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Tanglin Cookhouse

Let’s embark on a culinary journey through Singapore’s rich history and diverse flavours at Tanglin Cookhouse. Nestled in both Tanglin Mall and Paya Lebar Quarters, this restaurant chain offers a unique fusion of traditional and modern cuisine that has captured the hearts of locals and tourists alike.

Tanglin Cookhouse spread
The spread here at Tanglin Cookhouse.

A Nod to the Past

The story of Tanglin Cookhouse began modestly in Tanglin Mall. The resounding success at Tanglin Mall led to the opening of a second branch at PLQ, showcasing the widespread appeal of its culinary offerings.

The storefront at Tanglin Mall.
The storefront at Tanglin Mall.

British inspired fusion restaurant serving delectable British and European dishes as well as a selection of Asian favourites. The restaurant chain is relatively new, opening from on mid 2022 onwards. The establishment is run and managed by creative eateries, who operates two restaurants in Singapore. Their main branch and namesake is at Tanglin Mall along Tanglin road itself, and their secondary resturant at Paya Lebar Quarters 3 near Wursthans Switzerland we visited previously.

Restaurant interior with British inspired design.
Restaurant interior with British inspired design.

Walking into Tanglin Cookhouse, you’re immediately transported back in time. The setting of Tanglin Cookhouse is a lush British colonial-style, giving a nod to the original heritage. The restaurant interior deco is coupled with old-charm-meets-new opulence furnishings, exuding a harmonious blend of modernity and heritage. Also, the restaurant’s vintage-inspired interior, complete with white walls in a retro emerald-green shade, rattan seats, and leather-bound menus, exudes an old-world charm that’s both cosy and inviting.

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Paya Lebar Quarters branch entrance
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Modern colonial look
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Yorkshire pudding

A Menu That Tells a Story

Furthermore, at Tanglin Cookhouse, their menu offers a blend of British, European, and Asian flavours you can indulge in a diverse array of dishes that reflect Singapore’s multicultural heritage. Selections range from classic British staples like fish and chips and Yorkshire pudding to Asian-inspired delights. Asian examples includes as Hainanese Kurobuta pork chop, Indian butter chicken and lamb tikka masala, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

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Field mushroom soup
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Smoked salmon and prawns appetizer
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Creamy celeriac soup soup of day

The restaurant promises a journey back in time with their timeless and contemporary rendition of colonial cuisines. The menu at Tanglin Cookhouse is a testament to this old heritage.

Mulligatawny and mushroom soup ($12)
Mulligatawny and mushroom soup ($12).

You’ll find common British and selections of classic colonial signatures fare such as Fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, Mulligatawny soup, a hallmark of Anglo-Indian cuisine and Scotch eggs, alongside Asian-inspired dishes such as its signature crispy Hainanese Kurobuta pork chop, Indian butter chicken, and lamb tikka masala.

Try their roast and chicken dishes

Grandmothers roasted chicken
Grandmothers roasted chicken ($28), a recommended grill dish.

Also, there are 6 different western mains. I would recommend a starter of soups, you have two options both priced at $12 per bowl. Starting with Mulligatawny soup, as well as their Field mushroom soup with truffle oil. A recommendation be their Must-Try Dishes Grandmothers roasted chicken ($28) comprising of a half Spatchcock chicken, topped with onion gravy Yorkshire pudding, garden peas, roasted potatoes, carrots and broccoli.

Delectable roasted grass-fed Angus beef.
Delectable roasted grass-fed Angus beef.
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A half Spatchcock chicken
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Sunday Roast ($36)
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Servings of onion gravy

Also, their Sunday Roast is on worth a recommendation too. For $36, tad pricey you get roasted grass-fed Angus beef, onion gravy, Yorkshire pudding, garden peas, sides of roasted potatoes and carrots with broccoli.

Steak medium rare
Sunday Roast Steak medium rare with onion gravy.

Also on their menu are Asian inspired mains as well as pasta dishes prices ranging from 21.90 for their curry pasta to $26 for their premium Tiger prawn spicy Aglio olio. Among the must-try items is the Crispy Hainanese Kurobuta Pork Chop ($32), a dish that has a reputation for being juicy and tender. Another standout is the Mulligatawny soup, a British-Indian curry soup typically made with lentils, carrots, and other assorted vegetables.

Pork and lam scotch egg.
Pork and lam scotch egg, great for a brunch.

The mildly spicy and sweet soup packs an exceedingly flavourful punch. Their menu offers both a western and Asian selections. Asian selections include their Hainanese Oxtail stew $28, and Pai Fan ($34). It is do priced tad quite pricey for what is otherwise a budget dish, but you do get choice ingredients for your meal.

For brunch lovers, Tanglin Cookhouse does offer a selection of 9 dishes typically priced from $13 for toast with eggs to $34 for the more premium steak with Eggs. Their offerings revolved about toasted breakfast style bread with staple mains such as sausages, eggs and potatoes. It does have tad of a Wild Honey flair offerings too.

British Bread & Butter Pudding
British Bread & Butter Pudding ($18) is a great and filling post meal dessert.

Themed menu during festive periods

The restaurant also offers themed menu during festive periods. You get a Christmas themed menu if you were to dine in during the festive period. For instance, they were offering a limited Christmas-only menu comprising of smoked salmon and prawns, comprising of poached cold tiger prawns with smoked salmon. Other nice options includes pork and lam scotch egg and their delightful Christmas turkey wellington. It comprises of scoffed spinach and cranberry haricot with mushroom gravy.

Christmas turkey wellington special as part of their seasonal menu.
Christmas turkey wellington special as part of their seasonal menu.

These are served as a course meal starting with cream celeriac soup and a choice of sweet desserts. You can choose between their Gingerbread and white chocolate mousse trifle. It is a sweet mix of pomegranate and candled ginger or bread and butter pudding. Other options also includes Danish pastry, rum, raisin, cocoa, cinnamon egg bailey caramel sauce and Thai coconut ice-cream.

Gingerbread and white chocolate mousse trifle.
Gingerbread and white chocolate mousse trifle.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, dining at Tanglin Cookhouse is more than just a meal. Whether you’re craving traditional British fare or adventurous Asian fusion cuisine, Tanglin Cookhouse offers a culinary experience worth checking out. With its diverse menu, warm ambiance, and nostalgic charm, Tanglin Cookhouse invites you to savor the flavors of the past while embracing the excitement of the present.


This review is not sponsored by the establishment nor did they provide any editorial input or reimbursements into the content and outcome of this review. All meals were paid for in full out of my own pocket as a regular and anonymous patron.

Verdict:

Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid

Tanglin Cookhouse Locality Map

Unit 01-106 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Rd,
Singapore 247933
Opening Hours: 9am– 10pm daily

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