In this month's edition of Hot New Tables: Firebake, Dempsey Cookhouse, 25 Degrees Burgers and more
We’re feeling rather star-struck for our Hot New Tables this April! Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar, as well as the A-list celebrity favourite, 25 Degrees Burger & Liquor Bar, have both opened their doors on our sunny shores. But, if it’s a quick, clean lunch you’re after instead, you’ve still got plenty of options at these other trending restos we’ve picked up. Happy food-hunting!
The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar
The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar marks culinary icon, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s, first foray into Singapore’s dining scene. Perched on Dempsey Hill, this open-concept kitchen in COMO Dempsey focuses on communal dining and will feature a menu personally crafted by the Michelin-starred chef – known for his hands-on approach to all facets of his restaurants. The menu showcases the chef’s distinctive vegetable-forward style, eschewing traditional meat stocks and creams for the intense flavours and textures of vegetable juices, fruit essences, and herbal vinaigrettes. The menu also features a caviar section with signature creations like the egg caviar.
The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar, 17D Dempsey Rd Singapore 249676 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249676.
To the initiated, baking the perfect loaf of bread is an artform of its own. If you want to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes, pay a visit to this new bakery concept in the East Coast. Firebake’s hand-built brick ovens allow the restaurant’s bakers to utilise classic European breadmaking techniques, and ties into the restaurant’s traditional approach to making bread. While bread is certainly the highlight here, Firebake is also a full-service restaurant. On the menu are tartines, sandwiches, salads, soups, stews, grilled and smoked meats and fish, as well as baked desserts – all of which complement the bakehouse’s signature sourdough.
Firebake, 237 East Coast Road, Level 1, Singapore 428930. p. 6440 1228.
25 Degrees Burgers & Liquor Bar
Know the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done burger patty? The answer is in the name of this new Los Angeles import that promises authentic American-style burgers done just right. Pop by for its weekday lunch deal (11am-3pm) and enjoy your choice of signature burgers along with fries and a half pint of beer or soft drink. True to its American-style diner heritage, the resto also does up a selection of malty hand-scooped milkshakes (can’t go wrong with the malt choc one!). Psst, we hear these guys are a hit with Hollywood A-listers!
25 Degrees Burgers and Liquor Bar, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980. p. 6809 7990. Open Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. Closed on Sun.
Want a healthy lunch bite that’s a little more exciting than a salad? Enter Crackerjack – a new concept that aims to be your ‘third place’ away from home and work. In addition to serving up cocktails at irresponsible hours, Crackerjack offers hearty lunch options that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Some of our favourite ‘lunch plates’ (a balanced meal that comes served with a fresh baked cookie) include the chermoula chicken with Moroccan millet “couscous” and the vegetarian lentil mushroom scotch egg.
Crackerjack, 43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464.
Party promoters, Sunshine Nation (who’ve brought us kickass events like the Garden Beats Festival) now rolls out a party for your palate with DON HO Social Kitchen & Bar on Keong Said Road, its first foray into the Singapore food scene. The industrial, tropical-themed resto features an innovative fusion menu that blends Eastern and Western influences. Expect novel menu items like the sweet potato hummus with hazelnut dukkah, burnt onions and home-made focaccia, and an ash-cured ocean trout pastrami with English mustard cream and trout roe. And, as the “social kitchen” moniker would suggest, an evening here is geared towards group dining, so you’ll want to head down with your friends.
DON HO, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109. p. 6223 5001. Open Tue-Sat 6pm-12am. Closed Sun-Mon.