Hock Keng Temple in Telok Ayer Heritage District. The old kopitiam-style restaurant has in recent months, gave way to a more upmarket Singapore bar space that still retains the name of Fu Lin. Before you panic and think that some gentrification has happened here, let me assure you that Fu Lin Yong Tao Hu is still around serving everyone lunch during the weekdays.
The renovation is meant for the owner to optimise the space as a Singapore bar and restaurant at night. Such dual use has in recent years been sprouting up across different venues in Singapore and it makes perfect sense for tenants to optimise the space.
In any case, we scooted down to Fu Lin Bar & Restaurant along Telok Ayer Street during a slow weekday evening and enjoyed a few of their dishes.
Tapas with a Twist of Old Fu Lin in a Singapore Bar
The Seafood Ravioli is made with salmon, tiger prawn and slipper lobster and is covered in Lemongrass and chervil veloute sauce. For S$16, we think that this dish is a steal. The lobster provides an amazing medium to showcase the salmon flavours with the a just-right viscosity when it comes to their sauce. The ravioli is, in fact, giant dumpling that the chefs deliberate created. In keeping in line with Fu Lin’s Yong Tao Hu business in the afternoon.
The Spanish Iberico Pork Collar is at S$26 and worth the price. Its sea salt seasoning is strong but not overpowering. The greens around the pork are really good salad that is not just meant for garnishing. The seasoned greens actually helped to tamper the pork intense flavours. The meats are cooked pink and the sesame seed elevated the flavours from the tender pork.
The Crab Risotto is a definite must-try if you go to Fu Lin. At S$25, the dish tastes way more luxurious and intense. Simply put, it is just savoury seafood goodness. The spanner crab is cooked so wonderfully with the salted egg cream with a dollop of tobiko (fish eggs) thrown on top. The consistency is easy on the tongue and not too strong. Serving too, is substantial.
YTF counter by day, Singapore Bar top by night
The bar in Fu Lin quite nicely done up and the whole restaurant has an industrial simplicity to its decor and environment. Definitely not your typical YTF store.
We had the whisky sour (left) and mai tai (right) cocktails and they were very well done. Nothing beats a bar that manages to create the classic cocktails with flair.
Be sure to drop by Fu Lin Bar+Kitchen after work and enjoy their Happy Hour promotions!
Quality of food/drinks: 7.5/10
Value for money: 6.5/10
Fu Lin Bar & Kitchen (Map)
127 Telok Ayer Street
Tel: +65 64230311
Dinner and Drinks: Monday to Saturday, 10pm – 12am
Nearest MRT Station: Telok Ayer MRT (5mins walk); Tanjong Pagar MRT (8mins walk)