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The Dempsey Project – Keeping up with Joneses

When Jones the Grocer opened their first Singapore outlet at Dempsey Hill it was a trendsetting unconventional grocery store which also served good food and beverages. That concept is no longer unique and there are now more than a few attractive stores where the lines between grocery and restaurant are blurred. To keep up with the Joneses, Jones the Grocer at Dempsey Hill has been transformed into a new restaurant in a grocery store named The Dempsey Project.

The Dempsey Project

The Dempsey Project

Located at Block 9 of Dempsey Hill, The Dempsey Project is a spacious and attractive casual dining restaurant. The outdoor dining space with wicker chairs has a laid back atmosphere.

The space inside has shelves with colourful and appealing groceries and lots of green plants. There are communal tables and regular dining tables in the brightly lit dining hall with tall ceilings.

It is a place good for the solo diner, families or groups. It is suitable for breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea as well as lunch or dinner.

The Dempsey Project Menu

The Dempsey Project menu is really an updated version of the old Jones the Grocer menu. There are breakfast items, cheese, wraps and sandwiches as well as a fair selection of mains and desserts. Below are pictures of sections of the menu.

There are also pastries and cakes on the shelves.

Lunch at The Dempsey Project Restaurant

We started our lunch on a healthy note with the Avocado Matcha Smoothie ($10). It was rich and refreshing. It helped to put us in a good mood and we did not notice that the starters we ordered were not served.

When our mains, the Spicy Seafood Aglio e Olio ($29) and Chicken Schnitzel ($29), were served we realised that they had forgotten our starters. Since, the serving size of the mains looked fairly substantial, we decided to skip the starters.

The Spicy Seafood Aglio e Olio looked good and the taste did not disappoint. The spaghetti with fresh tasting clams, prawns and squids were given a nice spicy kick with a simple sauce of olive oil and chilli.

The Chicken Schnitzel looked less attractive than the pasta dish but it was not less palatable. The panko crumbed chicken breast sat on top a bed of silky smooth mashed potato. The chicken was tender and delicious.


We had a scoop of mango sorbet ($6) and sticky date pudding ($16) for desserts. The mango sorbet was surprisingly smooth and creamy. It tasted like cold thick mango juice. Very delightful.

The sticky date pudding was nicely plated and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sweet, warm, luscious and topped with ice cream – a blend of temperatures and textures – a very nice way to end lunch.

New & Improved

If you are a fan of Jones the Grocer at Dempsey, you will not be disappointed with The Dempsey Project. There is the same great atmosphere; the menu is refreshed and the food is good. We do not know if the name change and other modifications made were just to keep up with the Joneses. Whatever the reasons, The Dempsey Project is a new and improved version of the contemporary restaurant in a grocery – a very pleasant place for grocery shopping and for casual dining.

Food: 4
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 4
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs 3 Tops

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The Dempsey Project
9 Dempsey Road
Singapore 247697

Tel: +65 6476 1518

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 8 am – 9:30 pm
Fri-Sat: 8 am – 10:30 pm

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