Dempsey has seen many restaurants come and go, the most recent addition being Roadhouse, which belongs to the Prive group of restaurants. Roadhouse serves mainly hearty American food, and burgers are their specialty.
The whole environment is a very laid back US atmosphere. It's noisy and you can hear the cluttering of the metal knives against their plates. Certainly not a place you want to be if you want a quiet meal.
It's an american style eatery, but we are having beer from elsehwere. First is the arch rival of US - China's Tsingtao beer. Next is Belgium's Stella Artois. Both are light and crisp beer, which went well with all the oily and fried stuffs we are having.
Free ice water is served here too.
Our mains actually came before our starters. The Bacon Marinated Burger (S$26) was just sufficient for a guy's appetite. 200g Josper-grilled Wagyu patty, homemade buns, melted gorgonzola, streaky bacon, caramelized onions, aioli & sauteed mushrooms. Served with fries and coleslaw. Wouldn't say that this was the best burger in Singapore, but it's pretty decent.
Our favourite dish of the day - Shrimp in a Blanket (S$18) - Jumbo shrimps wrapped in maple roasted bacon served with roasted tomates & jalapeno salsa. Just look at how shiny the bacon and prawns were. And it tasted really good. Anything with bacon tastes good.
Equally good was the Tomato Braised Ox Tongue (S$24) with summer vegetables and potatoes. Portion was ok and the dish was hearthy enough for 2 as a starter. Ox tongue was tender, and the vegetables were tender soft.
I found the Wet & Wild Mushroom Soup (S$10) rather ordinary.
The Business Times rated their BBQ Kurobuta Baby Back Ribs (S$26 for half rack) with crispy Cajun onion rings & Roadhouse special BBQ sauce as very plump and tender. And that is how I felt after trying it. But the ribs were not as meaty as I had hope that it would be. Extra points for their crisp onion rings. Next time, I will order a separate portion of their onion rings.
The whole place fills up very quickly during peak hours, so it is advisable to call to make a reservation before coming down. And for those who are not familiar with this area, they are behind Jumbo Seafood.
13 Dempsey Road,