This article is written for NUS Engineering Club magazine, The Fuse. Keep a look out for it some time in September!
Students these days hardly have time for a decent lunch: Projects to rush, meetings to discuss and dreaded report deadlines to meet, we gulp down whatever we can to save precious time. But summer break is a different matter all together! CAP and module bidding can wait, it’s time to feast!
Located within NUS Bukit Timah Campus (You lucky lawyers and politicians-to-be!), The Dunearn @ NUSS is a western establishment serving Asian-inspired cuisine, occupying part of a colonial-styled house with elegant indoor decor and a more laid-back alfresco area among the lush greenery. Price-wise, the monthly set lunches are pretty affordable and very valued for money!
Served in a wrapped napkin, the complementary Foccacia Bread was a pleasure to munch on, being warm and fluffy with the wonderful aroma of garden herbs. I’m not teaching you to be greedy, but hey, with free flow of fresh fruit juices, it made sense to try out all three (Mango, Orange and Watermelon) options right?
Our starter of Pomelo & Mesclun Salad was tangy sour and whetted our appetite nicely, while I preferred the heavier-tasting Cream of Roasted Butternut Pumpkin over the lighter option of Shimeji Mushroom Consomme .
Here come the mains! Seared Frog Legs with Garlic Cream Sauce was splendidly executed with meaty portions and ridden of game taste, paired with roasted baby potatoes and sautéed spinach.
The Roasted Ribeye Loin in Red Wine Pepper Sauce was one of the best steaks I had eaten in quite a while. Done to perfect medium with a pink centre, robust beef flavor was released with every bite! Tone down that carnivore in you with some potato gratin and daily greens!
Need your carbs? The Creamy Asparagus Pasta was done al-dente and didn’t overdose us with cream richness, further enhancing the experience with a drop of truffle oil.
There’s always space for desserts! Poached Red Wine Cherries with Amaretto Sabayon was tastefully presented, light in flavour with a touch of lemon icing. The colourful Soursop Broth with Mango Sorbet had a good blend of sweet and sourness and came with cute melon balls, satisfying that little gap in your stomach!
Ending it off with a warm cup of coffee/tea, The Dunearn definitely won us over in terms of presentation, quality and environment. Go on, laze the afternoon away with friends and loved ones, you need that battery recharged before facing the hectic school term again!
Post-note: It wasn't because I was writing for a published production that I sang such high praises for The Dunearn, but the overall experience was honestly that good! I would surely be eyeing for a return visit, especially so if the weather could spare me for the long walk in!
1F Cluny Road, Bukit Timah Guild House
Tel: 6586 3263
Set Lunches are priced at $25++ for 3 course, $28++ for 4 course
Check their website for monthly menu
Open to public, dress code applies
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