There’ve been more and more cafés popping up in the heartland areas, following the footsteps of similar successful establishments (some really good ones are Plain Vanilla Bakery and Percolate Coffee!) Sadly, these new setups can sometimes fall short. Forget their aesthetically pleasing interiors for a moment – you can’t ever deny the disappointment you feel biting into subpar food.
Good thing EC Club Café has the best of both worlds – a stunning atmosphere and gastronomic delights. Trust us, you’ll want to travel to Punggol for this. It already says a lot that the brainchild of this eatery, Celebrity Chef William Ang, cooked for both President S.R. Nathan and President Halimah Yacob. Not to mention his 40 years of experience in the field. If you’ll never be a president, you can at least eat like one.
With vines tastefully wound around the wooden panelling and warm hanging lightbulbs, it immediately made us feel like we were about to settle in for a luxurious dinner. We won’t deny that it’s pretty romantic. Perfect for that upscale date on a budget.
But honestly, you’ll probably forget your date exists when you bite into these dishes. We tried the Korean Oyster Pizza, Duroc ‘D’ Olive Pork Chop Baked Rice, Rotisserie Chicken served with Medley of Vegetables and Silver-fern Roasted Beef with Béarnaise Sauce.
Korean Oyster Pizza, $16.50
If the taste and sensation of slurping oyster straight from the shell is too much for you to handle, this is a nice compromise. The base of the pizza was thin and generously loaded with cheese and cooked oyster, to the point where the slices couldn’t support the weight of their toppings.
Strangely enough, this combination worked well because the oysters were tender, while still holding their rich flavour. They were given room to shine by the cheese which wasn’t overwhelmingly flavourful, but light and sweet.
Duroc ‘D’ Olive Pork Chop Baked Rice, $11.80
Carbs can be overlooked in dishes sometimes, but don’t sleep on this olive rice. The aroma of the rice was earthy and balanced, and each grain was cooked to perfection, moist enough without being drenched in oil and salt.
Using this cook of rice was a great choice as the bite-sized pork chop slices and mussels were savoury enough on their own, their heaviness complimenting the rice well.
Rotisserie Chicken, $13.80
The whole chicken was extremely juicy, wrapped in crisp, crunchy golden-brown skin. We have to admit, for seconds, we took more skin than chicken meat. It’s always a massive plus if a place has great roast chicken, as there’ve been many times where this poultry has been overcooked till it’s tough, losing all flavour.
Silver-fern Roasted Beef with Béarnaise Sauce; Beef prices start from $19.50
The showstopper. Start whipping your phones out and snapping away at this delicate piece of art on a plate. Crisp, thin sheets of lotus root, a pop of colour with the bell peppers, and the shining glory of the dish – the beautiful reddish-pink gradient of roasted beef, shiny with juices.
Our mouths exploded with tender, smokey goodness the second we bit into the beef. The béarnaise sauce added a creamy, herby accent to these mouthwatering slices of roast beef.
Check out their menu here, where they have a $10 brunch set menu inclusive of hash brown potato, hot coffee or tea.
EC Club Café
Address: 681 Punggol Drive #01-04, Singapore 820681
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 10am – 11pm, Fri – Sun: 10am – 12pm
Social Media Page: Facebook
Nearest MRT Station: Oasis