Saturday, September 28, 2013

Dinner @ The Disgruntled Chef, Dempsey

The bunny needed a change of scenery while the bf was looking for good food to brighten his dreary day so we made a trip to 26B Dempsey Road where The Disgruntled Chef was located.

From the moment we reached the place, staff were attentive, pleasant, and professional. We were quickly seated (though the bf was complaining that the seats were kinda low) and one of the staff patiently advised us on how the menu works here since we mentioned that it was our first visit. I was kiasu and made a reservation through Chope, but I needn't have worried as the restaurant was quite empty on the Tuesday evening that we visited.

You can see a member of the staff opening the door for a patron
Staff opening the door for a patron
The place is pretty quiet and good for a peaceful, laid-back meal. As night descends, waiters light tea-lights on every table, adding a warm ambience to the restaurant .

One of the first item to catch my eye in the restaurant is a big signboard with the wine list and lunch specials. I was seriously considering to play hooky and get a day's off to enjoy the set lunch!

Wine list and set lunch menu
From the nibbles menu, we ordered Salt of the Sea ($8), which was deep fried fish skin and potato chips served with vinegar. The fish skin was crunchy, but it tasted like what it was at every other Chinese restaurant. The chips were cut too small and felt like I was eating crumbs.

Salt of the Sea
The Crispy Lamb Shortribs ($24), served with Chilli and Cumin was really good. As its namesake, the ribs had a crispy exterior while the meaty insides were meltingly tender. It's well spiced and there wasn't much of the lamb-y BO. The fire index for this dish was rather mild, even though Chilli was stated as a main ingredient.

Crispy Lamb Shortribs
The Roasted Scallops ($24) was presented with a fusion salad that had wakame with crisp, fresh Arugula, Frisee, Radicchio, among other veggies in a soy based dressing.The scallops were lightly seasoned with pepper and a touch of salt, which preserved and enhanced their original sweet "sea" taste. Texture wise, they had a nice sear and were plump and creamy. 

Roasted Scallop on salad
Roasted Scallops
The Mac & Cheese ($8) here was just the comfort food that the bf needed. In fact, he dubs it as the best mac and cheese that he has ever eaten - the cheese sauce was creamy and rich; the macaroni were cooked perfectly al dente; the dish was baked to give a crusty top to add composition.

Mac & Cheese
To end off the meal, we had the Sticky Toffee Pudding ($14). The pudding was served hot instead of warm, so it melted the vanilla ice-cream that accompanied it pretty quickly and almost burned the roof of the bunny's mouth. Having said that, I did enjoyed the moist pudding and the cold, silky smooth, aromatic vanilla ice-cream.

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice-cream
Sticky Toffee Pudding
The bf and I were pretty happy with our meal and knew that we were going to have to pay $$$$ even before looking at the prices. However, Disgruntled Chef still managed to shock us by charging $10 for half a bottle of still water. I don't mind paying for good food but for water, it's wayyy overpriced!

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