The new Culina Bistro Dempsey at Block 15 – bigger, newer but is it better?


Popular bistro and fine foods store Culina Dempsey has closed their original store at Dempsey Block 8 and reopened a few blocks away, at Dempsey Block 15. It is now linked together with other outlets as a COMO Dempsey cluster of food and retail outlets at the front of the Dempsey Hill dining precinct. The new Culina Bistro (version 2019) is certainly bigger and newer. But is it better than the original one at Block 8? They opened at the new location a few days ago and we were there soon after to find out.

New Culina Bistro at Dempsey Block 15
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TOP List of Dempsey Restaurants 2019 & Reviews


The Dempsey dining area is possibly the most pleasant dining location in Singapore. It has a wide mix of food choices, a laid back atmosphere, big open spaces with lots of trees and, very importantly, free parking. The success of the concept can be seen in the stability of the tenants. Many of them have been there for years. Serving as a guide to the Dempsey restaurants and to help our readers decide what to eat at Dempsey, here is The Ordinary Patrons’ (TOP) List of Dempsey Restaurants 2019. We have tried most of the restaurants listed and have provided links to our reviews which contain more information and pictures of the places as well as the menus when available.

Dempsey Restaurants at Dempsey Hill
Dempsey Restaurants
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Blu Kouzina, Greek restaurant at Dempsey Hill


It has been a while since our last visit to Blu Kouzina, the Greek restaurant at Dempsey Hill.  Many restaurants are quiet during the weekday lunch and so we turned up without a reservation. We know that Blu Kouzina is popular but we did not expect the big turnout at the restaurant. The main dining area was almost full.

Blue Kouzina, Greek restaurant at Dempsey
Blue Kouzina, Greek restaurant at Dempsey Hill

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Lunch at Greenwood Fish Market Dempsey – the big new restaurant/market at Dempsey Hill (outlet closed)


Greenwood Fish Market Dempsey is probably the biggest restaurant in the Dempsey Hill dining enclave. The new restaurant and fish market occupies a large pat of the ground floor of Block 8D Dempsey Hill. The previous tenant, House at Dempsey used to occupy this space.  The second level of Block 8D also sees big changes. Furniture store Marquis and the showroom of Italian furniture Minotti are now the occupants of level 2. We understand that Minotti moved out of their Hill Street location and are waiting to move into their new space in Raffles Hotel. We were at Greenwood Fish Market Dempsey for lunch and took the opportunity to do a walkabout of the premises of the new tenants of Block 8D.

The Greenwood Fish Market Dempsey Hill
The Greenwood Fish Market Dempsey (Block 8D)

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Tapas 26 Dempsey – former Spanish restaurant La Ventana rebranded, re-located


The Spanish restaurant La Ventana at Dempsey Hill has rebranded itself and moved to another location within the Dempsey village. It is a stone’s throw from the old location. Tapas 26 Dempsey is the new entity. The place is new and it no longer has the collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Charles Gaig. Yet the layout and feel of the new restaurant felt roughly familiar. Chef Gaig, in the meantime, has opened his own restaurant known as Gaig Restaurant in downtown Singapore.

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