Singapore: The Dempsey Brasserie

8 Apr

If you’re looking for a new place in the Dempsey area to wine and dine, consider The Dempsey Brasserie – an “eatery with a strong emphasis on drinks”. I’ve been here a few times for both weekend brunch and dinner and am quite partial to it. Its industrial New York loft interior, modern bistro food and yummy cocktail list is quite a winning combination. What I also like about it is though it’s chic, it’s not too try hard and is spacious enough that you’re not forced to eavesdrop on your neighbours’ conversation. Just the kind of place to let your hair down over comfort food with close pals.

Day

A very tall and green glass of French Maid (cucumber, mint, lime & ginger beer) ($8) was perfect for post clubbing hydration. I never knew cucumber juice could taste that good.

The unfailingly rich and hearty French onion soup with thick crostini and gruyere cheese melt ($14) was indeed one of the best onions soups I’ve had in Singapore. Always a must order when I’m here.

I wasn’t too crazy about the Mini prime Angus cheese burgers served with skinny fries ($18) as the patties were a little dry and hard. But when you can upgrade your plain skinny fries to the heavenly truffle, parmesan and rosemary fries for a small fee – that’s instant redemption. Love the fries here!

The Whole roasted ‘poussin’ chicken with creamy mashed potato, buttered root vegetables and cranberry sauce ($30) was a definite winner. The chicken was very moist and probably brined in a herb bath as it was very flavourful.

For dessert, the Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice-cream ($14) wasn’t quite a worthy opponent to Marmalade Pantry’s, but still satisfying.

**For weekend brunch they also have more typical brunch food like eggs benedict and croque monsieur. Some of the dishes I had above are also available for dinner.

Night

I absolutely love the coolers here. The Dempsey Gunner (Stolicnaya vodka, ginger beer, ginger ale, lemon, bitters) ($15) was an alcoholic update of my favourite mocktail – the Gunner. Ginger beer/ale FTW.

If you’re in the mood for Belgium’s best invention, look no further and get their Signature mussels and fries ($36) which were fresh and plump. Their mussels are air flown from Boston Bay, Tasmania. There are a few flavours on offer but I always pick the classics: Vin blanc (shallots, garlic, parsley & dry white wine) and Mariniere (shaved fennel, shallots, white wine, cream). Fries upgrade available here too :)

For the meat eaters, they do have a selection of steak cuts here. Ribeye steak served with skinny fries, side salad and a choice of sauce ($38).

We went a little crazy with desserts that night. All that we had were not bad. This was the Banana & Rum crumble with chocolate ice-cream ($14)

Profiteroles, toasted almonds and warm chocolate sauce ($12)

Warm chocolate fondant with vanilla bean ice-cream ($14)

Bar counter

Booze booze booze

Their gorgeous real Christmas tree that was huge and smelt so good.

The Dempsey Brasserie is the kind of place that I would keep coming back because of its whole package. The food’s pretty delish, ambiance is lovely, the menu (including the drinks menu) is huge, and the prices are reasonable too. A must go for folks like me who love having good cocktails with their food.

Price: $$-$$$
Location: Block 7, Dempsey Road #01-03, Singapore 249671
Tel : +65 6473 4500
Website: http://www.dempseybrasserie.com/

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