Although it sounds like the name of a condo development, The Dunearn is – surprise – a restaurant. It’s located within the guild house at NUS’ Bukit Timah Campus, which is not exactly the kind of place you’d just happen to chance upon. You do rather need to know what you’re looking for.
There are various complicated set menu options available. We picked the 3-course option, where you pick any starter/soup, main and dessert from the menu for $49. The 4- and 5-course options went for $59 and $69 respectively.
The food was pretty good. James and I both had the foie gras, prepared two different ways. Mine had pork floss on it and was supposed to be a signature dish. It was an interesting garnish, but I wouldn’t exactly crave it again. The liver also tasted just a bit meatier than I’ve had previously.
The mains were more exciting. I had the shimeji risotto with scallops, and enjoyed it very much. You just can’t go wrong with mushrooms and cheese, for one. The scallops were plump and juicy, just a little on the small side.
James had a steak, which he ordered medium rare but which arrived medium. The meat was very tender and juicy, so he didn’t quibble over the done-ness.
My dessert was called a “phyllo apple”, which the server explained rather badly at the point of ordering. I’d expected something like a crepe or a pancake based on his description, but it turned out to be apple filling rolled within delicate layers of crispy phyllo/filo pastry.
We had a great meal at a very decent price point, but I’m still in two minds about returning because of the ambivalent service. But maybe that’s the hidden cost of reasonably-priced dining.
1F Cluny Road, NUS Bukit Timah Guild House, +65 6586 3260