Most people who know Singapore will think of Tanjong Beach Club (known as TBC to locals) as a cool weekend hang-out, a good place to take visitor mates as you settle in on a daybed for an afternoon of sun, drinks, music. The closest thing you can get in Singapore to an Ibiza or St Tropez style beach club. They probably won’t go rushing there for a gastronomic experience. As for us, we’re in the midst of triathlon training and so go there to do some ocean swimming, and for the second time now have treated ourselves to brunch afterwards. It’s surprisingly really very good!
Sure, the service still leaves a little to be desired, a bit too laid back for my liking and so very much on the slow side, but the coffee is strong and hot, they serve juices and coolers and whole coconuts. And bloody marys for those who need a little hair of the dog. You also get the sea breeze and some GREAT people-watching opportunities. But the main pull for me is that the menu is a lot more interesting than many other brunch places.
Alongside the more common ‘weekender’ full fry-up and eggs benedict, they also have some great healthy options. Obviously, post-triathlon training, the healthy choices are what we went for. Between a group of us we tried a few things. The date, quinoa and coconut bircher was a winner.
Soft, and sweet from the dates and fruity raspberry and banana jam. With texture from the matchsticks of crisp apple, some toasted quinoa grains, and with crunchy almond and pecan clusters. It was filling and delicious.
Their signature acai bowl was a little bit more like sorbet or ice cream than expected, but with fresh mango and blueberries it was fresh and fruity, and with crunchy hazelnut granola and toasted coconut it was pretty satisfying.
The chilled melon salad was the healthiest of the lot, and a lot more interesting than it sounds, with passion fruit gel, tahini (an interesting twist) lemon yoghurt, honey and fresh passion fruit.
To confess, there is where the health kick took a slight deviation, via some buttermilk pancakes. These were sweet and started off light and fluffy, but too quickly turned slightly stodgy as the berry compote and vanilla cream cheese started to soak in. Not the best pancakes we’ve eaten, but certainly not bad if you fancy a more substantial sweet brunch.
Back to slightly healthier ground with some sourdough and a side of avocado for the table, to make avocado on toast. Somewhat underwhelming, and optimistic thinking it would go round the group of us – 1 portion is literally a half an avocado in a bowl, but if you wanted it alongside your fry up it would work ok.
That’s where our brunch ended, and we didn’t get around to trying their truffled scrambled eggs with jamon iberico, or the mushrooms on rye toast. A reason to get back out training I guess…
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098942