For special nights out, we like to head to buzzing Dempsey Hill. Dempsey's one of Singapore's prime dining destinations, and thanks to Deliveroo you don't even have to head out to make the most of it. Whether you're in the mood for homemade pasta or haute cuisine, you can find it here. With such a wide range of top-notch choices, it can be difficult to narrow the field down. We've got your back with these five superstars of the Dempsey culinary scene.
The Disgruntled Chef
You may know celebrity chef Daniel Sia runs The Disgruntled Chef like a total boss. This new kid on the block offers plates both small and large, to mix and match as you please. The idea is that you can enjoy your own made-to-order fine dining experience, eating whatever looks good in no particular order. Creamy mac and cheese comes dressed up with black truffles and crayfish, while braised veal cheeks come with a Yorkshire pudding. Large plates are playful and creative, like the duck and charcoal waffle with Foie gras butter. It's all the fancy without the fussy.
Dempsey has its very own branch of the ever-popular JUMBO Seafood Restaurant. It's one of Singapore's top restaurant chains, serving up the catch of the day with spicy sambal or savoury dipping sauces. There's plenty of prawns, sea bass, and pork ribs to put a smile on your face, but crab is the star of the show at JUMBO. The restaurant's chilli crab has taken top prize at the Singapore Food Festival which is no small feat. Take one bite and you'll soon realise why. If you want to turn it up a notch, order the black pepper crab. The sweetness of the crab meat shines through in both dishes, with peppery sauces so good you'll want to scoop up every last drop.
La Forketta Gastronomia Italiana
Another prize-winning restaurant on our list is La Forketta, deemed Singapore's best restaurant by Singapore Tatler in 1996 and Wine & Dine in 1997. One thing's for sure: this romantic restaurant hasn't dropped in quality over the years. You'll be able to enjoy home-style cooking good enough to impress even an Italian grandmother. La Forketta sources its products from Southern Italy's Apulian region, with barrel-aged vinegar and fruity olive oil bringing each and every dish to life. You can keep it simple with a pizza topped with organic tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella. But if you're ready for pizza that'll knock your socks off, order the 'Mare' pie hand-tossed with squid ink dough, fresh seafood and pecorino cheese.
Bring on the moussaka and dolmades, because Blu Kouzina delivers. This Greek restaurant consistently delights Dempsey visitors with its delish Mediterranean cuisine. Choose from a staggering selection of hot and cold mezes, grilled chicken skewers and lamb dishes. Vegetarians are also treated with TLC here. There are plenty of meat-free choices like juicy stuffed eggplant and baked spinach pie. And no matter how much you've eaten, there's always somehow room for baklava.
Get the gastropub experience at House, where simple comfort food gets an upscale twist. Dig into the restaurant's classy pastas, ideal for endless fork twirling. The basic spaghetti with olive oil gets an upgrade from fresh New Zealand clams and chilli flakes, while the black pepper linguine is topped with chargrilled prawns and a sprinkling of caviar. Meat dishes are seared to perfection, whether you opt for the bone marrow and steak burger or harissa rib-eye steak. Don't worry, you'll be forgiven for licking your fingers after chowing down on the baby back ribs or golden truffle fries.
Are you keen to get a taste of Dempsey's hottest restaurants? No problem, just order your meal from Deliveroo today and see what all the fuss is about.