Calling all cocktail lovers, pool players, vegans, bao aficionados and pinball addicts—listen up, because the Valley’s newest late-night bar and eatery has something for all of you.
Taking over the subterranean space that was previously home to the recently closed Heya, Ling Ling’s has taken up the late-night Asian bar and eatery flag, giving the underground bar a quirky makeover and filling it with all new reasons to make a visit.
Mosey on down the stairs and the first thing you’ll notice is the neon pink cat beckoning you in from its place on the wall, followed by the flashing lights of the pinball machines tucked away in their own alcove behind the stairs. The venue’s sunken dining area is still in residence, only now it’s adorned with a street art mural exhorting you to ‘gan bei!’ (cheers), while the pool table in the corner is overlooked by a few smile-inducing puns in even more neon lights.
As for the food, there’s enough on the menu to keep you here all night—for meat lovers and non-meat eaters alike. Pile the table with duck san choy bow wow (there’s a jackfruit option for vegos and vegans), steamed pork buns, crispy pork belly bao, sweet chilli lime karaage chicken and bang bang pork ribs. Also, heads up for anyone lamenting the loss of Heya’s cheeseburger spring rolls—they’ve snuck their way on to the menu here.
Can’t decide? Before 10pm you can opt for an eight-course banquet for $39pp (for groups of four or more). Better yet, give the Emperor Kong’s Challenge a go—finish 25 prawn and ginger dumplings in two and a half minutes with one set of chopsticks (no fingers!) and score a $20 venue voucher, not to mention eternal glory.
Then there’s the drinks—which may or may not keep you from leaving until the early hours, because you’ll be busy trying them all. As well as signature sips like the Wang Da Wong Number, with vanilla vodka, white rum, coconut puree, caramel syrup and cream, and the Asian Bubble with gin, peach liqueur, aloe vera and citrus, there are teapot and soup bowl cocktails to share. Honestly, we’d give one of the massive soup bowls a red hot go all on our own, but they’re designed for three to five—although right now it's probably best if you don't share, so challenge accepted.
Being part restaurant, part bar, part nightclub, after 9pm the lights dim low and live DJs hit the floor to keep the place pumping until late. So hit the dance floor, attempt to finish a few more soup bowls and order another round of king prawn and scallop toast when you get peckish. Get all the details on Ling Ling’s Bar here.
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Image credit: Sophie Spencer