TWO kinds of people take the elevator to the 16th floor at HarbourFront Tower Two: those planning to take the cable car to Sentosa, and those heading for a workout or complete meal at Sky Cafe.
While most fitness centres would at most have a juice bar serving a small selection of snacks, what stands out at Sky Fitness Centre isn't its mind-boggling array of gym equipment and a great view of Sentosa, but its full-service restaurant tucked in a corner of its expansive, upscale surroundings.
When you enter, awkwardness sets in when the polished counter staff know the only workout you're there for is to exercise your jaws. But they are unfazed and lead you to a nondescript glass door through which you spy a chilled counter and what looks like a tiny little snack bar. But go right in and you'll find a cool chill-out place with sleek booths and tables and even a lounge area complete with a small stage area for live entertainment.
Reezel Abdullah, general manager of Sky Fitness, says: 'We offer a full lifestyle concept and keeping in mind Singaporeans' love affair with food, we wanted to offer a wide variety of healthy choices for our members and guests to enjoy.
'We provide them with an extensive menu so they will never be short of choices. We have a chef who prepares the food in-house and he constantly comes up with interesting dishes to keep our patrons happy. Our members often entertain clients, guests and also hold events which require specific menus, which our chef prepares as part of our service.'
While most of the patrons are club members and their guests, a good portion are also walk-ins from the offices nearby, or companies which sign up to hold their functions there. 'We also recently introduced a Sunday brunch Matinee menu where patrons can enjoy a movie on a projection screen while having brunch at the lounge,' says Mr Abdullah. While it's open to the public, reservations are required because the club gives priority to its members.
The cafe offers a good bird's-eye view of Sentosa - but only from certain angles. Mostly, you'll be looking at ships and godowns, but there's a nice, relaxing ambience to the place, supported by a strong menu by chef Benny James, who has worked in the Shangri-la hotels in Penang and Langkawi.
His cooking is low-fat but he doesn't stint on flavour. The Spice Gal ($8) wrap is great value for money because you get a huge wrap filled with chicken, brie and a spiced cranberry chutney that lends a tart sweetness to the mix. And if you like the scent of dill, he does a good smoked salmon, egg white and dill yoghurt sandwich called Sammy O.
There's hot food, too, like a low-fat Olivia stew of chicken breast, olives, parmesan cheese and mushrooms, Hungarian goulash or grilled salmon with herbs that comes with mashed potatoes and a side salad. Priced at $12 to $14, it's quite a steal.
And the best part is that you can indulge while knowing that this is one meal you don't really need to work off later.
Sky Cafe & Wine Bar
3 HarbourFront Place,
HarbourFront Tower Two, Level 16.