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Restaurant review: Becasse in Dempsey (part bakery and part seafood bar)

01-21, 10 Dempsey Block 10,
Dempsey Road
6479 8119

Dempsey just got a little more sophisticated, a bit more elegant, rather more, how do you say… French! Bécasse (owned by Jones the Grocer) may be familiar to you because of its bakery in ION Orchard, but in the new Dempsey branch has taken things up a notch. The result is part bakery, where they make fresh sourdough, fougasse, croissants and pain au chocolates daily; part patisserie, where the counter heaves with lovely little tarts and cakes; part European restaurant, and part cold seafood bar.

Becasse's steak tartare 

It’s open all day, so it would be rude not to start with a breakfast of sticky date pancakes ($13), croque-monsieur ($14), or the Bécasse big breakfast ($22) complete with Toulouse sausage, crispy bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomato, hash brown and spinach on wonderfully tasty sourdough toast.

If you linger a bit, you could nibble on small plates of king crab rillettes ($15), a dainty pot of king crab and herbs paired with apple and fennel seed compote with brioche toast. Or plump for a lunch of hand-cut steak tartare ($18), seared scallops with broad bean puree ($22) or entrecote and frites ($28).

The pastry counter at Becasse 

With black-and-white décor from the floor tiles to the marble-top counters, Bécasse has a classy atmosphere that’s family-friendly too. The food is of high quality, and there’s enough variety on the menu to keep you coming back for more, be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or high tea (3pm to 6pm daily, from a reasonable $15). What’s not to like?

Must-try dish: King crab rillettes