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.
The bone marrow is a signature dish, served with persillade, like a pesto, and smothered on sough dough toast.
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.
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.
Dempsey Hill is a little isolated and you certainly need a car or taxi to get there, but that’s part of the charm.
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.
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