Please may I introduce to you The Disgruntled Brasserie, sister outlet of the acclaimed The Disgruntled Chef at Dempsey.
While both restaurants serve modern European cuisine, The Disgruntled Brasserie is the casual counterpart with a more relaxed dining environment.
The brasserie established its presence within The Club at Ann Siang Hill last year in October, and has recently welcomed a newly-appointed Chef de Cuisine Desmond Goh who has just launched a revamped menu last month.
Some of his creations on the new menu got us rather interested!
But it is the lovely premises of the brasserie that first had us enthralled.
The setting is intimate with just 40 seats. Theme is reminiscent of a plantation (Ann Siang district was once a nutmeg and clove plantation) with dark green tones and vintage-inspired, handcrafted pieces of mirrors that are individually tarnished and illustrated by UK artist Ruth Parker.
Other than the main dining hall and a private room in the basement, there is also a lounge area with cozy booth seats, as well as a bar where we can watch the bartender in action.
My dining companion started the evening with a tipple - Bee's Knees ($16) with camomile-infused gin, grand marnier, lemon, orange & honey - while I quickly scanned through the menu for a sense of what's available.
Food are offered in small and large plates, designed to encourage flexibility and communal dining. This is good for people like me and my friends who like to order different dishes for variety and to "share share eat".
Small Plates start from $7 to $24, while Large Plates are priced between $24 to $38. Still considered gentle on the wallet.
Some of the items proved to be beautifully plated when it arrived at our table.
Take for instance, the Home Cured Salmon ($16) with horseradish buttermilk, pickled cucumber, marinated avocados. The starting dish was certainly pretty in an eye-catching hue of fuchsia, and with slices of cured salmon neatly fanned out over the light buttermilk dressing. It tasted as lovely as it looked.
The Foie Gras & Peanut Butter Miso ($18) served over toasted brioche was contrastingly masculine, with both the foie gras and peanut butter miso asserting their distinct flavors boldly in every single bite. It was a fight for attention rather than a harmonious pairing, but strangely I do not mind it at all. The accompanying blackcurrent gel and poached grapes provided a softening touch.
One of my favorites of the evening was the Escargot Tarte Flambee ($16). It was thin, crisp, tasty and utterly addictive.
Gruyere Cheese Souffle ($16) with caramelized onions and Chardonnay fondue was unquestionably another winner! Just that aroma alone was highly intoxicating! As its name suggests, the souffle was all of egg custardy goodness oomphed with gruyere cheese. Its golden-brown outer was certainly well-crusted, coupled with an airy, light as cloud mouthfeel for the inner.
A good dish can make one selfish and not wanting to share it. But a great dish can make one so excited that you can't wait to share how excellent it is with everyone.
The gruyere cheese souffle certainly belongs to the latter category. A must-try!
Other highlights from the menu include Boston Lobster Bisque ($24) with lobster ravioli, Chilean White Cod ($38) in Remy Martin VSOP scampi butter, lemon confit and Normande sauce, and Iberico Pork Collar ($32).
Pastas at The Disgruntled Brasserie are made fresh daily. Both the Carbonara Taglierini ($24) and Homemade Squid Ink Pasta ($28) are recommended and it's difficult to choose between the two if you ask me.
The carbonara with streaky back bacon, farmer's smoked bacon and kurobuta ham was such a flavor bomb! Adding a Parmigiano Reggiano crusted egg oozing with molten center not only upped the Instagram-worthy factor, the golden yolk enveloped the pasta dish with another layer of creaminess.
Squid ink pasta stood out for its generous chunks of fresh-tasting crab meat, succulent shrimps and mildly-spicy sauce.
While the Baileys Creme Caramel ($18) has a nice contrast in textures with Remy Martin cherry compote, cocoa rice crisps and kahlua ice cream, its tinge of bitterness from the alcohol did not sit too well on me.
The Chocolate Fondant ($18) with creme anglaise and pistachio ice cream is a safe choice to run to. I mean, most people are fond of chocolate right? Always crowd-pleasing.
I like the Lemon Curd ($16) most. It is a deconstructed version with biscuit, wildberries, vanilla chantily cream, and shiso leaf ice cream which had a pleasant, calming fragrance. This dessert rounded off our meal very refreshingly.
Overall it was an enjoyable dining experience at The Disgruntled Brasserie.
The revamped menu is not extensive, but offerings are sufficiently varied. Set Lunch starts from an affordable $28++ for 2-course, and $32++ for 3-course.
Address: 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708
Contact: +65 6808 2184
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun Breakfast 7am-11.30am / Lunch 11.30am-2.30pm / Hi-Tea 3.30pm-5.30pm / Dinner 6.30pm-10.30pm
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.
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