Once a clubhouse for British servicemen, the conservation building is now home to four dining and lifestyle concepts.
Easily recognizable by its iconic wave-like facade, Singapore’s South Beach is a $3.5 billion mixed-use property brimming with dining establishments, residences, and a JW Marriott hotel.
But few know that there are four heritage buildings within its sprawling compound, including three from the former Beach Road Camp, and the last being the former Non-Commissioned Officers’ (NCO) Club.
The NCO Club has recently been unveiled as its newest lifestyle enclave, with four unique dining concepts.
In its heyday, the club was declared “the Far East’s most luxurious club” by British Commissioner-General Malcolm MacDonald when he graced the opening in 1952.
While the three-story conservation building has since been given a makeover, it continues to pay homage to its storied past as a clubhouse for British servicemen by retaining its original mosaic tiling and terrazzo dadoes.
On the ground floor, the Stags’ Room takes center stage as a luxurious yet intimate space for wine lovers. Featuring premium wines from Penfolds and Stags’ Leap, the venue recreates a private estate experience where guests can sip on unique varieties and seek the recommendations of a sommelier.
Those who fancy the finer things in life can adjourn to Fish Pool, a glamorous bar with an Olympic-depth dive pool as its centerpiece that’s meant to host various underwater performances. Guests can sip on Louis Roederer champagnes and vintages while tucking into an exquisite menu of caviar, oysters, and Scottish smoked salmon.
The highlight of the venue is the elegant Madame Fan, a dining establishment brimming with old-school glamor. Helmed by famed restaurateur Alan Yau of UK chain Wagamama, Fan offers traditional Chinese cuisine in an “etiquette-free” dining environment. What this really means is that guests get to dine in intimate, plush red velvet chairs instead of gathering around the large communal-style tables so commonly found in Chinese restaurants.
Go for the flavorful and umami-laden dim sum dishes, which range from the Mooli puff (flaky thin pastry filled with julienned turnips) and the classic char siew bao (steamed BBQ pork bun). If dining in a group, be sure to order the drunken crab rice noodles, which comes in a moreish broth spiked with a 20-year-old Gu Yue Long Shan rice wine.
To round off the evening, head to Cool Cats, a live entertainment lounge by the same guys behind 28 Hong Kong Street — one of Singapore’s best cocktail bars. Inspired by a speakeasy, the space is intimate yet cozy, perfect for knocking back a couple of drinks with your best company.
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