TGM wasn’t an airline lounge in the strictest sense of the word, but served a similar role. Access was available through various lounge membership programs, allowing travelers to enjoy a made-to-order meal when flying out of Terminal 2. The food wasn’t what you’d call gourmet, but it was certainly better than the offerings at the nearby SilverKris Lounge.
If you’ve been pining for TGM, here’s some good news: it’s now reopened in Terminal 1, and you don’t need to be flying to visit.
TGM reopens at Changi Terminal 1
Last week, Changi Airport announced TGM’s reopening at Terminal 1, on the third floor dining area near the viewing mall.
TGM is probably one of the best-kept secrets in Singapore Changi Airport serving a great mixture of JAKO (Japanese and Korean Cuisine) as well as healthy options. We introduce you a variety of JAKO dishes like Salmon Butteryaki Teishoku Set, Una-Tamago Don, Yakisoba – all with a twist.
Changi Airport website
TGM’s operating hours are from 10.30 a.m to 11.00 p.m daily, and since it’s in the public area, you don’t need a plane ticket to dine there. It appears that management is still under Plaza Premium, although the facility is currently not listed on their website.
From the photos I’m seeing, it seems like TGM has evolved into a food court concept, with no more table service. The space is also shared with another eatery called Root98, a wellness-focused dining concept.
Now, for those of you hoping to score a free meal through your lounge membership card, I’m sorry to disappoint. TGM is no longer listed on Priority Pass or LoungeKey. It still shows up on DragonPass, but the listing reflects its old location in Terminal 2 with a “temporarily unavailable” label affixed.
It’s a moot point anyway, because even if TGM were still participating, you’d need a same-day boarding pass to utilize your free visits. That’s the SOP for visits to the landside Changi Lounge too, and any other DragonPass/LoungeKey/Priority Pass lounge for that matter.
While it’s good to see TGM back in business, I suspect it won’t be returning to any lounge membership program going forward. TGM was always a strange hybrid of an airport lounge slash restaurant, and with the new concept, it looks like they’ve ditched the former altogether.
Moreover, since TGM is now landside it’ll be trickier for passengers to visit, especially if they’re flying out of other terminals (you’ll need to budget a bit more time for immigration). Also, if you happen to be transiting through Singapore, you won’t be able to get a meal there unless you’re willing to clear immigration. I mean TGM’s nice, but it’s not clear-immigration-nice.
So barring a future relocation back to the transit area, I think we may have had our last-ever free meal at TGM.
Has anyone paid a visit to the new TGM yet?
(Cover photo: The Shutterwhale)