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The Disgruntled Chef

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The Disgruntled Chef is a restaurant and bar at the lush surroundings of the Dempsey hill area. It offers a fresh take on European classic and the food is accompanied by cocktails made from the fresh ingredients and a wine list of over 70 hand picked labels.

Tue - Thu: 12:00 - 14:30

Tue - Thu: 18:00 - 22:30

Fri - Sat: 12:00 - 14:30

Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 23:30

Sun: 12:00 - 16:30

Sun: 18:00 - 22:30

Closed: Mon

+65 64765305
$77 based on 80 submissions
Dinner (23 votes), Hidden Find (15 votes), Chillout (13 votes)
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Classics remain, with new, light offerings

The Disgruntled Chef has undergone a revamp (menu and space) for its fourth anniversary. While signatures (like the grilled French quail with crispy bacon and poached egg, $33) remain, the rest of the menu has adopted a lighter, more natural-flavoured approach. The seared scallop carpaccio ($18) for example, has flavours of soy brown butter, marinated ikura, konbu, lime and puffed sorghum wheat, the last to give it texture and smokiness. The brunch menu has also been switched up: it now features tartines only. Pictured is the mostly-adults-only Marie Antoinette ($20) - a not too sweet tartine made of bostock (almond frangipane on day-old brioche), almond cream, prunes and Armagnac ice cream. They also have a new coffee machine (no more Nespresso).

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• 05 Sep 2014 • 296 reviews • 15 followers

Classics remain, with new, light offerings

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The Disgruntled Chef has undergone a revamp (menu and space) for its fourth anniversary. While signatures (like the grilled French quail with crispy bacon and poached egg, $33) remain, the rest of the menu has adopted a lighter, more natural-flavoured approach. The seared scallop carpaccio ($18) for example, has flavours of soy brown butter, marinated ikura, konbu, lime and puffed sorghum wheat, the last to give it texture and smokiness. The brunch menu has also been switched up: it now features tartines only. Pictured is the mostly-adults-only Marie Antoinette ($20) - a not too sweet tartine made of bostock (almond frangipane on day-old brioche), almond cream, prunes and Armagnac ice cream. They also have a new coffee machine (no more Nespresso).
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  • Marie Antoinette
• 20 Aug 2014 • 579 reviews • 20 followers

Food's excellent but service can be improved

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For the full review, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/04/the-disgruntled-chef.html

Notwithstanding the warm consideration shown to us at dinner (the manager had very thoughtfully enquired if we wanted our eggs thoroughly scrambled instead of runny because he'd observed that my girlfriend was pregnant), service was choppy and inefficient. There were inordinately long lapses between our courses, a dessert order was taken wrongly, we had to ask for the menu repeatedly, and our water glasses were left parched.

Despite the less-than-stellar service, and the chef's "disgruntledness", the food was excellent. Every dish was executed with an unaffected finesse, refining classically comfort food with a homestyled edge.  

We had:

1) Roasted Sea Scallops ($24): plump and glazed with truffle butter, topped with crisp prosciutto and onion films  

2) Crayfish Macaroni & Cheese ($16): gratinated with cheddar and cream sauce but still light and layered with bits of diced crayfish. 

3) Braised Pork Cheeks ($32): moist and tender. Slices of soft miso-ed daikon and airy truffle mousseline sided this 
 
4) Duck Cassoulet ($34) with lyonnaise sausage, coco beans and vine tomatoes: heartily rustic 
 
5) Roasted Salmon ($29): delightfully crackling skin and moist flesh,  balanced by crisp green apple strips, creamed fennel and apple balsamic reduction.

6) Spinach and Potato Revueltos ($8): laced with fantastic moist egg scramble. Unabashedly simple, but so incredible in taste. 

7) Sticky Toffee Pudding ($14) with vanilla ice-cream: the best I'd ever had. I love toffee so I may be a little biased here. Moistened with a stickily sweet caramelisation, and juxtaposed with the icy touch of the vanilla bean ice-cream, the confection was just pure orgasmic heaven.

8) We'd originally ordered the chocolate fondant, but were mistakenly served the Deconstructed Cheesecake ($16) instead. We were mollified when we tasted the concoction of light cream cheese mousse, crunchy crumble and tart raspberries. Nuanced and balanced, this is a worthwhile order if you prefer a lighter dessert to round off the meal
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• 29 Jun 2014 • 13 reviews • 0 follower

The food is NOT the problem

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The food was quite good.  For Dempsey Hill, i thought it was reasonably priced as well.  The problem is really the service & customer experience.

We had the steak tartare appetizer which was yummy.  Then a few moments later they brought us our side dish of the broccolini.  We looked at it and waited for the mains to come. And waited.  And waited.  We started to nibble because we were hungry and eventually we finished it...but still no sign of our main dishes.

We called the waiter to find out where the rest of our food was why we got the side dish so early.  He gave us some nonsense about this being a shared plates restaurant so they bring things out when they are done so we can share.  I'd believe that if we had ordered from the tapas section of the menu, but i really think they have kitchen communication issues.

In other notes, the hand dryer in the bathroom didn't work and the place had paper napkins.  In my opinion, this is pretty careless attention to detail at a place where the mains are all SGD30 and up.

The food is delicious, but there are some real management issues to be straightened out before this restaurant stops creating disgruntled customers. 
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