Fish and chips with truffle fries
Dempsey Hill continues to sprout new and exciting places to eat and drink. Less than a week since its opening, we went to the Dempsey Brasserie for lunch on Sunday.
The place is buzzing with activity and the sound of people chatting over their coffees and food. With its high ceilings, tons of natural light and industrial decor, it appealed to me to “come on in, join us, this is a happy place to be”. The entire place reflected this, right down to the friendly and helpful staff.
Caesar salad with prawns
On our table we ordered a caesar salad with prawns – crisp romaine lettuce and ciabatta croutons in a light caesar dressing, topped with a coddled egg and prawns and covered with parmesan shavings. This dish sounded good on the menu, and, according to my friends, tasted fantastic (I had to make a difficult choice on a lazy Sunday afternoon). I would have liked to see the prawns chargrilled to add some colour contrast to the salad but I love how the dressing didn’t weigh down the lettuce and kept the entire dish light and fresh.
I ordered the fish and chips and asked for truffle fries instead of plain shoestring chips. The fish came served in small portions with a nice crisp batter that still had softness to it inside, and the fish was beautifully steamed rather than heavy and oily. The small pieces of fish made the meal so much more palatable, to me, anyway, rather than having to tackle a huge fillet of fish, and the portion was just right for lunch. And the truffle fries were so wonderfully…truffly.
The coffee…well….ok, coming from Sydney my standards are very high, and I would say that the coffee is acceptable for Singapore standards, but they need to train their staff not to heat the milk so that it burns the coffee (making it bitter). It also doesn’t keep those of us in need of their weekend caffeine hit waiting. Admittedly, I did have a busy weekend of entertaining visiting friends, so I might have been a bit less tolerant than normal 🙂
The Dempsey Brasserie is a great new place for those who want a leisurely meal in a lively environment. They are also open for dinner, and later in the evening it transforms into a bar. It will be interesting to see how they work with the space to change the ambience from day to night. A good enough reason for me to want to go and visit again!
The Dempsey Brasserie
Blk 7 Dempsey Road, #01-03 Singapore
Tel: +65 6473 4500
Mon–Fri: 5pm – 1am
Sat–Sun: 10.30am – 1am