We’re mildly obsessed with scouting out new restaurants and keeping on top of the wine and dine scene in Singapore, and Dempsey‘s had its fair share of newbies this year! So, here’s another one to add to the list.
The fourth restaurant to open within the stunningly refurbed COMO Dempsey cluster of shops and food outlets is housed in what most will know as the old Huber’s building.
The COMO guys know how to do restaurant interiors: strategic lighting, spacious, cool (obvs!) and elegant. Out of the various options in this increasingly trendy enclave, I’d say COMO Cuisine is the most informal and accessible. Prices are reasonable for food of this quality, and for a seat in such a smart yet relaxed setting, with service to match.
Grub on this:
Keen to explore all the flavours and choices the stunning menu had on offer, we devoured an embarrassingly large amount of food. We couldn’t help ourselves – each dish just sounded soooo good. To start, try a few small plates to share among you; we went for some rice paper rolls ($18), with exotic vegetables, chilli and lime, and the kingfish sashimi ($20), neatly presented with shavings of avocado and cucumber, and gently dressed with yuzu buttermilk and soy. We didn’t stop there with the starters, and both the beef carpaccio ($24) and tandoor cauliflower ($12) were superb; the portions here are a decent size, though, so don’t over-order like we did!
Moving onto the mains, I chose a dish that I never turn down on any menu. COMO’s take on the classic beef wellington ($48) – with foie gras, truffle, and spinach purée –was ah-mazing; the meat sublimely pink, and not too overpowered by the foie gras. The latter is a bit of an acquired taste and I’m not usually a fan of it in its pure form, but it worked in this dish. Meanwhile, the linguine of crab ($32), with zucchini, peas, lemon, chilli, mint and pine nuts, was a little disappointing if only because it was overpowered by dill, an item not mentioned on the menu; I would have it again, just with a request to hold the dill.
For pud, I suggest going for the chocolate ($12), served with avocado mousse, calamansi and jiggery (palm sugar) ice cream – a sizeable ensemble to round off the dinner.
Psst: Special mention must go to the big raw salad, with Dijon mustard and apple cider vinaigrette ($22), which was a fine accompaniment to nibble on sporadically while we munched our way through this epic meal. (One request, COMO: can you please introduce a chicken or salmon add-on option to this in the lunchtime menu?)
Wash it down:
Kick-start the evening with some fizz in the form of a Bellini ($18) then move on to a bottle of the COMO Estate Viogner, Margaret River, Australia ($95). COMO has its own winery, so it’s only polite to choose something from it!
Last but not least:
The restaurant’s all-day menu means COMO Cuisine is a great spot for many an occasion; be it an informal business lunch, ladies’ lunch or special celebration. While they do welcome kids (anything from the menu can be made into a smaller portion), it’s not really the place for noisy little guests. So, treat yourself to some adult-only time in this chic and cool new hotspot.
By Emi Finch
18a Dempsey Road
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