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Restaurant review: The Tiong Bahru Club Singapura on Eng Hoon Street

The Tiong Bahru Club Singapura
57 Eng Hoon Street, #01-88
6438 0168

Club 88 satay; choose from beef, mutton and chicken 

If you’re in the mood for some straight-up, no-frills Singaporean grub, then The Tiong Bahru Club Singapura is your place – it’s an all-day leisure-dining concept in the heart of, you guessed it, Tiong Bahru (directly across from the hawker centre). Designed like an old-school kopitiam with vintage tiled floors and traditional knick-knacks, the heritage-style bistro and taproom pays tribute to the cuisines of the many cultures that make up the melting pot that is our little red dot – Indian, Chinese, Malay, Eurasian and Western dishes can be found on the reasonably priced menu.

Must-try “Asian tapas” include Truck Stop Fried Chicken ($13.80), Okra Fries ($9.80) and Bazaar Grilled Squid stuffed with spicy pork and beef ($16.80) – all generous portions – while signature entrées include Club 88 Devil’s Chicken Curry ($16.80), a fiery bowl of bacon bones, sausage and chicken, and Lamb in a Bun ($20.80), a lamb patty topped with Greek yoghurt on a toasted bun. Try a strawberry or mango lassi ($7.20) – a local milkshake-style favourite adopted from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan – or a tea latte ($6.50, hot or cold) in one of seven flavours; owner Jerry Singh also owns Chaiholics, a speciality chai tea shop located at Chevron House and Marina Bay Financial Tower 3.

The colourful, quirky interior 

And the “club” membership? Spend a minimum of $100 to receive a membership card, which entitles you to special privileges, discounts and promotions that vary monthly. Sounds like our kind of club.

Must-try dish:
Truck Stop Fried Chicken with sambal, or fresh chilli pepper sauce, for dipping

Also, check out The Tiong Bahru Club’s larger sister restaurant, The Namly Club Singapura, now open at 64 Namly Avenue in Bukit Timah.