Let's get one thing out of the way, it’s a schelp to get to Panamericana. For some, it may feel like a journey across the 50,000km Pan-American highway – but really it’s just Sentosa.
With its light-filled interiors and unbeatable view of the golf course and sea, planning for a weekend brunch here is ideal. However, you may miss the bulk of executive chef Matthew Woon’s farm-to-fire menu that pulls from North, Central and South America. That said, asador items are available from noon so you won't miss out too much.
For a full experience, go for dinner. The starter of ceviche ($16), snapper in coconut milk with paw paw is a no-brainer, unfortunately it’s a tad over spiced, not allowing the more delicate flavours to seep through. Thankfully, when combined with chunks of papaya and coriander leaves, the spice level is immediately tamed. The sizable British Colombia ($14) salad fares better, a bright bowl of crisp red cabbage and leeks with crunchy birdseed and sweet apple accompanies the hearty proteins perfectly. While the whole-grilled Colombian Chicken ($30) arrives looking a little bare with just a lemon half for company, the succulent, flavour-filled chicken meat and spicy-sweet charred skin compensates for its nakedness. It also explains why they encourage ordering a side (choose from five, $5 each), which in all fairness does add to the dish – the piquent chimichurri imparts a level of complexity to the chicken. The Steak ($36) served on a bed of charred spring onions, anoited with mustard seed caviar, however, needs no window dressing. The yin-yang contrast of grilled meat with savoury mustard and sweet onions is a harmonious melody on its own.
Be warned, portion size is generous so dessert may be a debate. Settle on splitting the churros ($12), five freshly-fried dough sticks that’s crisp to the bite while soft and chewy on the inside. When dipped in the accompanying dulce de leche sauce, it’s a small slice of heaven.
Panamericana’s food is just one part of its draw – there's also the view, the extensive and reasonably priced cocktail menu, and the vibe – but it's a big one and it’s good to see that they’re not just relying on the view (and captive Sentosa Cove residents) to deliver an experience worth crossing the bridge for. – Charlene Fang
Sentosa Golf Club
27 Bukit Manis Rd
|Opening hours:||Wed-Fri noon–11pm; Sat & Sun 9am-11pm|
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