It’s past midnight and thumping bass notes and drunk office workers were pouring out from the bar opposite where I was standing. The balcony I was on was the perfect place to survey the festivities below. A few weeks ago I had spent the night at The Club, a 20-room boutique hotel just on the outskirts of the Ann Siang district.
The Club recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and to commemorate the occasion, it opened a new dining concept The Disgruntled Brasserie on the first floor. There were no disgruntled customers to be found within though. When I was having brunch earlier in the day the diners were excitedly shoveling food into their mouths.
I’ve discovered that the mark of a good meal is when a table ceases its conversation and soundlessly consumes the freshly-served items. The comfortable silence that enveloped The Disgruntled Brasserie was a good sign of the quality. So when the lobster omelette with fresh herbs and Gruyere cheese that I ordered finally came, I was rubbing my hands in glee.
Suffice to say, it was fluffy, hot and brilliantly cooked with enough fresh lobster to make my stomach sing.
The Club’s other dining joint Tiger’s Milk also revamped its menu as part of the celebrations and you would do well to check the place out for dinner and drinks. Specialising in Peruvian cuisine, the restaurant whips up an eclectic mix of delicious grilled meats and fiery seafood that would leave you gasping for an aperitif. Opt for the Pisco Sour, the restaurant’s signature. Decadently sweet with a milky and sour aftertaste, the drink actually made me Google flights to Peru.
If you’re a whisky person, the bar at the basement named B28 is Singapore’s best kept secret (mainly because I’ve never heard of it until my stay at The Club). Rare whiskies were kept locked behind lock and key in a grill mesh cupboard and when I pointed it out, the general manager of the bar said that the whiskies belonged to regular patrons and only they can open it. I resolved to make friends with a few of them. The general manager laughed and wished me good luck.
Weekend nights are the most popular at B28, as that is when the resident jazz band plays.
Inside the Rooms
It is impossible to write about The Club without mentioning its stellar rooms. There are a lot of boutique hotels in Singapore, all of whom offer impossibly fluffy beds, unique decor and Instagram-worthy moments. The Club is no different.
But what separates The Club is in the details. The Hypnos bed, apparently approved by the Queen herself; the Handy phone that you can freely use; the freshly-packed ear plugs and eye mask; the personal touches it gives to each guest, depending on the itinerary. There is a lot you’ll miss about The Club once you return to reality, as I found out.
But at that moment, on the balcony of The Club Suite, it felt magical. I took one last look at the party, ventured back into my room and closed the balcony doors. The noise dissipated into the background. I sunk into the Hypnos bed, satiated by the food and drinks at The Club. It had been a great stay.
In line with its first anniversary, The Club is offering a special package for anyone looking for a getaway. At $288, The Club offers guests the opportunity to celebrate their own anniversary and create long lasting memories together. This package includes one night stay at The Club King Room (Complimentary upgrade to The Club Suite), a congratulatory bottle of Prosecco, and $50 voucher to dine at The Disgruntled Brasserie (with a minimum spend of $100). Guests will also enjoy a welcome drink, complimentary breakfast and romantic touches to the room. The Anniversary Package is available till September 2017.
For reservations, visit theclub.com.sg/offers.