I never knew there was a restaurant at the NUS branch at Cluny Road but there we were celebrating Tricia’s 40th. It was a fine dining affair as the club specified a proper dress code and demanded that all shirts have collars.
It was a cosy restaurant with a capacity of 30 people. However the restaurant struggled to feed us as the other tables finished their dinner way before we did, and we had to wait 30 minutes in between each course. Many at the table were hungry but I smartly ate cornflakes a few hours before dinner. Also because I had slept through lunch and hadn’t had anything since 8am.
The restaurant boasted 2 set menus, one was an executive set with 3 or 4 courses. I picked the other menu which allowed us to choose 1 dish from each course. Above is the wagyu beef appetiser, decorated with what Bryan described “as if they grabbed a hamster and smeared it across the plate”. Nice.
Lobster bisque soup. Moderately tasty.
Bryan’s beef tenderloin. After 2 weeks of disappointing steaks in UK, I decided to stay off steak for awhile.
I chose the kurobuta pork loin instead. moderately tasty. nothing to scream about.
the dessert list was disappointing. It was like dessert fusion. Double espresso creme brulee? why? instead I picked the most innocuous red bean cheesecake, where I belatedly realised I’m not a huge fan of cheesecake in the first place (but there was really nothing else on the menu) and i ended up scraping the red bean off the cake anyway. The green blob you see is lime sorbet, or as Germaine appropriately described it, green cordial sorbet. It was so “interesting” i made everyone around me try it.
marshmellow nutty fudge cake with what looks like a boob at the bottom left corner.
Tricia had originally wanted a disco party but scraped the idea for something more practical. So her good friends decided to Carry On anyway and got her a disco ball cake. The disco ball, made of styrofoam, was rather cool, but much to Aidan’s disappointment, the disco ball didn’t bounce when he tried to throw it on the floor. What really caught my eyes was the Strawberry Shortcake doll sitting on it. That was the coolest part of the whole thing. We also tried flashing strobe lights at Tricia from our phones for a faux disco effect but my app didn’t work.
I had a lot of fun catching up with the gang, especially since we had been away for so long.
At $63 for my 4-course meal, the food was okay, but nothing to rave about. The service was terrible though and Tricia didn’t hesitate to speak her mind to the manager. That was probably more entertaining than listening to the guy in the alfresco area sing about Country Road, Take Me Home.
Bukit Timah Guild House
1F Cluny Road