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(Closed) Pamplemousse Bistro & Bar

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Located at Dempsey Road, Pamplemousse is an European bistro and bar specialising in French and Italian cuisine with a fusion twist. Owner cum chef Adrian Ling seeks to create an epicurean experience with his signature creations such as Toast & Milo and Uni Tagliolini.

Tue - Fri: 12:00 - 14:30

Tue - Fri: 18:30 - 22:30

Sat - Sun: 18:30 - 22:30

Closed: Mon

+65 64750080
$73 based on 33 submissions
Dinner (12 votes), Lunch (10 votes), Quiet (9 votes)
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pretty good food and a value-for-money set lunch in a secluded part of dempsey

to read more, visit andmorefood.wordpress.com

they have a pretty cool fusionish menu, which I think would be a tad overpriced if going à la carte, but perfecty delightful at lunch-set-price, which is also offered on weekends (a nice gesture not often seen in restaurants). the food was generally surprisingly good and better than average, even if it wasn’t remarkably outstanding. and perhaps the best recommendation I can give is that I see myself coming back here again.   the place is done up really nicely, in one of those colonial-style buildings common in dempsey with high ceilings and impeccably neat and modern furnishings. cosy inside, it has a surprising number of tables placed rather close to each other, but the place was quiet enough that we could chat. service was also helpful and friendly – and I think the food came at a good speed.  

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17 Feb 2013 • 245 reviews • 1 follower

pretty good food and a value-for-money set lunch in a secluded part of dempsey

to read more, visit andmorefood.wordpress.com

they have a pretty cool fusionish menu, which I think would be a tad overpriced if going à la carte, but perfecty delightful at lunch-set-price, which is also offered on weekends (a nice gesture not often seen in restaurants). the food was generally surprisingly good and better than average, even if it wasn’t remarkably outstanding. and perhaps the best recommendation I can give is that I see myself coming back here again.   the place is done up really nicely, in one of those colonial-style buildings common in dempsey with high ceilings and impeccably neat and modern furnishings. cosy inside, it has a surprising number of tables placed rather close to each other, but the place was quiet enough that we could chat. service was also helpful and friendly – and I think the food came at a good speed.  
30 Jan 2013 • 43 reviews • 20 followers

Pushing the creative limits of vegetarian/vegan food in Singapore

For pictures and the full review from VeganAsh, click here!


Overall: 8.3/10 I’m often lured into many restaurants in Dempsey by their good marketing efforts only to be disappointed by generic and uninspiring menus. But recently, Pamplemousse reignited my interest in the area with their combination of flawless service and creative European cuisine made with superior ingredients. The ambience is ideal for a business lunch or a semi-formal date. When I surveyed Pamplemousse’s rather short menu, I was surprised to find that the only vegan friendly/vegan-izable item was a salad. As I was accustomed to doing in the more upmarket restaurants in town (where chefs are typically more flexible and enjoy more artistic license with the dishes offered), I asked the manager if it was possible to custom-make a vegan dish. You could imagine the happy glow on my face when he unexpectedly brandished a vegetarian menu from behind a counter. God knows why Pamplemousse does not insert the vegetarian menu within the main menu as most restaurants with vegetarian menus do, especially since it was clear that at least an equal amount of time and effort was invested into the vegetarian menu. It was certainly one of the best I’ve seen in town. Here’s a good idea of what to expect: Artichoke Salad


Perfectly cooked fresh artichoke, sweet toasted pine nuts, juicy seared mango cubes and cherry tomatoes mixed with a base of extremely fresh baby spinach and crisp rocket leaves, and topped off with a slightly tangy starfruit and kalamansi dressing. Dried, sweet and crispy starfruit chips made for an interesting addition. Highly recommended. ($18) Saffron and Pandan Quinoa “Risotto” (sans cheese)

I’m always happy to see the superfood quinoa in local restaurants (it is way too rare!) and Pamplemousse did it justice – the dish featured perfectly fluffy and slightly crunchy quinoa with a hint of saffron and the subtle aroma of pandan. Another highlight of the dish was the fresh and juicy roasted cherry tomatoes, which happily popped and burst into sweet explosions in my mouth with a slight pressure. However, I wasn’t quite as impressed by the smoked shitake (lacked flavour), caramelized cauliflower (too soft), the plain French beans (boring), and the haricot beans (ditto). On the whole, I enjoyed the “risotto” but it needed something more to be sensational. ($22) Sorbet
I tried both the lychee sorbet and mango sorbet as they were vegan. The former was sweet, light and refreshing but not particularly exciting. I preferred the latter, which was less sweet, denser and had a tangy aftertaste. ($6/scoop)

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30 Dec 2012 • 226 reviews • 8 followers

Value for $$ festive dining

At Pamplemousse, 3-course set lunches at $32 were fortunately still available on Xmas day and diners are allowed to mix and match their own appetiser, main and dessert from the 6-course christmas eve dinner that was available the previous night.

For more pictures and details , visit : http://www.dairycream.blogspot.sg/2012/12/pamplemousse-bistro-bar.html

Cream of Chestnut Smoked Foie Gras | Coconut flesh water and milk | Croutons This was from the festive menu and we were glad to have given it a try. Though coconut and chestnut might sound weird together, the sweetness from both components was surprisingly not too overpowering. The brown bits on top of the soup were the foie gras that did not resemble foie gras but turned out to be it. With a crunchy coating on the outside, no one expected to taste it until the fats burst in the mouth.

The portions for set lunches are really generous for the price and very good for sharing too. Perhaps dining at dempsey can be quite reasonable if one can find really good deals like this :)
10 Apr 2012 • 28 reviews • 0 follower

The ultimate Screaming Gastrogasm: uni tagliolini.

Pamplemousse Bistro and Bar - a genteelly furnished little place which is both romantic and subtly sophisticated, be it the curved saucers, the bell jar with creamy unsalted butter, the imaginative food or the professional, attentive service. If there is one thing to elicit an unforgettable food experience, it would be the uni tagliolini (sea urchin pasta in crustacean sauce). Though it's not a main, it's so good i dare you not to moan in pleasure when you sample the first mouthful.

An absolutely fabulously decadent starter it was. Twined strands of the pasta are coated and submerged in a fabulous crustacean and urchin sauce. There are lard crumbs in it too, so that there's this amazing lardy fragrance in every bite. The little slice of sea urchin is filled with the ineffable goodness of the sea. A tiny portion to start your meal, but seriously they should make this a main. it's d*** good.

For full reviews of Pamplemousse do visit my little scribble site Screaming Gastrogasms( http://eberdz.weebly.com/pamplemousse-bistro-and-bar-dempsey-hill--gastrogasm.html)

 

07 Nov 2011 • 167 reviews • 13 followers

Great Bistro Food, Average desserts

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Pamplemousse only offers Prix Fixe menu's of 32++ for 3 courses of course with additional top ups. Warm fresh home-baked ciabatta bread was served, on top with unsalted butter, thumbs up to the service staff who offered us more bread

For entrees, we decided on the Chilli Crab, Home-cured Salmon and Pork Knuckle Roulade

"Chilli Crab" Flower crab & avocado spring roll | Scrambled eggs | Spicy chilli sauce | Curry leaf oil

Well this was unique and tasted alright but I was not the biggest fan of fusion food especially french with Asian ( being one of the few that doesnt like wild rocket?). Mr who had it on the other hand loved ever single bit of it and wiped the plate clean.

  Pork Knuckle Roulade Kataifi pastry | Smoked shiitake | Spinach | Grain mustard sauce This entree was delightful as the pork knuckle which underwent sous-vide cooking was cooked to perfection while the katafi pastry added a new dimension by giving it a crunch, something like a crispy pork belly skin. Only downside was that the grain mustard sauce was a tad too salt.

Salmon Citrus marinated salmon | Pamplemousse confit | Saikyo miso aioli | Crouton This certainly didn't disappoint! The salmon was cured for a sufficient period thus it was flaky yet had a chewy bite to it when i devoured it, wonderful. The grapefruit was a nice addition for a palate cleanser, sadly the miso aioli was a tad too salt again. Top marks for presentation tho!

Moving on to mains, the choices of braise navarin lamb of shoulder, onglet steak ( $8 supplement ) were tempting yet being common in most bistros but we decided to try pamplemousse signature dishes instead!

Duck Confit Confit of duck leg | Braised red cabbage | Pommes sarladaise | Lychee gastrique

Again what would bistronomic cuisine be wo Duck Confit? The duck confit was sous-vide to perfection, then seared with a nice char and crisp on the skin. The Duck fat potatoes were nicely seasoned and flavorful, the red cabbage was braised tender to perfection and the lychee gastrique added a nice sweet complement to the dish, thumbs up to chef ling's twist on duck confit!

    Barramundi Blue mussels | Braised fennel & leeks | Saffron & lemongrass broth | Zucchini

The barramudi was butter poached with again a nice colour, and the fish was cooked nicely, tender yet flavorful and flaky. What i loved was that the broth was served tableside! A pity i wasnt the biggest fan of the broth ( due to my disliking of lemongrass) thus i felt it was overpowering at times, but the clams were juicy and succulent, overall a good attempt for a local fish dish!

Saving the best main for the last, me and mr had their signature pasta. (Note: When the service staff recommended us this which wasn't on the lunch menu but instead on the dinner degustation, we weren't told it had an $8 Supplement, thus i was pretty peeved when the bill came.)

  Uni Tagiolini / Sea urchin/ Pork Gratons/ Crustacean cream sauce

 Top marks for presentation! Being super hungry (yes i did not eat breakfast that day)i tucked into my dish happily. The Al dente tagiolini was a +1 while the crustacean cream broth was rich yet flavorful and refreshing along with the sea urchins which were braised in the very same broth to perfection! Along with the pork belly crumbles which gave a crunch all the flavours exploded into a nice painting in my mouth. The only pasta dish that had wowed me as much before was Gunthers angel hair caviar pasta. Mr also wiped the plate clean and loved every single bit of it, and from that moment, even the awkward incident of realizing there was a surcharge didnt matter anymore.

Dessert choices were sadly limited to 3. None opted for the Melon and Sago. The creme brulee was alright.. Lychee sorbet was refreshing, a nice after meal palate cleanser.

The other of us had their unique twist on Singaporean Desserts, Toast and Milo!

  Well this was certainly unique as i was impressed by the caramelized bananas and toasted brioche with chocolate dulche. Who thought those 3 would go so well together! The nutella soil was also creative, while the milo ice cream to me was rather pedestrian sadly.

The lunch ended off with all of us having a nice cup of earl grey tea . While the deserts at Pamplemousse were slightly disappointing, the choice of entrees and mains along with Chef ling's unique twist and good presentation made the meal a rather nice experience as I would definitely come back for lunch again to try out Chef Ling's other Signatures