Each time we return to former British army barracks Dempsey Hill, we discover something new! Whether it’s a hot date night spot, a trending art exhibition or a boutique super sale, this hip piece of paradise is constantly reinventing itself. This month, we focus on Dempsey Hill food, glorious food! Here are the latest news bites from the neighbourhood.
Rise n’ Shine – Blu Kouzina
Great news for the early birds: Blu Kouzina has just launched its first breakfast menu! Made with ingredients imported straight from Greece – think cheeses, olives, tomatoes, honey, nuts, yoghurt, bread and more – the menu is a combination of traditional favourites plated and presented with an impressive modern flair. Dishes include the Greek Galette – savoury crepes filled with feta, Mediterranean spices, sauteed Florina peppers, bell peppers and turkey bacon, topped with balsamic cream and Greek yoghurt hollandaise.
Prefer a sweet start to the day? Try Aphrodite’s Crumpets; these light and fluffy pancakes are topped with crunchy granola, fruit compote and vanilla whipped yoghurt cream. Breakfast is available from 8.30am to 11am on weekends and public holidays.
10 Dempsey Road, #01-20 6875 0872 blukouzina.com/sg
Organic Oasis – Terra Madre
Famed for its delectable modern Aussie-style menus and sustainable practices, Terra Madre can now add retail to its repertoire. The generous 6,000-square-foot space stocks over 1,000 organic and natural products (which are also available online); these include pantry essentials, organic beverages, baking ingredients and confectionery as well as specialty products like truffles, oils, spices, nutraceuticals and household items. Highlights include decadent hot chocolate sourced from a small family farm in the Amazon headwaters region of Peru, tart and vibrant sumac spice from Turkey and organic coconut milk powder from the shores of Sri Lanka.
Guests can also purchase products used in Terra Madre’s restaurant, such as organic tahini, lemon oil, peanut butter and tri-coloured quinoa! It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you can enjoy a meal on the spacious outdoor terrace or opt for a front-row view of the open kitchen indoors – a great way to watch the experts at work and gather inspiration for your shopping list and meals at home!
71 Loewen Road, #01-02 6250 2052 | terramadre.com.sg
Garden Bubbles – SIRI HOUSE
SIRI HOUSE has just launched an exciting new collaboration with Veuve Clicquot that’s perfect for any occasion, be it a birthday brunch or small dinner party. Complete with a tasteful setting and gorgeous garden views, the restaurant’s new outdoor private dining space offers two sittings: Fun in the Sun, and Dining at Dusk. The first sets the scene for brunch revelry and daytime drinking; at $70 per person, your group of five can enjoy a glass each of Veuve Clicquot champagne, a bread and pastry platter and 13 brunch plates to share, including lobster scrambled eggs with za’atar sour cream and mozzarella stuffed octopus and chorizo arancini. If a starlit evening is more your style, the Dining at Dusk menu is $98 per person (for two to five people), including a glass of champagne and a choice of either four or six individually-plated courses or a feast of 10 grazing plates to share. Brunch bookings are available on Saturday and Sunday (11.30 am to 2pm), and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday (6pm to 8.30pm). Email email@example.com to book, five days in advance.
Block 8D Dempsey Road, #01-02 9487 1552 | sirihouse.com
Brunch in Peru – Canchita
There are plenty of exciting changes in motion at popular Peruvian spot Canchita. With years of experience under his belt, along with accolades galore for bringing Latin cuisine to the region’s palate, Peruvian-born chef and owner Daniel Chavez has come on board, joining Head Chef Tamara Chavez – and the culinary power couple have hit the ground running with mouth-watering upgrades and additions to the menu. Not only have they revamped the food and cocktail menu to include refreshing twists (tamarind margarita, anyone?) but there’s a new Brunch Menu we’re dying to sink our teeth into. It features seven options from the Ceviche Bar, including Tiradito Passion ($34), a mix of Peruvian uni and sliced Hokkaido scallops with passionfruit tiger’s milk and chalaquita. If you’re looking for a bit more crunch, the Lobster Tequeños ($19) are fritters with mozzarella cheese and yellow chilli sauce – a real crowd pleaser.
Block 9A & 9B Dempsey Road 8028 1994 | firstname.lastname@example.org
East Meets West – MOONBOW
The high ceilings, delicate pastel hues and picturesque patio make MOONBOW a pretty little treat for senses before the food even arrives. And while you’re busy snapping away for the ’gram, Chef Heman Tan and his team will be in the kitchen cooking up some exciting new items from the revamped à la carte menu. With 38 culinary years under his belt, Chef Heman continues to seamlessly marry Asian ingredients and Western cooking techniques – and there are plenty of new flavours catching our eye! The Sea Urchins Crema Avocado ($26) for example, comes immaculately plated with luxe caviar, while the Smoked Eel Unagi is served on butter brioche ($26); then there’s the Spicy Garlicy Black Silkie Poulet ($28), which is served with Cajun barbecue sauce – a playful take on East-meets-West home comforts.
Block 10 Dempsey Road, #01-21 9010 2717 (WhatsApp) | moonbow.sg
This article first appeared in the January 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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