Restaurant Review: Healthful Eats At Straits Clan’s Clan Cafe
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The private club opens only one section to feed non-members with hearty salads, grain bowls, and kueh salat
The standard joining fee is $4500 that includes a monthly subscription cost of $198 – cheaper if you’re under 30.
But if you’re not ready to shell out a considerable sum for a membership at Straits Clan, a High SES-anointed clubhouse outfitted with a swanky workspace, a private spa offering massages and manicures, a gym by the folks from Ritual, and a glittering lineup of entertainment rooms, there’s always the Clan Cafe to get one’s foot in the door.
Located at the ground floor lobby lounge of the four-storey building, Clan Cafe is one of the three dining concepts accessible to your fellow Xiao Mings who may differ from the ‘thought leaders and game-changers’ the clubhouse so eloquently described its members for.
With natural lighting spilling through its floor-to-ceiling windows, the brightly-lit cafe’s serves as something of a hideaway, softened by aesthetically-pleasing earthy elements of polished teak furniture, rustic tribal ornaments, and flora surprises at every corner.
To mirror its contemporary, minimalist-esque aesthetics, Clan Cafe offers up clean-eating with its line of healthful dishes, reinforced by a tea programme led by homegrown tea specialist A.muse Projects.
Miso Salmon ($17)
Begin with the Otah Sandwich ($16). While one may incur a fraction of the cost if DIY-ed, the Clan Cafe’s otah sandwich is distinctly a polished variant, where butter homemade brioche buns are used instead of supermarket’s Gardenia slices, along with the decadent inclusion of melted Comte cheese. Decent is the not-very-spicy otah slabs, filled with mackerel and prawns chunk-sized. The sandwich comes with a salad of spinach and romaine lettuce.
Sandwiches aside, you’d best make a beeline for the cafe’s Asian-influenced grain bowls, comprising a nourishing mix of red and brown rice, koshihikari and red quinoa. There is the Grilled Angus Ribeye($19), vibrant with an assortment of crunchy vegetables such as pickled orange, purple roots, lotus roots, edamame and tomatoes to go with the tender beef slices, and the Miso Salmon ($17) that touts a beautiful pan-seared miso-marinated salmon. Clan Cafe does allow a bit of indulging with the Kakiage ($15) where you’ll find a mountain of vegetables and root vegetables fried tempura style, sitting on a rice base cooked in dashi-shoyu stock. Genmaicha broth is served with the grain bowl that can be enjoyed on its own or poured over the rice.
Speaking of things that are like warm hugs, the Chicken & Leek Broth ($9) makes for a soul-soother with its heartwarming chicken-based blend, infused with leeks, garlic and ginger. You may notice a distinct creaminess in the broth, thanks to the added chicken feet for a collagen boost.
To round-off your lunch, dinner, tea or whatever the time of the day calls for, order the Kuah Salat ($6.90). The Peranakan cake slice definitely brings to mind the same offering at Chalk Farm, where you’ll find fragrant, creamy pandan custard that sits on a sticky, yet moist blue pea flower-tinted rice bed.
Address: 31 Bukit Pasoh Road
Operating Hours: 10am-10pm (Monday to Saturday)
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