Last Updated: December 11, 2019
I knew that The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar has high standards, considering that two-Michelin starred and world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten helms it. But I wasn’t prepared for how blown away I’d be after I tried its new seasonal 2-Course and 3-Course Weekday Lunch Menus (S$38++/S$42++).
Located at Dempsey Hill, The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar is Chef Jean-Georges’ Singapore flagship restaurant and is part of COMO Dempsey, a cluster of elegant shops that span across fashion and food.
What’s so unique about The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar? Well, it’s a sight to behold.
I’m not even kidding when I say that the minute I stepped into The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, I let out an audible gasp. The space was so gorgeous that my jaw literally dropped.
Situated within an old colonial heritage building at Dempsey Hill, The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar sports a soaring ceiling, white-and-black tiled flooring, and a beautifully lit interior.
Just like a scene from a modern and chic Parisian restaurant, The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar was littered with white arched chairs with an intricate lace-like design, which were accompanied by marbled tables, complete with delicate glassware.
Because of how visually stunning the space looked, it was instantly inviting and blew me away in a heartbeat. It made me want to whip out my camera to capture the entire space—which I attempted to do—but even cameras don’t do it justice.
I hadn’t even taken my seat and I was already impressed with The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar. Consider me sold!
I was there to try its new seasonal weekday lunch menus, which featured fresh autumn produce such as root vegetables, mushrooms, figs, and more. These new weekday menus are available from Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm.
While The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar’s previous set menus were priced from S$40++ and limited your choice of dishes to a handful of items, its new affordable autumn menus start from S$38++ and have been expanded to include eight appetisers, nine mains, and five desserts.
Pick between 2-Course (S$38++) and 3-Course (S$42++) menus for your Lunch Set Menu, which also includes coffee or tea.
The first dish I tried was an appetiser—the Hamachi Salad, Lettuce Heart, Avocado, Soy Chili Dressing (additional S$5).
It was served with raw hamachi loin, butterhead lettuce, avocado, white sesame seeds, toasted pecan, and drizzled with a soy chilli dressing.
Though it looked simple, this salad was incredibly complex in flavours and I loved how refreshing it was.
The fresh Japanese hamachi loin had been tossed in white soy sauce, yuzu, and rice vinegar, so it was delightfully piquant and piqued my appetite. Plus, the addition of the homemade soy chilli dressing gave a hint of fiery and smoky spice.
Every component of the dish complemented each other superbly. The hamachi was tender and soft, the avocado was creamy and rich, the lettuce hearts provided a well-needed crunch, and the spicy dressing combined all the elements together while adding a spicy and sour kick.
For mains, try the Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Chili and Basil Pizza.
What made this pizza so unique was that it used handmade dough that had been slathered with smashed tomato paste, so everything is super authentic, with no artificial flavours, preservatives or additives.
Not to mention, all its pizzas are made upon order and baked using the restaurant’s wood-fired oven, so the pizza will definitely come to you piping hot.
For an indulgent meal, pick the Grilled Pork Chop, Crunchy Potatoes, Tangy-Spicy Peppers (additional S$8).
While the grilled pork chop was succulent and tender, the hero of the dish was definitely the tangy peppers. They had been torched, grilled, peeled, and deseeded before being reduced together with sherry vinegar and tomatoes.
The result was a gorgeously zesty, spicy, and tangy sauce that kept me going back for more.
If you prefer veal, try the Veal Milanese, Sweet Potato, Dried Cranberry, Arugula.
The Australian veal had been pounded so thin that even its panko breadcrumb crust was thicker than it! Despite its thinness, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was still juicy and soft.
I also loved that it came with a large heap of arugula salad, which was tangy, bitter, and sharp. Plus, it had been drizzled with an apple cider dressing, and topped off with ginger, shallots, salt, and olive oil, which gave a fragrant and aromatic touch.
End off your meal on a sweet note with The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar’s Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae. It came with two scoops of housemade salted caramel ice cream, caramelised peanuts and popcorn, hot whipped cream, and hot fudge.
The ice cream was delightfully smoky and rich, with a salty and savoury tinge that made my mouth instantly water, and I polished off the entire plate of ice cream in minutes.
With all things considered, paying S$42++ for a delicious three-course meal by a Michelin-starred chef is pretty value-for-money. Plus, you’ll get to dine in a gorgeous colonial house and be pampered by attentive service staff. Talk about an indulgent weekday lunch!
Expected Damage: S$38++ – S$42++ per pax
Price: $ $
Our Rating: 3 / 5
The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar
Block 17D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
Block 17D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676