It was a pouring buckets in the morning and a thought struck my mind. It would be empty at the beach just after the rain stops!
So a reservation was made and we headed down to the beach. Got a table in front of the long bar as we did not want to be out in the sand. The ambience was great and their resident DJ Has was manning the decks! Just perfect for a lazy sunday afternoon.
We started off with a bucket of beer and some juices, just to cool down a little before the food. They are currently serving a cafe menu al fresco, with the full menu to be unveiled when the restaurant opens later this year. Insiders promise a full menu with a wide variety of items a la carte, as well as a degustation menu and a brunch menu.
When my Wild Mushroom Spaghettini arrived, I was thrilled by the very earthy looking plate in front of me, topped with a very refreshing Rocket Salad! Tucking in, I found it to taste just as it looked, with an assortment of juicy mushrooms, perfectly cooked spaghetti and just the right crunch on the vegetables. The true essence of the dish was brought out by the nice hint of truffles. Just the right amount to accentuate the other flavours and bring them together without being over powering, which is something many restaurants are prone to doing as part of “value for money”. I’m big on muted flavours and this totally floated my boat!
The girlfriend had a nice twist on the good ol’ fish and chips. Done with chunky snapper nuggets and thick-cut fries, this was certainly a surprise, served just as it had been at the soft launch of the venue. We had a chef in our midst and he too was very pleasantly surprised at how the fish and chips had been presented.
On the table, our dining mates also ordered the Prawn Spaghettini and the Gourmet Burger. Before Tanjong Beach Club was launched, The Lo & Behold Group had The Shack, a simple wooden hut which sat on the beach and sundays were made memorable by the burgers brought in by Berg’s Burgers.
Now this was something totally different! It was presented open face, with the sesame seed top on the side. Perfectly cooked quail egg, emmenthal cheese, bacon and a patty that was truly to-die-for completed the tower. I had a slice of the patty about ten minutes later and was amazed at the texture it still had (it was ordered medium rare).
The Prawn Spaghettini was totally worth the wait for, with my friend who ordered it proclaiming it as having “THE FRESHEST PRAWNS I’VE EVER HAD”. Once again, nothing short of a testament to Tanjong Beach Club’s aim to be something different from the other beachfront establishments on Sentosa.
For sharing, we had a portion of Buffalo Wings. This was served with a hearty Roquefort Dip. Having a penchant for chicken wings wherever I go, I must say I wasn’t blown away by the wings, but I absolutely adored the dip!
We ventured out on to the sand after lunch but soon headed back under the shade once the sun broke through the clouds. Being the driver in the group, I stuck to my iced water while the rest shared a Giant Mojito, basically the classic Mojito served in a jug!
We left feeling totally satisfied and promising to be back again for more when the restaurant opens officially. Watch this space!
Tanjong Beach Club is open 7 days a week, from 11am till late.
120 Tanjong Beach Walk S(098942)