From affordable Western delights to award-winning Peranakan cuisine

The Dempsey enclave is positively bursting with incredible F&B options, and for good reason. Some of the best dining spots in town lie in this hilly neighbourhood, despite the fact that it’s pretty inaccessible. If you don’t already know where to find good nosh at this upscale dining destination, just check out this list, sorted by cuisine for your convenience.
 

Brunch
 

Como Cuisine

This refined Dempsey hotspot dishes out a delightful combination of all the international signatures from the resort group’s various dining concepts worldwide. While lunch and dinner are undoubtedly great hours to dine at Como, brunch is especially lovely as there’ll be the special Brunch Burger, Truffle Croque Madame and Spicy Baked Eggs. All are well-worth the calories.
 

Farm-to-Table
 

Open Farm Community

Just walk into Open Farm Community and you’ll be amazed at how fresh the place looks (and smells). One of the first few farm-to-table restaurants in Singapore, OFC is a proudly open-concept eatery that focuses on locally-sourced and seasonal dishes. Besides their cool meals like the Sumatran Crab Taglioni which features homemade pasta, a laska reduction and kar lime, the restaurant also gets the community involved in farming through workshops and recreational activities.
 

French
 

Atout 

Described as the culmination of Geneva-born Chef Patrick Heuberger’s 17-year journey, Atout proudly serves French food, like Crispy Traditional Duck Leg Confit With Chestnut Mash and Cranberry Sauce and Sauteed Frog Legs with Garlic & Parsley. You’ll want to leave room for desserts when you’re here, as the Dark Valrhona Chocolate Souffle & Fresh Berries and Rhubarb Crumble with Chantilly, Strawberry Ice Cream are worth the additional calories.
 

Italian
 

La Forketta 

So much carbs, so little time. Not only does La Forketta at Dempsey Hill serve pizza and pasta, they’ve also got bread freshly-baked from their wood oven, plus wood-fired sourdough focaccia. The Focaccia Assortita is a must-try, and so is the La Tartufo (Truffle) pizza that features mozzarella cheese, brie cheese, truffle oil and porcini. 

 

Mediterranean
 

Blu Kouzina

Definitely one of the best Mediterranean restaurants around, Blu Kouzina is known for their amazing Greek cuisine. This family-owned establishment serves up some very delightful meat platters, staple mezedes, and of course, creamy hummus which pairs nicely with just about anything.
 

Peranakan
 

Candlenut

Retaining its one Michelin star year after year is Candlenut, thanks to their contemporary yet authentic Peranakan cuisine. They continue to present their unique “Ah Ma Kase” lunch and dinner menus, plus an ala carte option, that features all their signatures, like the Babi Buah Keluak, “Yeye” White Chicken Curry and Assam Sotong Hitam.
 

Spanish Tapas
 

Don Quijote

Named after the chivalrous protagonist of famed Spanish novel El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, Don Quijote is the spot for hot tapas and seafood paella. Go with friends and enjoy a wide selection of small plates, like the Rollitos de Esparragos y Beicon (Asparagus rolled in Bacon), Camarones a la Plancha (Barbequed Prawns in a Garlic Sauce) and the simple but tasty Albondigas (Meatballs in Tomato-Oregano Sauce). And don’t leave without digging into the Paella Valenciana, which is so worth the 25min (or sometimes even longer) wait.
 

Steak
 

Huber's Bistro - Dempsey

For wallet-friendly steak selections and other Western options, look to Huber’s Bistro, as German sausages, cheesy French onion soup and a flat iron steak cut are all on the menu. But besides the alternative beef cut, there’s also the U.S. Prime Sirloin Steak that sees a generous slab topped with a butter-flavoured brown sauce and served with vegetables as well as fries. When you’re done feasting, feel free to hop on over to their double-storied butchery, and pick up more meat and even freshly-made dips like baba ghanoush and guacamole to-go.
 

Culina 

To choose your perfect, most desired cut of steak and have it cooked to your liking on the Josper Grill, head to Culina at COMO Dempsey. In addition to an in-house delicatessen boasting an array of beef, lamb and veal in popular and lesser-known cuts, also check out their dry-ageing cabinet for delicious, well-aged meats. Sides like the Broccolini and Shoestring fries will add to an already filling meal.
 

Thai 
 

Jim Thompson Thai Restaurant & Wine Bar 

In a restored complex that once functioned as the main military barracks for the British Army in Singapore, feast on fragrant, Southeast Asian delights while sipping on fine wine. Not only does Jim Thompson Thai Restaurant & Wine Bar serve up indulgent Siam fare with a modern twist thanks to dishes like the Poo Nim Thod Sauce Makam (Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab Topped with Special Tamarind Sauce) and Seau Rong Hai Gap Nam Jeem Jaew (Thai-style Grilled Steak), it also houses a plethora of vino that’s perfect for pairing.