If you love a good brunch, check out these restaurants and cafés in Dempsey Hill. Whether it’s a weekend brunch with the girls or a relaxed lunch with the family, you’re nicely sorted with these dining spots. Tuck in!
Weekend Brunch – Eat at My Kitchen
Born out of a passion for cooking and sharing meals with loved ones, Eat at My Kitchen is all about coming together to create fond memories over delicious comfort food. Passionate about cooking, Chef Lynn whips up hearty and wholesome French-inspired dishes using the finest ingredients.
It’s a charming space, too – tastefully decorated and roomy; the perfect place for an intimate meal with a beautiful view of tropical forests. Catch up with your besties over weekend brunch and tuck into a sensational Spanish omelette, a Big Breakfast, or the flavourful garlic prawn pasta. Brunch is available on weekends and public holidays. Reservations are required.
Exotic Brunch – Hathaway
Prefer your brunch on the fancy side? Make a beeline for Hathaway! The menu at this pretty little pocket is a harmonious marriage of East and West, and modern and traditional. Exotic traces of French and Middle Eastern cuisine can be found in the dishes, which are also steeped in familiar Indian, Malay and Peranakan flavours. Think smoked ricotta local jam tartine, Pengat Pisang French Toast made with caramelised bananas stewed in coconut milk, and Hathaway’s Big Breakfast – served with a “Kacang Pool” – and you’ll understand the taste sensibilities at play here.
Weekend Brunch &Roasts – MOONBOW
The new brunch highlights at MOONBOW will appeal to even the pickiest palates. Heman’s Orzo Nasi Lemak is Chef Heman’s twist on the local favourite, which uses a creamy coconut orzo in place of rice. The dish is served with a crispy chicken wing, salmon fish fillet, luncheon meat fries, a sunny-side-up egg, spiced walnuts and cashews, and a lip-smacking homemade sambal chilli. If you prefer brunch classics, opt for The Big English Breakfast, loaded with a choice of egg, crispy bacon, sausage, potato popcorn, sautéed mushrooms and house-made sourdough; or the Hen’s Egg Benedict – poached egg, bacon and smoked salmon served atop butter brioche and complemented with a burnt citrus hollandaise sauce – yum!
The restaurant has also introduced an all-new weekend roast menu, featuring a selection of meats perfect for individual enjoyment or sharing. Try Heman’s BBQ Iberico Prime Ribs for two – fork-tender and served with roasted potatoes and a Waldorf salad; or the NZ Grass-Fed Baby Rack of Lamb, which includes roasted “Pure South” baby lamb rack, potatoes and a Waldorf salad. Seafood lovers can opt for the pan-roasted barramundi with tobiko, roasted potatoes, sautéed vegetables, and lemon cream velouté. There’s also a dish of roasted Cornish hens – halfroasted birds with Asian spices and roast potatoes.
Weekend Free-flows – Da Paolo Dempsey Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy the natural sunlight and lush greenery of Dempsey Hill as you sip on authentic Italian coffee and indulge in a hearty brunch. Da Paolo Dempsey Restaurant & Bar offers selections like the spicy Italian shakshuka, burrata bruschetta and pork sausage Scotch egg, alongside signature pastas and Naplesstyle woodfired pizzas. Don’t forget to end your meal with a scoop (or two) of gelato – it’s made in-house! A free-flow brunch is also available on weekends and public holidays, from 11.30am to 5pm. Choose between the Campari Peroni brunch, which includes drinks like Aperol Spritz and Peroni beer, or the Ferrari Brunch, which gets you unlimited servings of Italy’s most awarded sparkling wine.
All Day Brunch – SPRMRKT Dempsey
If you’re not a morning person, good news: you can have brunch even in the afternoon, thanks to the all-day brunch menu at SPRMRKT Dempsey. With its high ceilings, this chic, spacious restaurant has gorgeous natural light that filters through the windows. You can order delectable favourites such as the Crab Eggs Benedict, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, soul-warming shakshuka or one of the healthy grain bowls. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available on the menu.
Weekend Brunch – SIRI HOUSE
Available on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, this restaurant’s new weekend brunch is a celebration of à la carte brunch plates to share.
Start with a classic brunch cocktail (nicely priced at $12), which incorporate handcrafted infusions, fresh juice, house-made syrups and spice blends. The Mary Nagano showcases an Asian twist to the popular Bloody Mary, with Worcestershire, wasabi, chilli padi and Japanese vinegar delivering an intensely spicy kick to the lemon juice, tomato and vodka. The Summertime Madness is a herbaceous, citrus-forward mix of Aperol, Seedlip Garden, and freshly squeezed calamansi.
The brunch includes a series of small and large plates loaded, stuffed and stacked with great fillings and flavours, so you can enjoy a taste of everything. Start with the arancini, with dashi-infused Japanese rice flecked with octopus and chorizo, and encased in oozy mozzarella. Add on a serve of crab toast, which is finished with a refreshing apple citrus salsa.
For a healthier option, the granola is made from macadamia nuts, rolled oats, sesame seeds, chilli flakes and goji berries. Or dive into one of the tear-and-share sourdough rolls; the vegetarian Breakfast Roll is stuffed with baby spinach, cauliflower, mozzarella and egg, and served with a green goddess sauce; the Champion Roll, meanwhile, is loaded with a baked egg, mushrooms, bacon, asparagus, gouda and an arrabbiata cream sauce.
Brunch is available on Saturdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm (last order 2pm) and on Sundays from 11.30 am to 4.00pm (last order 3pm).
This article first appeared in the May 2021 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!