PS. Cafe @ Harding Road

PS. Cafe @ Harding Road

After all these years, PS. Cafe at Harding Road still packs them in. On a weekday afternoon, the place was almost full by 1 pm.  It seemed like there were people from all over the world there and we heard Korean, French, Japanese and several other languages spoken there. The vibrancy of the cafe, the lush greenery of  Dempsey Hill and the interesting mix of patrons all add to the attraction of the PS. Cafe. It is a delightful place to soak in the atmosphere or to people watch. Continue reading →

Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant

Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant at Joo Chiat

Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant at Joo Chiat Place, with its bright tablecloths and wet tissue packs, provides a stark contrast to the elegant setting of the University Club (our previous post). The Peranakan style decor is not what the restaurant is noted for but it has won a list of accolades for its authentic nonya cuisine. They serve all the staple nonya dishes such as ayam bua kuluak, babi ponteh, sambal sotong, kepetin bak wan, assam fish head and aassorted kueh-kueh. Continue reading →

The University Club

Located in the Shaw Foundation Alumni House at the fringe of the Kent Ridge grounds of NUS, the University Club is a restaurant catering primarily to the NUS staff and alumni, but is also open to the public. Operated by the Prive Group which has several F&B outlets in Singapore, the University Club serves a western style cuisine with an Asian twist.

The University Club

We had two starters – the spicy grilled squid ($16) and the miso broth foie gras ($24).

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The foie gras was very creamy and went well with the miso broth. It was a generous portion of foie gras but was still manageable because it did not have a strong livery taste. The spicy squid was gently grilled. It was of good consistency although we would have preferred it to be slightly more grilled to get a smoky flavour. Both were very well presented.

For mains, we ordered a pan fried Spanish mackerel fillet ($24) and miso glazed egg plant ($18).

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A vegetarian dish, the egglant was juicy and very well complimented with the miso sauce.  The mackerel was fresh but was a tad dry.  The olive oil and capers rescued the dish.

Although out of the way, the University Club is a nice place to go for a quiet dinner in an elegant restaurant with the attendance of  professional staff. We were told that lunch is a different story as it is full house most of the time. Although the prices are not low, they are reasonable. If you are an NUS staff or an NUSS alumni member, the price gets even more attractive with a 25% discount. The only negative we can see is the limited menu. Once you are here for a few times, you would have basically covered most of the menu items. Hopefully the menu is refreshed frequently enough.

Food : 4
Service : 4
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 4
Overall Rating : 4 TOPs    3 Tops


The University Club
Shaw Foundation Alumni House, #04-02
11 Kent Ridge Drive
Singapore 119244

Tel: +65 6779 8919


The Ordinary Patrons
a Singapore food blog by ordinary people looking for places to eat

The Dining Room @ Frasers Suites, River Valley

The Dining Room is the all-day cafe of the Frasers Suites at River Valley, just behind Valley Point. It is meant to be an amenity for residents of the serviced apartments but is open to the general public.

They have a full menu offering Asian items, like satay and crispy prawn noodles, as well as western dishes such as grilled chicken and pastas. The set lunch menu changes weekly. There is a choice of Japanese Bento Set, a Western Set or a Local Set. Continue reading →