REVIEWING SINGAPORE: CHOPSUEY, Colonial Charm at Dempsey

3 March 2016

Nestled into an old army barracks in one of Singapore’s central green enclaves you’ll find Dempsey Hill. This little village is a relic of Singapore’s past but is also the perfect example of how Singapore manages to transform history into something that holds a wider appeal. Most of the colonial style buildings have now been turned into restaurants and bars, creating a hub of food and lifestyle related offerings. 

One of the more popular openings in recent years has been the restaurant Chopsuey at Dempsey. A brainchild of the popular PS. Cafe Group, Chopsuey at Dempsey is housed in a classic Singapore black and white building that evokes 1930’s charm and elegance. The black and white backdrop, from tiles to wall coverings, is cooled by whirring fans overhead and tables are served by smartly dressed staff that are willing to please. 

Food at Chopsuey is a slightly eclectic mix of East and West, but somehow the team here manage to make it all work. A weekend brunch provides a chance to sample the dim sum menu, featuring twists on the classics like a flakey Char Siew Puff, with crispy pastry instead of a traditional bun, filled with fresh and sweet roasted pork. Or go for something like a Sweet corn, Coriander and Potato Rosti Benedict, a rich and vibrant dish, topped with poached eggs but unlike any benedict you’ve ever tasted before.

Lunch and dinner provide the chance to sample Chopsuey’s tropical inspired cocktails like the Oo-Long Island Iced Tea or the Ginger Orchid. The wine list is also extensive with a good selection of white, red and rose. The food selection is focussed on Asian inspired choices like Crispy Duck Pau Pockets and Chopsuey Satays whilst also keeping the classics like a Roasted Spring Chicken with Cinnamon Five-Spice Salt to add an Asian twist. There are also lighter choices like the salad bowls that are only available at lunch. 

Dinner includes some of the dim sum options and starters mentioned above as well as choices like Red Emperor Fish, Numbing Pork Ribs (highly recommended) and a Sticky Lemon Pork Schnitzel. The food in general is not spicy, although most of it has a bit of a kick, but it’s the flavour combinations that really dazzle. 

Seating is arranged both indoors and outdoors, if the heat doesn’t appeal then definitely go for an indoor, air conditioned table. If you can handle the warmth, a seat outside has the advantage of overlooking the greenery and fans overhead mean that you won’t get too hot. 

Chopsuey is a great choice for brunch, lunch or dinner. The location is perfect for both new visitors to Singapore, or those who are more familiar with local food and culture. Chopsuey will also tick the box for dinner with colleagues and I guarantee your older visitors will love it! 

Chopsuey at Dempsey
#01-23 Dempsey Road
phone +65 9224 6611
Brunch is available Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 9.30am
 


MEET VICTORIA

Victoria has travelled to over 45 Countries, explored and immersed herself into each culture while hunting down the best food. In Singapore since 2011, Victoria makes sure that her foodie reccomendations are always authentic and delicious. When she’s not traveling or eating, Victoria is busy trying to burn off calories in a half marathon somewhere crazy.

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