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.Continue reading →
Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant in Forum The Shopping Mall (金湖海鮮酒家) is a favourite Chinese restaurant of many people. Especially those who like to bring their own wines (BYO) for their meals. Jade Palace Restaurant is one of the rare restaurants in Singapore these days which still have a simple no-corkage policy. There are no conditions or restricted days. Together with the attentive service and good food, this is a winning combination that ensures bustling business, even on weekdays. They are located in the basement of the Forum Mall next to Orchard Rendezvous Hotel (formerly known as Orchard Parade Hotel). It is not a highly visible restaurant, which makes their popularity even more impressive.
LINO Restaurant at Binjai Park is a new Italian restaurant that opened last week. Basically, the former Pepperoni Pizzeria had been given a make-over and has now become a more up-market Italian restaurant. Both Pepperoni and LINO are brands in the Les Amis Group portfolio. It seems that LINO Restaurant Binjai is the first of this new tier of Italian restaurants in Singapore that is between the casual Pepperoni and the more serious La Strada. We were at LINO Restaurant for lunch recently.
Orchard Paragon is a popular place on Orchard Road. Even with the high parking rates, the carpark is packed, even on normal weekdays. During lunchtime, an extra levy of $2 is imposed for the period noon to 2 pm. Three famous restaurants here probably contribute to the lunch traffic – Din Tai Fung in the basement and the two Chinese restaurants on level 5 – Crystal Jade Golden Palace on one end and Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck (or Paragon Peking Duck as many of us call it) at the other end.
The Cheese Ark is the kind of place that we would expect to see in Dempsey, Cluny Court or Orchard Paragon. But this specialist cheese shop has chosen to open in an unlikely location in Singapore. It is in a ground floor shop of a HDB block along Stirling Road in Queenstown. It had just relocated there from its previous location in PasarBella at The Grandstand (the former Singapore Turf Club premises in Bukit Timah). Having read the interesting story about the Cheese Ark and its proprietor, Ms Syu in Channel News Asia (Scared of Stinky Cheese?) . We decided that we had to make a trip to Queenstown.