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The University Club - Lounge & Dining Rooms

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The University Club leveraging on its reputation for inimitable service and mouth-watering creations with distinctive dining concepts which are often off-the-beaten-track.

+65 67798919
$31 based on 17 submissions
Business Dining (3 votes), Lunch (3 votes), Quiet (3 votes)
The Hungry Bunny

Lovely ambience but so-so food

For the full review, please go to http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/09/the-university-club-by-prive.html

As with most Prive establishments, the food was a mixed bag with most dishes hovering around the average mark. The somewhat hit-and-miss fare is alleviated by how attractively affordable their set lunches are, with 2-courses and 3-courses priced at only $25 and $28 respectively. 

We had:

1) Smoked Duck Salad (+$2 to the set pricing): the smoked duck was excellent, with nary a hint of game
 
2) Spinach & Brie Salad - with fried artichokes alongside black olives, cherry tomatoes and puffed buckwheat tossed in a sherry vinaigrette
 
3) Paprika Salami & Sous Vide Egg - with chewy cauliflower cous cous to the crunch of the sweet potato strips, and the half-boiled egg slurry. That said, I didn't take to the salami. It had a sour tinge that didn't sit well with the rest of the parts.  
 
4) Herb Roasted Spring Chicken: outstanding. It was juicy and moist where it needed to be, and flavoursome to the bone. Garlic baby potatoes, roasted parsnip and fresh arugula sided this, but the mushroom cream sauce was a little cloying with the full cream.
 
5) Zucchini & Basil Pappardelle: delicate, if a little bland, drawing on the uplifting peppery accents of the basil for taste.

6) Chocolate Sponge confection of michel cluizel 55% dark chocolate ganache & Raspberry Sorbet: Despite its potential, the fudge sponge was a little clunky, and lacking in refinement. We liked the sorbet though, it was refreshing, fruity and tart

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16 Sep 2014 • 579 reviews • 21 followers

Lovely ambience but so-so food

For the full review, please go to http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/09/the-university-club-by-prive.html

As with most Prive establishments, the food was a mixed bag with most dishes hovering around the average mark. The somewhat hit-and-miss fare is alleviated by how attractively affordable their set lunches are, with 2-courses and 3-courses priced at only $25 and $28 respectively. 

We had:

1) Smoked Duck Salad (+$2 to the set pricing): the smoked duck was excellent, with nary a hint of game
 
2) Spinach & Brie Salad - with fried artichokes alongside black olives, cherry tomatoes and puffed buckwheat tossed in a sherry vinaigrette
 
3) Paprika Salami & Sous Vide Egg - with chewy cauliflower cous cous to the crunch of the sweet potato strips, and the half-boiled egg slurry. That said, I didn't take to the salami. It had a sour tinge that didn't sit well with the rest of the parts.  
 
4) Herb Roasted Spring Chicken: outstanding. It was juicy and moist where it needed to be, and flavoursome to the bone. Garlic baby potatoes, roasted parsnip and fresh arugula sided this, but the mushroom cream sauce was a little cloying with the full cream.
 
5) Zucchini & Basil Pappardelle: delicate, if a little bland, drawing on the uplifting peppery accents of the basil for taste.

6) Chocolate Sponge confection of michel cluizel 55% dark chocolate ganache & Raspberry Sorbet: Despite its potential, the fudge sponge was a little clunky, and lacking in refinement. We liked the sorbet though, it was refreshing, fruity and tart
16 Jun 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Hidden Gem in NUS open to public

Very nice place and the menu for lunch set changes every two weeks. Must try the desserts! Hidden Gem in NUS, open to public
crab meat cannelloni
14 Jun 2014 • 148 reviews • 6 followers

On the 6-course seafood meal

For the full review with pictures, go here: http://pickledpeas.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/dinner-at-the-university-club   This is my second review of this place, this time for dinner. We went to the University Club for dinner because they had this seafood 6 course meal promotion [$68] in May and we wanted to try it. I really didn’t like how it turned out, however! Perhaps it was because we were catching the tail end of the seafood season :S but still they should just eliminate the set meal instead of serving some of the not so fresh seafood.   Here are the many forks for LZ’s seafood meal. Only one of us ordered the set since we wanted to try other things.   LZ's first appetizer was little clumps of bay scallops in horseradish mayonnaise and microgreens. Not bad. Then he a few slabs of cured norwegian salmon with ikura, which I also don’t take. I assume all these were quite good.   I ordered a spanner crab cappuccino [$16] since I couldn’t eat any of the raw stuff; this was pretty good although the soup base seems to be more prawn stock based than crab.    The pasta course was cannelloni filled with spinach and ricotta and served in a tomato crab sauce. It was so-so, the crab in the sauce was a bit fishy smelling.   I ordered a vegetarian main course – grilled portabellas with lentils and a balsamic reduction [$18]. Didn’t like the lentils too much but the portabellas were good and roasted.   The best part of the meal was the salted egg yolk prawn linguine [$23] which is not on the seafood set menu. We liked this a lot – it was very fusion, and fusion done well. The creaminess of the salted egg yolk sauce paired with bacon and jumbo prawns really ups the ante for this dish.   The main dish for the seafood menu was an extremely thick spanish seafood broth that was tomato based and had lots of shellfish and fish. It was really fishy though, I didn’t like it at all and somehow I don’t have a picture for it.   And the chocolate caramel fondant [$14] was so amazing! The caramel here is more like a toffee and was sticky and chewy and just beautiful. No dairy in the caramel at all.   The seafood meal comes with a coconut mousse with pineapple and lychee which I don’t take either. So I think in general they do set meals very well, just that the items in this seafood menu really didn’t appeal to me. Of course I wouldn’t write this off as a place to eat at all, since most of my likes and dislikes here are due to personal preference more than anything else. I do think the seafood served in the seafood set meal were a lot less fresh than the usual fare I have here though for lunch.
ribs and new potatoes
19 Dec 2013 • 148 reviews • 6 followers

Amazing lunch and dinner sets

See full review with pictures here.

This is one of those perfect places to go to for a work lunch when you’re celebrating something special, particularly if you work in the science park. Reservations are usually not required for lunch, unless you have a large group. Flip flops are also not allowed! I was turned away once because of that. Sandals are fine though. They have set lunches at $25++ for 2 courses and $28++ for 3 courses, just like theRoadhouse. The menu is split into appetizers, mains, and desserts, with about 5 options in each section – something to please everybody. There are also optional add ons (usually $2 or $4 extra) if you want scallops as an appetizer, or beef as a main, etc. This time, L had the tuna carpaccio dressed in soy and yuzu to start.  I am not a fan of raw fish, so I ordered the Caesar salad. This place does the best Caesar salad in Singapore, with great dressing, very nice parmesan, and a beautifully poached egg (if you are ordering it for dinner) I had the grilled ribs with new potatoes as a main – it was exquisite. Even the broccoli was steamed in some kind of white wine. I’ve never seen anywhere put so much effort into broccoli (well, the Ocean Restaurant at the SEA Aquarium does a pretty good broccoli too)
And L had the spaghettini – I can’t really remember what was in here. Dashi? Ebiko? Their pastas are always very nice. For dessert, we had the brownie with chocolate salt. The brownie was super moist and tender, almost like the inside of a lava cake. And also the creme brulee which was pretty good, despite them not caramelizing the sugar properly. I’m usually not a fan of ordering creme brulee because I use Alton Brown’s recipe and it is perfect. However heavy cream is expensive here and sometimes you don’t want to go to the trouble of making like 8 ramekins of creme brulee and run the risk of eating creme brulee for the next three days. I really love this place, it’s one of my favourite dining places in Singapore. You don’t need to be an NUS alumnus or even student (for I am neither) to book a spot here, unlike the Scholar in the guildhouse, but it helps if you are ordering a la carte items if you’re here for dinner because they give a 25% discount I think.
27 Aug 2012 • 42 reviews • 0 follower

Excellent food

Had the $28 set lunch which consisted of ballotine of tiger prawn, the pan fried Atlantic Halibut and creme brulee. The food was excellent ! Ambience was lovely. Service was just right. The somen which came with the prawn ballotine was melt in mouth delicious ! The sauteed leeksm beetroot chutney and white bean puree was cooked to perfection and blended well with the fish. The vanilla creme brulee topped with a delightful citrus fruit salad was the best I have ever tasted. I definitely will go back for more.

My friends who tried the Coriander cured salmon, blue swimmer crab fettucinne and salted nut tart liked their food too.

This food is very reasonably priced for the excellent quality and taste. A freshly baked bread roll is complimentary.

The lounge next to the restaurant and the outdoor area is cosy and quiet.