I am back at Backyard@Dempsey for their Christmas Menu food tasting. Backyard@Dempsey will be offering 4 Festive Sets from 21 Decemeber 2012 to 25 December 2012. Each set comes with a choice of starter, main, dessert and a drink (Carlsberg or Pierre Jean Chardonnay/Merlot). Book early and prepay to enjoy Early Bird Discount, 20% off for lunch and 10% for dinner.
Mediterranean Chicken Salad 3.8/5
For starter, there is a choice between the Mediterranean Chicken Salad or French Onion Soup. The Mediterranean Chicken Salad with its fresh greens and chunky chicken topped with delectable dressing tantalized the appetite. The tomatoes and grapes gave the salad a fruity and freshing touch.
French Onion Soup 3/5
The French Onion Soup was packed with flavours but all of us at the table agreed that it was a bit salty. I was also looking for more caramalized onions in the soup for that extra textures and sweetness. The flavours were all there, it just need a bit of fine tuning to make it better.
Chicken Ballotine 4/5
Christmas is about turkey but the meat can be quite tough and dry if it is not done properly. Hence I usually avoid turkey whenever it is possible. If you are like me, you can try the Chicken Ballotine Set ($39). The chicken stuffed with mushrooms and nuts was tender and flavourful. Just picking bones here, I thought brown sauce is a bit too classic. It will be good if we can have a sauce that is more contrasting and adds colour to the dish.
Guinness Battered Fish & Chips 4.2/5
When I visited Backyard @ Dempsey in August 2012, I was told that Guinness is the best beer for battered fish but the dark colour appearance is not very presentable so they have the Kronenbourg Beer Battered Fish on the menu instead. I was quite excited when I knew I am going to finally taste the Guinness Battered Fish and Chips Set ($34). The battered fish came with hint of beer flavour, nicely crisp on the exterior and moist inside.
Pork Roulade 4.2/5
The Pork Roulade Set ($42) was straight forward with its strong and intense flavours. Meat lover will adore this dish. Best to go with a bottle of beer.
Black Angus Ribeye 4.5/5
Among the 4 mains, the Black Angus Ribeye Set ($52) was my favourite for the evening. The meat was grilled to perfection, juicy and flavourful with a tad of smokiness.
For the dessert there is a choice of Tiramisu or Creme Brulee. The Tiramisu here is without liqueur and on the cheesy side. I actually quite like this version as I love my cheese.
Creme Brulee 2.5/5
The Creme Brulee was unfortunately not up to expectation. The rich custard base was eggy and lacked the vanilla flavour. The layer of hard caramel sunk in instead of crackling when I dug my spoon into it.
Backyard@Dempsey is a casual and comfort restaurant and bar amidst the lush and mature greenery nature just off the Dempsey catchment of F&B establishments. The nook in the woods is a relaxing haven for the frazzled and for those seeking a brief respite from the everyday hustle of Singapore. It is conveniently located within walking distance from the bus stop opposite Gleneagles Hospital. For car owners, Backyard@Dempsey has plenty of free parking lots too.
Backyard @ Dempsey
130E Minden Road
Tel: +65 64790388
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
Daily: 11am to 12am
1) Alight at Orchard MRT. Take Exit B. Cross the road and walk to bus stop at Boulevard Orchard opposite Orchard MRT (Stop ID 09022). Take bus no. 7, 77, 106, 123 or 174. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to Minden Road. Journey time about 20 minutes.