14 August 2012
Backyard @ Dempsey
Venue: 130E Minden Road Singapore 248819
Contact: +65 6479 0388
Opening Hours: Daily 11.00am - 12.00am
- The Shop
The laid back alfresco bar and restaurant sits amidst lush and greenery in a quaint little nook just off the Dempsey catchment of F&B establishments.
They offer a wide selection of both western and local favorites all day, good ol’ comfort fare you can tuck heartily into at palatable prices. With its great central location, ample free gravelled parking lots, refreshing breather amidst an urban concrete jungle, makes a good time-out from the hectic bustle of life and revel in nature's offering. Oh, did I tell you their happy hour last all day till 7.30pm?
Live bands that play every Friday night starting at 7.30pm till late.
- The Food
Backyard Jungle Juice @ $11 before 7.30pm, $14 after 7.30pm
A refreshing concoction composed of gin, pomegranate and mango. There was aroma of dry and somewhat acidic lime taste too.
Cream of Shitake Mushroom @ $6.30
The mushroom soup was less creamy than the usual mushroom soup, not cloyingly rich yet filled with earthy flavor. The soup is served generously with sliced mushroom.
Lobster Bisque @ $7.30
The bisque was lighter and much thinner but smooth and filled with bites of lobster meat.
Ayam Goreng Kunyit @ $2.10/pcs (minimum 3 per order)
The taut and crispy skin kampong style fried chicken wings marinated in turmeric & cumin is prefect to go with your booze. On the downside, the wings were slightly over-fried and a tad dry.
Spam Fries @ $9.80
A medley of tempura fried luncheon meat fries was slightly crisp and tender. Amazingly it is not as greasy as one will think. They're a great appetizer or snack and the wasabi mayo dip is the perfect accompaniment. You should enjoy with a pint of icy cold beer!
Spinach Salad with Marinated Chick Peas & Feta with Grilled Chicken @ $14.30
The salad dressing was light and mildly flavorful. Grilled chicken a tad dry and tough.
Kronenbourg Beer Battered Fish & Chips @ $14.30
Fish filets coated in light beer batter was fried to perfection and succulent. Accompanied with tangy tartar sauce.
Pomodoro Sausage Linguine @ $12.80
Linguini with sliced chicken sausage in a light cream herbed pomodoro sauce. Ask for
the spicy Italian pork sausage version (for a dollar) if you want a little more oomph!
Grilled Chicken Spaghetti @ $12.80
The not cloyingly rich cream was cooked with Backyard made Cajun spice mix, smothered in a light Cajun cream sauce and sprinkled with diced jalapenos. Served with chunks of juicy grilled chicken.
US Black Angus Prime Ribeye 250g @ $45.80
This is my favourite of the night, I am a steak lover and I am very particular how it is cook. The steak was medium rare, delightfully tender and succulent. Dip it with truffles salt and the distinctive fragrant was simply unforgettable.
Shroom Burger @ $13.80
Succulent beef fillet topped with juicy shitake mushroom sauteed in a special herbed mozzarella brown sauce.
Dressed Up Dog with a Sunny Side Up Egg @ $14.80
Giant beef frank wrapped with streaky bacon & topped with melted cheddar cheese. Its really interesting how the hotdog is being served, but I was too full to try more and decided to packet back for one of the foodie's husband.
Blueberry Panna Cotta @ $7.30
These softly set and not-so-sweet creamy puddings are so silky-smooth they slip down beautifully at the end of a meal. You have a choice of honey walnut or blueberry as topping.
Affogato @ $7.30
Shot of espresso served over a scoop of clotted cream ice cream was refreshing and lush.
- My Opinion
Honestly the food was pretty decent and of course there are a few raved ones. But the laidback and urban concrete jungle concept will be a ideal getaway for the frazzled and those seeking a brief respite from the everyday hustle and bustle of Singapore.
Thanks Hans, Val & Jerome for your warm hospitality, it was a great evening despite the heavy downpour.