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Great food in lovely settings

The dinner venue tonight was The Disgruntled Chef, located at the trendy Dempsey Hill. An interesting modern-European restaurant and bar concept hidden beneath a flight of wooden steps - how lovely and secluded. Consisting of a contemporary and vintage-glamor design, the restaurant offered good service as well.

We had the Crab & Lobster Sliders (SGD$14.00) was another delicacy that we were glad to have ordered - small lobster and crab rolls topped with thin slivers of Granny Smith apples. The bread roll had a lovely fluffy, fresh texture to it, going very well with the luscious flavor of the minced seafood meat and crunchiness of apple slivers.

Then we took something from the "big plate" section to share - Grilled French Quail (SGD$32.00), served with Frisee Salad, Crispy Bacon and Poached Egg. If you love quail - well, its taste is very similar to duck meat, only smoother and more tender. This one had a bonus hint of smokiness to enhance the flavor, and was incredibly scrumptious.

*Helen had a Sea Salt & Chilli Margarita (SGD$18.00) for drinks - Don Julio Reposado, calamansi, Honey, Sea Salt Air. This drink was a major WOW to the tastebuds - refreshing, yet spicy, getting the palate all tangy in its exotic flavor.

For full review and more information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2015/04/dinner-at-disgruntled-chef-dempsey-hill.html

• 28 Apr 2015 • 443 reviews • 7 followers

Great food in lovely settings

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The dinner venue tonight was The Disgruntled Chef, located at the trendy Dempsey Hill. An interesting modern-European restaurant and bar concept hidden beneath a flight of wooden steps - how lovely and secluded. Consisting of a contemporary and vintage-glamor design, the restaurant offered good service as well.

We had the Crab & Lobster Sliders (SGD$14.00) was another delicacy that we were glad to have ordered - small lobster and crab rolls topped with thin slivers of Granny Smith apples. The bread roll had a lovely fluffy, fresh texture to it, going very well with the luscious flavor of the minced seafood meat and crunchiness of apple slivers.

Then we took something from the "big plate" section to share - Grilled French Quail (SGD$32.00), served with Frisee Salad, Crispy Bacon and Poached Egg. If you love quail - well, its taste is very similar to duck meat, only smoother and more tender. This one had a bonus hint of smokiness to enhance the flavor, and was incredibly scrumptious.

*Helen had a Sea Salt & Chilli Margarita (SGD$18.00) for drinks - Don Julio Reposado, calamansi, Honey, Sea Salt Air. This drink was a major WOW to the tastebuds - refreshing, yet spicy, getting the palate all tangy in its exotic flavor.

For full review and more information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2015/04/dinner-at-disgruntled-chef-dempsey-hill.html

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• 05 Sep 2014 • 294 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 • 578 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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