Brunch is the country’s favourite weekend meal. It is so popular that almost every restaurant has started brunch service. Some places are slightly more adventurous, they come up with various interpretations using different ingredients; while others stick to the usual favourites such as eggs benedict, pancakes, and French Toast.
The Dempsey Brasserie is one of them. They feature classic items like eggs benedict ($18) smothered with hollandaise sauce, pancakes drenched with maple syrup ($12), scrambled eggs and shaved truffle ($16), big brasserie breakfast ($24). For something heavier, they also offer dishes like whole roasted chicken ($30), fish & chips ($23), and tagliatelle arrabiatta ($22).
Nothing says weekend to me like indulging with friends over a good brunch. So when the folks from Genting were in town, Beatrice and I brought them to The Dempsey Brasserie, where they serve weekend brunch from 10.am to 3.30pm.
Beatrice is crazy for anything truffle, so we started with the truffle fries ($13). In fact, there was a tussle as everyone could not stop eating the truffle fries, and to keep the peace, we ordered a second portion. Needless to say, they are now one of the places on my list of best truffle fries in Singapore.
I was very excited when the gorgeous ‘the works’ burger ($26) – a 200g prime Angus beef patty with caramelised onions, crispy bacon, sauteed mushrooms, gruyere cheese, lettuce, and tomato – arrived. I hurriedly took a bite, but it was sadly, underwhelming. The patty was way too dry, and I did not finish it.
Most of the breakfast items like eggs benedict, pancakes, and big breakfast were decent, but nothing to rave about.
The standout dish was the signature airflown Tasmania mussels ($20 for starter, $36 for main pot) cooked in white wine sauce.
Overall we really wanted to love The Dempsey Brasserie because it has a nice ambience, and a good location. While it managed to be fairly decent, most of the food did not leave a deep impression.
That said, I’d probably come back again for dinner; the presence of coq au vin ($26), steak frites ($38), duck confit ($32) is enough to tempt me to give them a second chance.
The Dempsey Brasserie
Blk 7 Dempsey Road, #01-03
Tel: +65 6473 4500
Mon – Fri: 5pm – 1am
Sat – Sun: 10.30am – 1am
For more recommendations, please read my Guide to Dempsey Hill Restaurants