Average: 4 (1 vote)

The buzz: Not to be confused with the Bacchus Wine Shop in Paragon or Bacchus Boathouse at the Fullerton, this one (pronounced “ba-hoos”) is a restaurant that specializes in German wines.

The vibe: It’s all about letting loose and hanging out as a community here. Feel free to park yourself with a bunch of strangers if you can’t find a spare table here. That’s how things are done in Besenwirtschafts (homestyle wine taverns) in southern Germany.

The food: Traditional German fare from the Heilbronn region in the southwestern Germany. Go for Swabian specialties such as the flammkuchen, a flatbread topped with mushroom, onion, bacon, herbs and sour cream; maultaschen, dumplings stuffed with spiced minced beef and spinach; and spaetzle (potato noodles). For dessert, skip the apple strudel and try the sugar baby instead—a yeasty cinnamon fritter that’s served with vanilla sauce and ice cream.

The drinks: German wines have long played second fiddle to the French, Australians and Californians but owner Hans-Günter Vosseler is looking to change all that (in Singapore, at least). Here, find a wine list offering a range of New Generation, Classic Generation, sparkling and premium wines. Fancy a challenge? Try the Classic Generation Spatburgunderred, a 13.5% Classic Generation wine that is recommended for “strong people only.”

Although we like our German drinks to start with the letter ‘B’, Dempsey’s Bacchus (pronounced ba-hoos) is clearly for the wine aficionado. Modeled after a German wine inn known as a—wait for the tongue twister—besenwirtschaft, Bacchus, from the look of things, probably has the most comprehensive range of German wines in Singapore. Instead of the stereotype of darkened German drinking inns, this is a bright airy outlet with whitewashed walls and sleek wooden tables and chairs, and it was quiet with only a couple of tables occupied when we pitched up. As we chewed on our options and the complimentary bread, we mulled over whether to have some wine, which are classified into new generation, classic generation, exclusive, and sparkling wine. In the end, we didn’t have any, plumping for some bites instead. We ordered the grilled nurnberger sausages, which came with mustard and fried potatoes. They were juicy, firm on the bite and extremely flavorful; a good way to start the meal. For our mains we ordered the pork schnitzel served with potato noodles and sauce and the pan fried sea bass, which was served with salad, and potatoes with a lemony cream sauce. The latter was good; light and lovely, it meshed well with the sautéed potatoes, but the former was quite ordinary, tasting like something you’d find at one of those heartland Western food stalls. Of course you can’t come to a German place and not have apple strudel; this one was exactly how we like it—sweet, with a nice crunch and filling. Overall, the food was good without being spectacular. We’ll be back to try the wine.

Venue Details
Address: Bacchus, #01-02 Block 7, Dempsey Rd., Singapore, Singapore
Phone: 6474-6628
Area: Dempsey
Cuisine: German
Price Range: $$
Open since: November, 2009
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6pm-1am; Sat 6pm-2am; Sun 11am-3pm
Alfresco, Parking available: on site, Takeaway available
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