Perhaps you can refer this to The Coconut Club 3.0.

Here’s why the hype: The Coconut Club known for its atas Nasi Lemak, was listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand, and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was said to be a fan.

The restaurant moved (again), and is now found at a three-storey conservation shophouse at 269 Beach Road near Arab Street.

From its previous reviews since years back, they are usually divided into “definitely worth a try” to “overpriced / overpriced”.

With all that said, the rebranded The Coconut Club wants to focus on more than their single plate of signature Nasi Lemak.

You also find offerings of breakfast items, “family-style Nasi Lemak experience”, Nonya-style kuehs and nostalgic cakes, along with launch of their first formal drinks programmes with specially-created cocktails.

For breakfast, there are choices such as the Charcoal-grilled Kaya Toast ($6.80), Otah Katsu Sando ($7.80), Hae Bee Hiam Tuna Sandwich ($10.80), and add $3 for hot coffee, teh tarik or teh halia.

The Kaya Toast is made using ‘space buns’ from old-school Sing Hon Loong bakery at Balestier, chargrilled over binchotan then spread with butter and kaya made the “The Coconut Club’s” coconut milk.

This is accompanied with 63-degree sous vide eggs. You can see this as an upmarket form of your kopitiam toast – not too bad a choice for the fragrant kaya spread and fluffy breads.

I guess people are really still here for their Ayam Goren Berempah Set ($18.80), unless you have tried this many times. There are also the Ikan Bakar Set ($18.80), and Otah Set ($18.80).

Just note that while the Nasi Lemak sets are available all-day at Level 1, they can only be served at Level 2 (the cosier air-conditioned area) from 11am to 3pm.

Accordingly, they kept the pricing the same at $18.80 after the Beach Road Shift. I referred to my notes in 2019 – the plate was $12.80 then, so something happened the last 3 years over at Ang Siang. All right, take that global inflation.

All sets come with a serving of coconut rice, fried egg, anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and sambal; and mine was served with spiced and fried organic chicken leg (can choose breast as well) with crispy rempah crumbs.

The rice is prepared using old-crop Thai Jasmine with coconut milk extracted using a propriety cold-press machine custom built.

If you find the rice less oily than the previous versions, that is because it is now cooked without chicken fat which supposedly makes the taste lighter with more apparent coconutty-fragrance – and also pairs better with the other dishes.

The good thing is the chicken is prepared and cooked ala minute now, no more in small batches like before, so you get your meat hotter and hopefully juicier.

I wasn’t 100% sure about the sambal. It wasn’t like the usual Nasi Lemak chilli (so perhaps needed to get used to), though wished it had more of the X-factor, dried anchovies taste, or spiciness.

The focus now is more on communal-style dining during dinner.

Here’s how it works: at $6++ per diner, they would be free flow nasi lemak rice and condiments (sambal, ikan bilis, kacang, cucumber) to be paired with dishes; and note there is a $20++ minimum expenditure per person.

Recommended dishes include the Gohu Ikan ($16) of yellowfin tuna cured in calamansi juice; Iga Bakar ($45) – braised beef short ribs; Percik Kambing ($38) – Australian lamb short ribs marinated in coconut milk and tamarind; Sambal Sotong ($26), Spicy Banana Leaf Stingray ($28), Homemade Otah ($11), to Sate Ayam Bumbu Kacang ($16) of charcoal-grilled chicken tail and thigh skewers.

The meal was hearty and filling, though would have wished the satay to have more of that char-grilled smokiness and sweetness.

My favourite dish was the Kerabu Udang Kacang Botol ($18), a ‘salad’ with prawns, shredded chicken, sakura ebi, wing beans, coriander, and peanut brittle.

Loved the varied textures such as the crunchiness and the fresh bite of the prawns, to the refreshing zest from the chill lime vinaigrette.

Here’s the thing: there will be always be people who will find this overpriced, but others who won’t mind paying more for the service, experience and wider range of dishes.

Whether you have tried The Coconut Club in the past or not, you would find the vibes and offerings somewhat different – for diners to explore beyond that plate of Nasi Lemak.

The Coconut Club
269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

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