Telok Ayer Arts Club is a newly opened restaurant and bar, close proximity to the many offices, at the heart of Tanjong Pagar. And they are at the same stretch with Ash & Char, a gastrobar which we recently tried too.
Be it a quick lunch during office hours or a relaxed dinner after work, this cosy interior will be a great choice over both food and drinks. Its an approximately 5-10 minutes walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Their style of menu suits many dietary options, including vegans! They offer light and healthy options such as salads and cauliflower steak (there is no beef for this dish!).
Food & Dessert
Octopus & Shrimp — bbq vinaigrette, coriander, capsicum, cucumber, grape tomato (S$18++)
Octopus & ship with greens as well. A good mix of seafood with vegetables. A well balanced protein dish. The seafood were fresh and perfectly marinated with bbq vinaigrette. Accompanying with the vegetables & tomato helps to cleanse your palate for the next dish if you are ordering this as a side or sharing item.
Cauliflower Steak — scallion aioli, scamorza, smoked paprika (S$19++)
This is our favorite at Telok Ayer Arts Club. A vegan option. Do not let the steak misled you. There is no beef involved here. An interesting dish we do not frequently spot else where on the food menu! Cauliflower (plated as a steak) with greens and smoked paprika right on top.
The smoky scent was kind of strong but nonetheless, still has a nice aroma and the cauliflower still retains its moist and naturally sweet texture.
A definitely must try! Sharing for this portion will be great.
Seafood Fettuccine — shellfish reduction, little neck clams, crab meat, baby squid (S$25++)
The Fettuccine does not suit our taste buds as the main actor for this dish, the pasta, was too soggy. Gravy does not have an adequate dose of white wine to give it its rich seafood flavor and hence, it seems something was lacking in this dish.
However, seafood were fresh but main actor was lacking and hence there is more room for improvement for this dish.
Baked Chocolate Pudding — salted jaggery, coconut crumble, French vanilla ice cream (S$10++)
A staple dessert that felt like brownie with vanilla ice cream. We would not call it pudding as it felt like a brownie sponge cake instead of pudding. With vanilla ice cream, we would say this couldn’t have gone wrong and we were satisfied with the soft and melt in your mouth texture we were looking forward to.
Jungle Bird – Mount Gay From The Barrel, Campari, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Pineapple Juice & Simple Syrup (S$20++)
Singapore Sling – Hendrick’s Gin, Cherry Heering, Benedictine Dom, Cointreau, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Angostura Bitters, Fresh Lime, Pomegranate & Soda (S$22++)
Bloody Maria – Thyme Infused Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver, Cherry Tomato, Chilli Crab Sauce, Agave Syrup, Fresh Orange Juice, Mineral Saline & Fish Cracker (S$22++)
Did you see Chilli Crab Sauce in Bloody Maria ?? Yes you did! This will be a yay or nay drink. An interesting creation and a daring one.
It might not be the drink for us, but it might be just perfect for you! We love bold creations and we applaud for the bold move.
Along side food, there are nice drinks to pair with at Telok Ayer Arts Club. Being in a central location, accessibility is great. They have a nice vegan and healthy food menu which would attract many healthy & light plate diners. Cocktails and drinks have interesting blends and with some bold ones. However, some of the menus might need more improvement to enhance the flavor it would like to portray.
Telok Ayer Arts Club
2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043
Tel: +65 6221 0712
Monday – Saturday 1100 to 2300 | Closed on Sundays
- East-West line – Tanjong Pagar station;
- Downtown line – Telok Ayer station
- GB Building along Cecil Street 57, 131, 167, 186, 700, 970, 971E (nearest bus stop to Telok Ayer Road)
- After Capital Tower along Robinson Road 10, 10e, 70, 75, 97, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e
- UIC Building along Shenton Way 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 97, 97e, 100, 106, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 186, 196, 196e
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