Opened earlier in the year at COMO Dempsey is The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar by world renowned NYC Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten. The casual dining restaurant spots an open kitchen where diners can have full view of the chefs dancing around the kitchen. It felt like a scene in hell kitchen except that they are synchronization in their dance, like a well oiled machine, dishing out dishes after dishes.
Tuna Tartare with Caviar 4.2/5
For appetizer we started with the Tuna Tartare with Caviar ($38). It is both beautiful in presentation and on the palate. The tuna tartare sat on a bed of avocado cream that was well balanced with citrus zest to it.
Fresh Tagliatelle with Clams 4.2/5
Next, we had the Fresh Tagliatelle with Clams ($20) which had a good bite to it, cooked to al dente. This is freshened up by garlic and parsley, together with the sweetness of the clam. Chilli was also added to spice up the pasta dish.
Mushroom, Farm Egg, Parsley-Garlic Oil Pizza 4.2/5
Many diners have gone for the popular black truffle and fontina cheese pizza but we decided to try something different. Hence we ordered the Mushroom Pizza ($19) with Farm Egg and Parsley-Garlic Oil. We didn't regret trying something different, the thin pizza was slightly more doughy on the rim with a little charred. The ingredients may not be the most luxurious, it didn't lose out either with its wholesome flavour.
Roasted Cod 4/5
Cod has always been my preferred choice of fish for its firm and buttery taste. The Roasted Cod ($34) is well executed. It is paired with a herbal coconut broth and comes with broccoli rabe. I did enjoy the dish but I was a little confused by the description of the dish. I could not taste any heat or coconut in the broth.
Peach Pavlova 2.8/5
Moving to the dessert menu, we started with the Peach Pavlova ($18). While we enjoyed the meringue, we did not like the peach at all. It somehow tasted like cough syrup.
Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae 4.8/5
A must order is the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae ($14) which is good for sharing. It came with 3 generous scoop of salted caramel ice cream, hot chocolate fudge, peanuts and popcorns. Who would have thought of such heavenly combination? I guarantee you will be fighting to the last scoop, this is simply too good to be missed.
JG Warm Chocolate Cake 4.2/5
An incidentally order from the dessert menu is JG Warm Chocolate Cake ($14) as we wanted to celebrate one of our friend's birthday. It turned out this is the dessert that Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten has made famous in NYC and now almost in every restaurant's menu. While the original creator of this dessert is left to be disputed. Put that aside, I have to say the chocolate cake was really good, it was really rich with a nice exterior crisp.
Overall, the restaurant is really beautiful and food is good. However I find that dining there is a bit expensive. It is probably those restaurant that I will only visit once in a blue moon. I also do not like the 2 seating arrangement. While the staff is polite enough to hint that they have to turn the table for the 2nd seating, it did disrupt my experience at such a lovely restaurant.
The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar
17D Dempsey Road
Tel: 1800 304 5588
Nearest MRT: Orchard Road (NS Line), Farrer Road (CC Line), Holland Village (CC Line)
Mon-Thu: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 12midnight
Fri: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 1am
Sat: 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 1am
Sun: 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 12midnight
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop along Orchard Boulevard (Stop ID 09022). Take bus number 7, 77, 106, 123 or 174. Alight 7 stops later. Walk to Dempsey Road. Walk to the round about near block 17 and 18. Walk to destination. Journey time 30 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Holland Village MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to bus stop at Block 12 (Stop ID 11401). Take bus 106. Alight 4 stops later. Cross the road. Walk to Dempsey Road. Walk to the round about near block 17 and 18. Walk to destination. Journey time 20 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Farrer Road MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop opposite Farrer Road MRT station (Stop ID 11119). Take bus number 174 or 564. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to Dempsey Road. Walk to the round about near block 17 and 18. Walk to destination. Journey time 20 minutes. [Map]