Thursday, August 20, 2009
Club Islander at Sentosa
Can you smell the weekend? Brunch by the sea.... warm sunshine dancing on your cheeks.... soft sand kissing your toes... cool waters... suntan lotion. Most of all, good company and a good book (or perhaps a kayak for the more actively inclined). This is the life!
We brought the whole family to the beach at Sentosa recently, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It's been years since I last set foot on Sentosa island. It's really changed. I like the upgrades and new additions there (many more to come in 2010 - the Universal Studios rollercoaster looks awesome already!).
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Back to the indulgent brunch by the sea. Club Islander, the beach bar at Palawan Beach, recently introduced their a la carte weekend brunch (roughly between 10am and 2pm).
The beach bar itself is casual, unpretentious and simple. You can chill out with drinks, sitting at the many lounge chairs shaded by bright orange beach umbrellas. Or enjoy the view from the sheltered boardwalk with chairs and tables.
You have quite a few choices from the brunch menu (in pdf format here). Honestly, this is one of the very few times when the actual food served looks better than what's pictured on the menu!
Eggs Benedict on Toasted English Muffin (S$12.50++), topped with Hollandaise sauce. The soft runny eggs are comforting - I am beginning to understand why people love this dish, though I normally dislike runny eggs. The chicken patty under the eggs may not be the ideal accompaniment, but I guess they refrain from using ham or pork products here.
Beef Steak Open Sandwich (S$19.50++) which hubby really enjoyed. I have to say their presentation is very good. Notice the little side salad that comes with every dish? It's got truffle oil in it! How's that for a little touch of luxe?
Club Islander Brunch Platter (S$19.50++) - the big breakfast. You get waffles, scrambled eggs, chicken sausages, panfried mushrooms, a chicken patty, and yes, the side salad.
You may have noticed by now that the prices seem to be a little on the high side. But these dishes are all freshly prepared a la minute, and not slapped together from pre-prepared warmers. I also met Chef Kenny Yeo who is behind these menus. He trained overseas before joining Sentosa's F&B operations.
I have to show you the waffles again. They're done just the way I like them: really caramelised and crispy! Pour on some honey and slather on some butter, and you have a most yummy dessert! There's an option separately for a full waffle (S$6.50++ with unsalted butter and honey; $8.50++ with ice cream).
Kids are not forgotten at Club Islander. The beach draws a lot of families, so you'll find kids' meals here. The Chicky Muffin Meal (S$6.90++) gets you a chicken patty on toasted english muffin, watermelon slices, and a cup of orange juice.
The Wacky Waffles Meal (S$6.90++) lets kids enjoy waffles with honey and butter, watermelon slices, and orange juice. Jolie happily drank both cups of juice since Nadine does not like sweet stuff.
Club Islander has beachside BBQ dinners too, from time to time!
The kids absolutely loved the freshwater fountain feature next to Club Islander. We could not get them to leave! Nadine and Jolie also got their first taste of being in the sea. The salty water was an eye-opening experience for them!
With so much to look forward to, we'll be coming back regularly for more. I'm seriously considering the Islander membership which gives you free entry, bus/train rides, retail and F&B discounts, special promotions and events year-round.
Thanks to Sentosa Leisure Group for the invite, and to Eudora for hosting us! Check out Sparklette's post too, on the same brunch.
72 Palawan Beach Walk
Tel: 6279 3267
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