Mon - Fri: 17:00 - 01:00
Sat - Sun: 10:30 - 01:00
The Dempsey Brasserie is a casual eatery and bar along Dempsey Hill, serving classic European and American styled cafe food. Weekend brunch is available from 10:30am to 3:30pm.
I went to Dempsey last night for drinks and food with 8 friends. We headed to CMBP but couldn't get a table. Luckily, we saw this new place a couple of doors down and decided to try it, even though it was apparently their first night open! The decor was simple, slightly industrial and a good balance between relaxed and trendy.
The menu stated it was a 'limited opening menu' but there was still plenty to choose from, so we decided to order a few items to share. The dishes were generally European, with a slight leaning towards French. Nearly all the food that arrived were delicious, which was a relief for an opening night. The most impressive dishes were the French onion soup ($9), Moules Mariniere & Fries ($20) and the Prime Angus Mini Burgers ($16). The only dish that was a bit misleading was the prawn cocktail ($16). Although tasty, it was more like a salad with a few prawns, rather than the traditional prawns with a little bit of salad.
All in all, the ambiance, service and attitude of the place is spot on for an area like Dempsey. We love CMPB and PS Café in this area. The Dempsey Brasserie is certainly a great alternative to both of them, and we'll certainly be back sometime soon. Especially as we noticed they're starting a Weekend Brunch this Saturday!
The Dempsey Brasserie’s The Big Hangover ($35) consists of a traditional English fry-up (eggs any style, back bacon, forest mushrooms, a grilled Cumberland sausage, roasted vine tomatoes, and grilled brioche with butter and jam), a Bloody Mary, and a (very thoughtful) glass of Berocca. It’s nice to have a little extra something to give you some pep – provided you crawl out of bed before 3.30pm.
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The Place There are many hip joints around Dempsey which serves brunch on weekends such as PS Cafe and Jones the Grocer. The Dempsey Brasserie is one of the latest to offer brunch as well. I was initially drawn to its high ceiling industrial interior and hence decided to drop by on a Sunday afternoon.