Hathaway at Dempsey Hill is a cosy casual dining restaurant. It has a laid-back atmosphere and an interesting menu offering modern Asia cusine.
Dempsey Hill is one of the dining enclaves in Singapore you head to when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. However, certain popular spots in Dempsey can get pretty crowded at times. To escape the crowds and find somewhere serene in Dempsey Hill, you may want to head to Hathaway at Block 13.
Blocks 9, 10 and 11 Dempsey Hill house many F&B establishments (like The Dempsey Project, Blu Kouzina, Moonbow & Jumbo Seafood – see TOP Dempsey Restaurants 2021 & Reviews). Hathaway Dempsey has the somewhat hidden Block 13 all to itself. Diners at Hathaway get a good view of the lush greenery rather than views of carparks or other restaurants.
The interior of the conservation single storey standalone building has high ceiling and large glass windows. It has the contemporary cafe look – stylish with warm hues. It is a pleasant space with laid back charm – a place to while the hours away.
Brunch at Hathaway Dempsey
Hathaway is a new venture by the people of Bread Yard at Fusionpolis. The menu of Hathaway offers modern Asian cuisine – which means dishes with Asian ingredients prepared with European, Middle Eastern and Japanese influences. There are items such as Indian Riff On Mezze, Mulard Duck Confit, Octopus Bakar and Kueh Salat, Apom Berkuah Ice Cream.
We ordered the Kobujime Beurre Blanc ($32) and Pengat Pisang French Toast ($24) from the Brunch Menu.
Kobujime Beurre Blanc was a fish dish that came with baguette and nori butter. The bread and butter were not just served to give you something to munch before the main course arrived. They were an integral and delectable part of the dish. The sea bream cured with kombu (Japanese seaweed) was served with avocado crema and kumquat butter sauce.
The dish looked like a modern art piece. The fish had a firm texture and a good dose of the savoury flavour of kombu. The creamy avocado dressing added a rich creamy texture. The kumquat butter sauce was sweet, tangy and buttery and made everything taste more interesting. The sea bream dish was very enjoyable.
The Pengat Pisang French Toast was dressed to impress, though the brown pengat sauce detracted somewhat from the overall aesthetics of the dish. The luscious fusion dish did not disappoint the palate. The caramelised bananas stewed in coconut milk and topped with apom berkuah ice cream were simply decadent. The soft brioche bread soaked with the rich nyonya coconut milk sauce tasted so good.
Coffee & Tea
Hathaway Dempsey does not serve alcohol but instead offers a bespoke range of non-alcoholic beverages. There are interesting cocktails like Lychee Ginger Ale and Seedlip Garden infused with Pandan with Sicilian Lemon Tonic and Coconut Water.
We chose the more prosaic White Coffee ($6) and Honey Lemon Ginger Tea ($8).
The coffee was very good – rich, strong and neither too acidic nor bitter. The tea, with just the right level of sweetness, was very refreshing.
A Favourite in Dempsey
Its prices are in the Dempsey Hill league, but Hathaway will be in our shortlist when we want to dine in the Dempsey enclave. There is almost nothing we do not like about Hathaway Dempsey. Tucked away in a serene location, it has a cosy pleasant space. The service was friendly and efficient. The menu was interesting and the food and drinks we tried were very good.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
13 Dempsey Road #01-07
Tel: +65 96650681
Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 9pm
Thursday – Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday: 9am – 10pm
Closed on Sunday
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