Brunch @ Tin Hill Social

June 21, 2015 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

On the day I was to brunch with my friends, I saw an article by CityNomads of 10 new restaurants and bars which had opened in June 2015. And with that, a last minute change was made to head to Tin Hill Social instead. I was attracted by the fact that it was made up of 2 former horse stables. Ha!


However, getting to Tin Hill Social was a real pain. For us at least. Located at Turf Club, my friends and I shared a cab as we were worried we would need to walk quite a fair bit from the main road (Dunearn Road). And unfortunately for us, Google map failed us and led us to 110 Turf Club Road although we keyed in 100 Turf Club Road. How odd. So we were looking for the eatery along the wrong portion of Turf Club Road. Even when we called the cafe for help, the staff gave us wrong directions too! Argh.

So yes, just in case Google map fails others too. Do note that there’re 2 (abandoned) guard houses. Upon turning in from Dunearn Road to Turf Club Road, one should keep to the right after making a left turn at the next traffic junction for an immediate right turn. The correct guard house has a gantry beside it. If one misses the correct guard house, one will come to the entrance of The Grand Stand. Beside this entrance, there’s the second guard house. This is the wrong guard house. If one makes a right turn after the wrong guard house, one will still be on Turf Club Road, but one shall only see units 104 and 110. So yes… Hope this helps! And Tin Hill Social is not located within The Grand Stand.

So yes, by the time we found our way to the cafe, my friends and I were tired and hungry. Not exactly in the best of mood. But thankfully the place looked good. Big and spacious. I liked that they kept the wooden beams of the roof structure. Roof truss to be exact. It definitely gave the place some character. And it was observed that many who were at the eatery had popped over after their horse-riding lessons.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Rigatoni, $15 (+$3, prawns) (above) – With aglio, olio and pepperoncino. Unfortunately, this was oily. And for a simple dish as such to be priced at $15, this was definitely expensive. Not forgetting the prawns which were $1 each. I would have at least expected tiger prawns. I mean, give us our money worth lah! For pasta that’s (only) tossed in dressing, and we are paying $15? What.

2) The hill social burger, $20 (above) – 200 grams ground prime beef, in a homemade brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and mayo, and a side of fries. I don’t take beef but my friends said this was normal. But of course, it baffled me that it’s an additional $2 for cheese and bacon respectively. I’m not sure if it’s a common understanding but to me at least, burgers ought to have cheese. Melted cheese. No? But we enjoyed the shoestring fries.

3) Beer battered fish & chips, $17 (above) – With homemade tartar sauce and mushy peas. We were not too impressed with this. Something is amiss when this was served and the potato wedges seemed to be the main item instead. Hmm… And the mushy peas was out-of-place with the other components of the dish.

4) Waffle, $14 (+$5, ice cream) (above) – Served with mixed fruit, maple syrup and crushed nuts. This was average. But cause I was expecting more, I was not too impressed. This was good only when compared to our lacklustre mains. But at least the waffle was crispy on the exterior. And for ice cream, there were 3 flavours; Double chocolate, raspberry and hokey pokey. We went with the staff’s recommendation of hokey pokey which was a flavour of vanilla and caramel.

5) Cafe latte, $6 (above)

So did I make the right choice of changing our venue at the very last minute? Sadly, no! We were let down by the food. We’ve a minimum standard and the food at Tin Hill Social barely made it. In addition, service wasn’t great. The eatery was pretty empty, yet it was very difficult to get the attention of the 6 to 7 waiting staff. The staff were somehow very occupied at the counter with their heads down. My, my… And of course, I can’t get over the fact that the staff couldn’t even give us proper direction when we were called for help.

I can only figure the only reason one should check out Tin Hill Social is if one is already in the area and one is just looking for a place for drinks. Yes, drinks only since ambience wise, Tin Hill Social makes a nice place to relax and chill.

TIN HILL SOCIAL
100 Turf Club Road, Singapore
6466 0966, Website
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 5
Tues – Fri : 10:00 – 00:00
Ambience: 6
Sat – Sun : 09:00 – 00:00
Value: 6
* Closed on Mon
Service: 6