With the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill as the perfect backdrop for a gratifying and intimate brunch or lunch, COMO Dempsey astounds with its effortlessly elegant interiors and picture-perfect scenery. Boasting 4 stunning restaurant concepts, as well as a lifestyle stall, escape from the hustle and the bustle of the city and retreat to COMO Dempsey for a chichi experience with your closest friends and loved ones.
Bathed in bright sunlight during the day and romantically dim-hued in the night, all four of their intimate restaurant spaces will make you feel like royalty. The food, of course, is the main appeal here and have all been specially curated to impress even the fussiest gourmand.
Take your pick. On weekends, pamper yourself and your loved ones with a hearty brunch at COMO Cuisine, an array of refined signatures from The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar, a traditional Osaka-style tempura Omakase experience that dates back to 1850 at Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh and lastly, the first Peranakan restaurant to ever have been awarded a Michelin star, Candlenut.
THE DEMPSEY COOKHOUSE AND BAR
Opened by one of New York’s most celebrated Michelin-starred chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar, set against the backdrop of Singapore’s modern appeal and burgeoning culinary scene, is a place where refined cuisine and elevated experiences can be found.
Here, diners can expect indulgent signatures such as the Egg Caviar (S$38++) and the Black Truffle and Fontina Cheese Pizza (S$34++) that are nuanced and contemporary, as well as a selection of Asian-inspired dishes served with a twist. Their Crispy Salmon Sushi, Chipotle Mayonnaise and Soy Glaze (S$20++) is an absolute game changer. Served warm, the combination of crispy fluffy insides with the soft, smooth and chilled salmon completely won us over.
This specially curated menu showcases the culinary innovations and refined style that runs deep within the DNA of every Jean-Georges restaurant and thrums alive under the skin of anyone that steps into the restaurant.
In a meaty mood? Their Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Chop, Glazed Mushrooms, Sage (S$38++).
Incorporating smoky, cured prosciutto into the dish, the otherwise dry pork chop is given an outer coat of savouriness while still keeping a good amount of moisture locked in. The mushrooms served on the side provide a good amount of umami and earthiness that do well to complement this colossal meat dish.
An exquisite curation of his unique cocktails and speciality concoctions inspired by Asian flavours also complement the contemporary menu, taking the entire dining experience up a notch. Diners can also opt to have a drink by the restaurant’s beautiful marbled bar before their meals are served.
The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar
Block 17D Dempsey Road,
Tel: 1800 304 5588
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am
Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 1am
Sat: 11.30am – 4pm, 6pm – 1am
Sun: 11.30am – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm
Make your reservations here: http://bit.ly/2PBU2nG
From the buttery whiff of freshly baked viennoiseries to the chocolatey aroma of fresh coffee grinds in the morning, there is truly no better place to start your day than at COMO Cuisine. Luxuriate in their hearty selection of breakfast items as well as their all-new menu that features all-day comfort fare that will power you up for the rest of the day!
On the new breakfast menu, tempt your taste buds and sweet tooth with their list of perennial favourites such as Banana Bread with whipped Tahini and coffee maple (S$12++), and the Acai Bowl with house-made almond granola, bee pollen, banana and berries (S$16++). Or if you’re in the mood for the savoury fare, the Croque Madame with brioche, organic egg, smoked ham and truffle cheese sauce (S$20++) and the Real Toast with avocado crush, heirloom tomatoes and cucumber (S$16++) will settle you right in.
Encasing melted cheddar in the centre by two perfectly toasted, sweet brioche toasts and topped with a perfectly fried egg, the former is a hearty treat that is bound to leave you completely satisfied, and the latter is a refreshing delight packed with a myriad of fresh, bright flavours.
Their all-day menu leaves a lasting impression as well, with the likes of their Pandan Crêpe with mango, passionfruit and coconut sorbet (S$12++) that boasts an insanely potent yet pleasant pandan aroma as well as a cold, refreshing coconut sorbet stuffed in-between.
Feeling peckish? Definitely go for their COMO Burger (S$26++) and Fritto Misto (S$32++) as well.
Block 18A Dempsey Road,
Tel: 1800 304 6688
Mon to Sun: 8am – 9pm
Breakfast (Mon to Fri): 8am – 12pm
High Tea (Tue & Fri): 3pm – 5pm
Brunch (Sat & Sun): 8am – 3pm
Make your reservations here: http://bit.ly/2PCQqBF
IPPOH TEMPURA BAR BY GINZA IPPOH
Famed for elevating tempura-making to an art form, Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh brings with it more than a century’s worth of culinary traditions and mastery to the table.
Opened by Chef Masaru Seki, a fifth-generation member of the founding family that first began the restaurant back in 1850 in Osaka, Japan, what gourmands can expect is nothing short of the freshest and most premium ingredients seasonally available—all expertly prepared with minimal seasoning to ensure that each tempura offering retains its pristine flavour and integrity without the greasiness that people typically associate with tempura.
To have an all-rounded and proper introduction to Osaka-style tempura, we highly recommend starting light with the Tsubaki Set (S$70++ per pax) that features a starter, 8 pieces of tempura made up of seasonal seafood and vegetables, along with a kakiage that comes served with either rice or cold somen noodles, followed by a dessert to round it all off.
A few à la carte signatures to consider—and we strongly suggest you do—include the Live Shrimp with Shiso Leaf (S$14++), Shrimp Toast (S$12++) and Sea Urchin Tempura with Caviar (S$28++). Both the shrimp signatures took us by surprise with their delicate textures and light flavours. The latter option, on the other hand, is a glorious, decadent one-biter that packs rich, briny flavours.
Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh
Block 17B Dempsey Road,
Tel: 1800 304 3388
(Closed on Mondays)
Lunch (Tue to Sun): 12pm – 3pm
Dinner (Tue to Thu & Sun): 6pm – 10pm
Dinner (Fri & Sat): 6pm – 11pm
Make your reservations here: http://bit.ly/2PJdPkU
The first Peranakan restaurant ever to be awarded a Michelin star, dining at Candlenut promises a true feast and one that would make any Nyonya proud. Designed by world-renowned architect and designer, Paola Navone, the restaurant decor features a modern concept while retaining intricate touches of the rich Peranakan heritage.
Staying true to their roots, the restaurant continues to leave diners in awe with their contemporary cuisine that preserves the true quality and complexities of traditional Peranakan food, but with a few astute tweaks here and there.
Diners can choose from more than 40 appetisers, mains and desserts from the à la carte menu for lunch and dinner or for those who prefer to leave it to the chef, you can also consider the Peranakan ‘Ah-ma-kase’ communal tasting menu at S$88++ for lunch and S$118++ for dinner. Yes, you read it correctly, a Peranakan Omakase.
Some items that we highly recommend include the Homemade Kueh Pie Tee Shell, Braised Local Turnip, Pork Belly, Prawns (S$20++), as well as the 1824 Grain-Fed Beef Cheek Rendang and Charcoal Grilled Maori Lakes Lamb Shoulder Satay, Kacip Manis Sauce—both of which are only available in the tasting menu.
As with most traditional Peranakan dishes, preparing a single dish requires tonnes of elbow grease as it is only through grinding and pounding do you get the full range of heady aromas and complex flavours to permeate through.
At Candlenut, every item that we tried was absolutely stunning but the dish that stood out most was the Blue Swimmer Crab Turmeric Lemak, Sweet Potato Leaf. Nuanced with a myriad of herbs and spices and enriched with coconut milk, this charming delight boasts a generous serving of plump, sweet crab meat that pairs excellently well with the sauce it sits in.
The green bouquet that sits on top is a combination of locally grown herbs that provide a bright and herbaceous lift to the dish—a quality that does well to cut through the coconut milk.
Block 17A Dempsey Road,
Tel: 1800 304 2288
Lunch (Mon to Sun): 12pm – 3pm
Dinner (Sun to Thu): 6pm – 10pm
Dinner (Fri & Sat): 6pm – 11pm
Make your reservations here: http://bit.ly/2PCD1JU
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