Welcome to the Law School Food Guide!

One of the first things freshmen and freshwomen notice about the Bukit Timah Campus, other than its heritage, is simply how detached it is from everything else. Whether this is a mere accident of history, or subtly reflective of a certain stereotype mentality, it’s beyond reasonable doubt that Law School is simply, quite lacking in amenities, unlike our compatriots in Kent Ridge, or our learned friends at Bras Basah.

But as they say:

“Go West, Young [wo]man!”

[This is a three-part series, covering New World, European, and Asian foods in each instalment.]

 

“A whole new world // A new fantastic point of view // No one to tell us no or where to go”
(Disney’s Aladdin, 1992)

It’s a whole new world, this Law School business. Suddenly, there’s no “canteen” or “cookhouse”, and you’re free to leave campus anytime you want (so long as you’re not missing tutorials) — but then, analysis paralysis kicks in. It doesn’t really help that Summit, while a great leap from Old Summit, is still overpriced, and while Canopy is 5 minutes away, the trek back up can take as much as 10. Moreover, you and your OG / TG / project team / etc want to find a place to hangout and shoot the breeze. Here we go…

 

Wildfire
Address: 26 Evans Road, #01-06, (S) 259367
Getting there: Walk through the CCAB building to Evans Road.

Photo credit: Wildfire Facebook page

Wildfire is a known quantity to most of us at NUS Law. Despite the discontinuation of  the 1 for 1 Sriracha Chicken Burger promotion, there is a 15% discount on all food and non-alcoholic beverages (not applicable for the ice cream sandwiches and promotional items). It’s generally a great place to hangout, especially in a large group (check out the alfresco dining area!)

Price: $$
Food: ****
Ambience: ++++

 

Little Hiro
Address: 559 Bukit Timah Road, #01-01 Kings Arcade, (S) 269695
Getting there: 66, 67, 151, 154, 156, 170, 171. Or a walk along Bukit Timah Road.

Photo credit: Little Hiro Facebook page

If the thought of sriracha makes your stomach go on strike, then this self-labelled “Hawaiian-Japanese” outlet won’t set a fire in your digestive tract. The Waikiki burger is the signature item here, a lovechild of a cheeseburger and a hawaiian pizza. Try the spam fries here — if you dare 😉

Price: $$

Food: ****

Ambience: +++

 

Bar Bar Black Sheep

Address: 501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-01 Cluny Court, (S) 259760

Getting there: Walk through Botanic Gardens.

Told you, this place isn’t easy to find. Photo credit: BBBS facebook page

This place is confusing for two reasons: (1) Blink and you’ll miss it (it’s stuck in between Gastronomia da Paolo and the French Embassy), and (2) the menu heeds no attention to geography. There’s Japanese, North Indian, and Western stuff going on here. I’ll just sheepishly recommend the $10 set lunches — I hear it gets crowded at night, especially at the bar.

Price: $$

Food: ****

Ambience: +++

 

Everything with Fries

Address: 40 Lorong Mambong, (S) 277695

Getting there: Circle Line to Holland Village.

Photo credit: EwF Facebook page

HAR JEONG KAI. (Prawn-paste chicken). Freshly-made. In a burger. Need I say more?

Price: $$

Food: ****

Ambience: +++

  

Breko

Address: 38 Lorong Mambong, (S) 277694

Getting there: Circle Line to Holland Village.

Photo credit: Breko Facebook page

Breko is probably the coziest place of this set. (Hint: property agents love using this word.) Go early, before 12, if in a large group, and colonise the upper deck sofas. Ciabatta sandwiches are surprisingly filling, and the pancakes with scrambled eggs are rich stuff, great for brunch.

Price: $$

Food: ****

Ambience: ++++

 

ToTT Bistro

Address: 896 Dunearn Road, #01-01A Sime Darby Centre, (S) 589472

Getting there: Downtown Line to King Albert Park

Photo credit: myself

This bistro, unlike other bistros you may have been to, does its main courses on order, and serves them to your table. Brunch is served until 1800h, but the real star here is the fish & chips. It’s crispy, not soggy, outside, and the fish springs at you on the inside. Serving size is reasonable, and the soup+drink addition is fairly good value, considering the free flow of Pepsi/7Up. (Not coffee though, sigh.) This place does seem to have filled in the gap left by the closure of KAP Macs, and with good reason.

Price: $$

Food: ****

Ambience: ++

  

Guzman y Gomez

Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-32 Star Vista, (S) 138617

Getting there: Circle Line to Buona Vista.

Photo credit: GyG Facebook page

Wrapping up this set is GyG. Since the departure of Taco Bell from our shores, Mexican food has not been that easy to come by. Check out the burritos here — they’re thicker than some of your textbooks. There’s churros as well! If you can’t find seats, head over to the amphitheatre?

Price: $$

Food: ***

Ambience: ++

 

Written by: Eric (Year 1)

Photography by: Credited sources above and Eric (Year 1)