With such a wide array of eatery and bar options, combined with its historic heritage and beautiful, lush surroundings, it’s no wonder the tranquil enclave of Dempsey Hill has become one of the most popular dining destinations in Singapore. Here, we check out four cosy dining spots in the neighbourhood!
Known for its wide range of meats – poultry, veal, beef, hams and more – and generous selection of gourmet cheeses, dried goods and oils, this family-run shop has a cosy bistro, too! With an outdoor playground for kids to run around while their grown-ups enjoy burgers and beer, Huber’s Bistro is a popular pick with expat and local shoppers alike. Kiddos can play in the enclosed outdoor playground while their grown-ups catch up over a glass of wine and quality food from an extensive menu of charcuterie, sausages and meaty mains – some of our favourites include the Australian pasture-fed lamb chops ($24) and Huber’s dry aged beef burger ($18.50): pure Australian chilled beef, dry aged for 21 days, topped with sun-dried tomato aioli, roasted tomatoes, caramelised onions and rocket leaves, and served with fries. You’ll also find soups, salads and desserts, not to mention a great selection of reasonably priced beers, cider, wines and cocktails.
Then, take a trip to the butchery for top quality meats from all around the world. As the largest butcher in town, there’s no shortage of choice, from Tasmanian Angus beef to Japanese wagyu. You can buy in the knowledge that more than 90% of Huber’s meats and meat products are growth hormone free and sausages are filler free. Their sausages are also made with natural casings with no added MSG. Get some useful tips and even recipes from their butchers!
Dining here is like being in a rustic yet smart French barn. There are vintage washed tables and chairs, pretty jam jars filled with country-style fresh flowers at each table, and an open kitchen and dining area reminiscent of the one you might have back at “home”; multi-sized jars of herbs and spices, flours, sugars and other knick-knacks adorn the counters. Go for the chef’s omakase menu ($85 per person) and let the team bring out dish after dish of unique, exciting and stunningly fresh cuisine including the grilled wild Sri Lankan tiger prawns ($24) with sakura ebi daikon cake, burnt okra, tamarind miso sauce and calamansi furikake, Snake River Farms Kurobuta char siu ($24) with fermented pineapple sauce, Szechuan-style pickled cucumber, homemade char siu sauce and watercress, and charred house poached octopus ($26) with squid-ink rice risotto, salted egg sauce and tobiko – to name a few! For dessert, don’t miss the the “Jackfruit Three Ways” ($14), a delicious combination of homemade coconut yoghurt, pistachio nougat and brown butter crumble.
This homely and cosy restaurant is perfect for a girls’ dinner or celebratory lunch, and is small enough for an intimate private party, too. You can BYO (at $45 a bottle), but check this out – no corkage on Tuesdays!
The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar
Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s recently opened restaurant is exactly what you’d want from a Dempsey eatery – casual yet sophisticated, with airy garden vibes. You’ll fall in love with the restaurant for its beautifully eclectic décor – high-backed, white wicker chairs that give a Wonderland feel, mixed with sleek marble tables, colonial-chic black and white tile floors, leafy plants galore and high ceilings adorned with large, geometric lanterns; it’s the perfect setting for a date night, indeed.
Start with the burrata with Meyer lemon jam, olive oil and black pepper ($18), then share the tomato mozzarella and basil pizza ($15) or the delicious-sounding black truffle and fontina pizza ($26) if you’re craving something richer. Although Chef Jean-George is known for his warm chocolate cake ($15), it’s the very generously-portioned salted caramel ice cream sundae with popcorn and hot fudge ($14) that you can’t leave without trying – perfectly salty and sweet with a nice crunch.Then, wash everything down with a tasty, house-made passion-chili soda ($12) or a girly lychee raspberry Bellini ($22).
Block 17D Dempsey Road
1800 304 5588 | comodempsey.sg
Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh
Nestled in the chic and elegant COMO Dempsey, this cosy, tempura-focused spot offers set lunches and dinners in an intimate setting. It’s not the best option for the entire family because of its small seating capacity (18 people), but the relaxed atmosphere makes it great for casual dates or one-on-one business lunches. Snag a seat at the bar counter, where you can watch live cooking at its best!
There are three lunch sets available: Tsubaki ($70), Momiji ($85) and Ume ($100). All sets come with a piece of kakiage (mixed seafood and vegetable tempura), rice and miso soup, as well as a scoop of green tea ice cream. The only difference lies with how many pieces of tempura you’ll get; the cheapest option entitles you to eight, followed by 10 and 11 respectively. We recommend the Momiji: two prawns, three seafood (fish and scallop), four vegetables and the original shrimp toast. If you’re feeling picky, you can also order off the à la carte menu (minimum order of $70 for lunch and $140 for dinner). We’re definitely returning to try the oh-so-indulgent uni tempura with caviar ($25), which is included in the Ume set.
Psst… Make sure to reserve a seat in advance – this spot gets booked up pretty fast!
Block 17C Dempsey Road
1800 304 3388 | comodempsey.sg
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