The Disgruntled Chef

Price guide: Expensive

26B Dempsey Road, Singapore, 247693

Price guide: Expensive

The Disgruntled Chef

By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

I write for BBC World TV. Read more
#2 of 19
expert-rated restaurants in Singapore
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.6
4.6
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Nature / wildlife, People watching, Romance

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of The Disgruntled Chef

A relaxed yet chic dining experience where east meets west.

Chef Daniel Sia isn’t actually disgruntled, he just likes to do things in an unconventional way. Unlike most restaurants, which offer individual starters and main courses, dishes here are classified as small plates and large plates. Everything is meant to be shared and portion sizes are good for two to three people.

Food and drink: 

Sia is a classically French trained chef and his menu is an array of modern European favourites with an Asian twist. The crackling pig is mouthwateringly succulent, crispy on the outside and tender and just that little bit sweet on the inside. The crispy lamb short ribs with chili and cumin simply melted in your mouth. While the truffle floating island was a gastronomical mix of flavours served with Frangelico cream and hazelnuts.

Recommended dishes: 

The bone marrow is a signature dish, served with persillade, like a pesto, and smothered on sough dough toast.

Ambience: 

There’s a wonderful, relaxed feeling about the Disgruntled Chef, set within the greenery of Dempsey Hill. There’s a long, central bar inside as well as comfy armchairs. If you fancy a cocktail outside, you can recline amongst the shady trees.

Service: 

I like a waiter who really knows the menu inside out and is able to make informed suggestions, and clearly, this is how they train them at the Disgruntled Chef.

Location: 

Dempsey Hill is a little isolated and you certainly need a car or taxi to get there, but that’s part of the charm.

Price advice: 

Small plates are around $14-18, while the big plates are roughly $32 except for that mouthwatering suckling pig, that will set you back $48 but worth every penny.

More information on The Disgruntled Chef:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Asian, Fusion, International, Modern
Address:
26B Dempsey Road, Singapore, 247693
Telephone:
+65 6476 5305
Website:
http://www.disgruntledchef.com
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue–Thu 12pm–2:30pm, 6pm–10:30pm; Fri & Sat 12pm–2:30pm, 6pm–11:30pm; Sun 12pm–4:30pm, 6pm–10:30pm. Closed Monday.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

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