New York’s top chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has recently unveiled his first Singapore venture – The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar at COMO Dempsey. Housed in one of the old army barracks along the lush Dempsey Road, the stunning restaurant exudes a casual chic vibe. The stylish setting also boasts a bar and an outdoor terrace, ideal for pre-or post-dinner drinks.
Diners can expect a collection of Jean Georges signatures such as the lightly tart Meyer lemon gelee topped with caviar, and the superbly executed black truffle and fontina pizza, alongside a host of specialities woven with Asian influences. Kick off your meal with a starter of tuna tartare with creamy avocado, brightened with ginger marinade and spicy radish, or the simple Japanese flounder ceviche spiked with fermented green chilli. We particularly enjoyed the crispy sushi rice topped with a sliver of salmon and bound with creamy chipotle mayonnaise.
One of the recommended mains is the simple yet perfectly executed John Dory. The succulent fish with a crisp spice crust is partnered with a light and comforting sweet and sour broth. We also loved the perfectly seared grass-fed beef tenderloin, whose natural juiciness is heightened by a splash of habanero hot sauce on the side. Round off with Jean-Georges’ popular chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream, or the baked Alaska with a tart and refreshing passionfruit centre.
Prices at The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar are surprisingly reasonable, but most importantly, you’d walk out incredibly satisfied. Look out for new dishes too in the upcoming months.
The chef who is expected to visit Singapore about four to six times year says: “Singapore’s modern appeal and burgeoning culinary scene is a dream for many top chefs, and I’m excited to open The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar amidst this vibrant dining landscape. Our specially curated menu showcases the culinary innovations and refined style that runs deep within the DNA of every Jean-Georges restaurant.”
Block 17D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676. http://comodempsey.sg/the-dempsey-cookhouse-and-bar/