By: Kristie Koo
A quiet enclave away from the glitzy lights of Singapore’s inner city, Dempsey Hill’s cafes, bars and restaurants are great places to retreat to after work or on weekends. If you haven’t explored this neck of the woods yet, the plethora of dining options can feel overwhelming – especially if you don’t have any regular favourites to fall back on. Not to worry, we highlight the five best spots in Dempsey to unwind in style.
10 Dempsey Road #01-23 | 9224 6611
Run by the same team behind the famous PS. Cafe, Chopsuey Cafe offers classic Asian dishes with a delightful Western twist. Think quirky dishes with unexpected flavours like Ribeye Wok Breath Rice Noodles, Vietnamese Bahn Mi Pork Baguette or Sweet & Sour Fish & Chips. The tantalising menu and elegant colonial decor and airy ambience make Chopsuey Cafe a great place to relax, whether you’re there for brunch, lunch or dinner.
13 Dempsey Road #01-07, Singapore 249674 | 6476 2922
If you’re craving classic All-American grub, head over to Roadhouse for some of the best burgers on the island. Their sinful grilled offerings include the Foie Gras Burger, the Bacon Marinated Burger and the Simple Brie-vine Burger, a wagyu patty served with poached pear, brie cheese, rocket lettuce and sundried tomatoes. If you want to try as many tasty ingredients as possible, Roadhouse also gives you the option to build your own burger. We recommend heading here on Tuesdays to take advantage of their free flow Truffle Fries.
10 Dempsey Hill #01-21 | 6479 8119
This classy cafe – one of Sydney’s best exports – has set up shop in Dempsey Hill, stealing hearts with their Sticky Date Pancakes and Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart. What started out as an Australian patisserie is now a full blown restaurant serving French and European inspired cuisine in a gorgeous vintage setting. Fabulous lunch and dinner options include the King Crab Rillettes, Seared Scallops and handcut Steak Tartare. Don’t forget to have dessert!
The White Rabbit
39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541 | 9721 0536
For an exquisite experience at one of the most elegant restaurants in Singapore, visit The White Rabbit. Housed in a restored chapel – imagine a lovely arched ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows – just off Dempsey Hill, it’s long been one of the top venues for weddings, birthdays and other memorable functions. Their beautifully plated European dishers, like truffle chicken and beef carpaccio, are rich with flavour. For delectable cocktails in a whimsical setting, head to their garden-esque bar out back.
The Disgruntled Chef
26B Dempsey Road, Singapore 247693 | 6476 5305
Situated in a further corner of Dempsey, this restaurant is pretty easy to miss. But if you do track down this gem, you won’t be sorry. There are no disgruntled customers at The Disgruntled Chef, which takes one’s tastebuds on an epicurean journey with a menu designed by award winning chef Daniel Sia. Sample his signature Baked Bone Marrow or King Prawn Fideua, both ideal for sharing with some pals, or enjoy one of the bar’s unique cocktails such as the Sea Salt Chili Margarita and the Grapefruit & Cucumber Martini. Oh, and did we mention its wine list consists of more than 70 handpicked labels?
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