Black Angus (closed)
NUS Law Campus (Bukit Timah)
Building 4, 1D Cluny Road
(+65) 6468 1191
I started adult life as a law student. I hated every second, barely attended a lecture and dropped out in my third year. In part, I blame the dismal canteen – “lunch” was either a stale white bun filled with grated cabbage or a selection of unidentifiable objects in a hard casing of dark-brown batter.
The law faculty at the National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah campus) is a triumph by comparison. It boasts a Black Angus restaurant on its premises. Yes, that Black Angus – one of America’s finest steakhouses (there’s a branch at the western end of Orchard Road, too). And, far from residing along some grubby undergraduate corridor, Black Angus is in a regal old standalone bungalow with polished floorboards, elegant décor and bucolic views over the Botanic Gardens.
On a recent visit, I sampled a special truffle menu that impressed from start to finish. It may just be that black truffle and mushroom sauce is the best accompaniment on the planet for an enormous piece of prime rib.
As good as the beef is at Black Angus, it was almost trumped on our table by the seafood – light and crispy calamari, delicate baked salmon, and a brilliant Basque soup called Ttoro de St Jean de-Luz.
Expect to spend around $150 for two people with a glass of wine or a cocktail each.
I suppose the only bad thing one could say about a restaurant this accomplished is that it’s likely to encourage law students to stick out their degrees to the end. Which means more lawyers in the world.