1 TwentySix Restaurant East Coast Park Big Splash

One Twenty Six

I first went to 1-TwentySix restaurant at Playground @ Big Splash, East Coast Park a year ago. It was a romantic restaurant to dine in, but I thought that the food was unremarkable for the price point, so I didn’t blog about it. Two months back, I went back again for dinner as a group of friends wanted to go there.

1 Twenty Six is a large sea-fronting beach restaurant & bar. While they have a nice indoor dining room, most of the customers prefer to eat at the al fresco area where you can enjoy the sea breeze and chill out with a group of friends over dinner and drinks.

We had a lot of food, but I only took a few shots as I didn’t want to scare off some of the new friends. 1 Twenty Six’s Coast menu is divided into two parts: the ala carte menu where you can get the usual appetiser ($6.5-22), salad ($12-20), platters ($22-32), main course ($28-48) and dessert ($14); and the Communal menu where you pay $70++/pax (min of 2 pax) for a nibble platter, choice of 1 main course/pax with sides, and a dessert platter.

With the exception of a few new additions, the menu has remained largely unchanged since my last visit. The nibble platter (pictured above) comes with the familiar Potato Skin with sour cream, Steamed Vongole Clams, and Crispy Soft Shell Crab with chilli mayo.

For the main course selections from the Communal menu, gone were the Seared King Scallops, Penne with Zucchini, and Fish Pie. In place were the Butternut Pumpkin Risotto, Shellfish Carbonara and Fish & Chips.

Fish & Chips

During my first visit to One Twenty Six, we had the 150 day grain fed tenderloin ($48), and braised short rib of beef ($38). The tenderloin was not bad, but I could have gotten a better steak elsewhere.

This time round, we also had the Communal menu. For the main courses, we shared the Fish & Chips, Roasted Baby Chicken, Seared Tuna Loin, and Grilled Cod Fillet.

Our British friend wasn’t impressed with the Baby Snapper Fillet in crispy beer batter, but the French Fries that came along with the ‘Fish & Chips’ were excellent – all of us couldn’t stop eating it.

Roasted Chicken

Some of my friends thought that the Grilled Cod fillet with blood orange salad was good, but I felt that it was just decent, so was the Seared Tuna Loin (pictured below) with bell pepper marmalade. For me, the standout dish for the night was the Baby Chicken served with rosemary potatoes.

If you choose to have the Communal menu ($70++/pax), you get to pick either the Grande Assiette – a selection of five petite sized desserts consisting of Creme Brulee, Panna Cotta, Chocolate Cake, Pavlova, and Souffle; or a selection of artisan cheese.

Seared Tuna Loin

1 Twenty Six by One Rochester Group is a hip and trendy place to see and be seen. Being one of the few fine dining restaurants in the East, it is a good option for people if they do not want to travel all the way to town. As for me, I would probably just come back for drinks.

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1 TwentySix Restaurant
902 East Coast Parkway
Blk E #01-26 Playground @ Big Splash
Tel: +65 6348 2126

Sun to Thu: 6.30pm – 1am
Fri & PH Eve: 6.30pm – 3am
Sat: 3pm – 3am
Sun Brunch: 11am – 3pm

4 COMMENTS

Went there tonight, ordered wine and 3 course set menu. After finding a hair in the salad we were having second thoughts about desert when my stomach cramps from my tuna got worse and worse. I was sick twice in the toilet, after seeing the filthy state of the loos i wasnt surprised hygiene may be questionable. I felt severely unwell and needed to leave, we still had to pay for food that made us sick and the wine we didn’t hang around to finish as I needed to lie down. Same as robbery if you ask me. Revolting. Disgusted. Insult and injury. Seriously bad experience.

Dear Helen,

We appreciate your feedback on your recent dining experience at 1-TwentySix. As a service-oriented establishment, we have always set our goals to exceed our guest’s expectations and we welcome and appreciate all feedback that can help us improve. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for what happened in terms of your personal experience with us. The management is looking into the issues that you highlighted very seriously. We would appreciate it if you could assist us further in our investigations in these matters by contacting us directly. We would sincerely appreciate your efforts in this, as there are some issues that require more detail and clarification.

Sincerely,
Stanley Tan

Mmm, I wouldn’t even go back for drinks! My husband and I thought it looked great from the outside so went for cocktails recently. The waiter who took us to the table rattled off the list of things we COULDN’T have, it was so long I asked him to just tell us what we could have instead. I asked about the content of one of the cocktails on the list and he had no idea. He brought my husband the wrong drink (hard to get a gin and tonic wrong, you’d think). Basically the thing goings going for this place are the view and the breeze. It was such a disappointment, we live close by and I hoped it could be a regular venue.

Omg, I thought it was a one off incident when I went there with my date last year , well not till I saw the comments. Both of us have a bottle of wine Pinot noir and some finger food. Never expect to find ourselves having a serious reaction, me drunk and her vomitting for almost the nite at east coast park. We are both good drinkers and I can go past a whole bottle without any problem but it had us very puzzle as to what happen. When we recall, the wine was served immediately without having let us taste and we do find it abit sour although we were too engross in the ambiance and ourselves. The wine could be tinted either by poor storage conditions or god knows what. Very very bad experience..

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