The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar welcomes autumn with its new lunch and dinner menus that showcase world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s signature contemporary Asian-inspired European fare. Seasonal ingredients at their peak such as root vegetables, mushrooms and figs take the spotlight in these hearty and scrumptious dishes.
With an expanded range, there is something for everyone in the new Weekday Lunch Menu. A composition of both novel dishes and mainstays, the set menu offers two courses ($38++) and three courses ($42++) inclusive of coffee or tea, in addition to a range of a la carte options (dishes start from $20++).
Start with the popular Spiced Chicken Samosas with Cilantro Yoghurt Dip or the White Bean Soup, Pancetta and Dill finished with a chiffonade of kale and a drizzle of smokey chilli oil. Brimming with bright, herbaceous notes is the Fresh Tagliatelle with Pistachio Pesto and Roasted Brussels Sprouts, while the piquant Roasted Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sichuan Glaze and Asparagus is an appetising dish served with a steaming bowl of white rice to enjoy all of its deliciousness. Not to be missed, the sumptuous Veal Milanese with Sweet Potato, Dried Cranberry and Arugula stars a crispy panko-crumbed Australian veal alongside baked garlic sweet potato cubes.
Complete the meal with a satiating sweet treat. Embodying autumn in a dessert is the Apple Tarte Tatin with Spiced Cider Ice Cream that features caramelised yellow apples beneath an overturned buttery puff pastry. It is served with house-made ice cream that well complements with its deep flavours of fresh apple cider, whiskey and Chef Jean Georges’ favourite spices. The warm and comforting Pear Bourdaloue is a pastry that will delight with its spiced poached Bartlett pears, almond frangipani cream and house-made toasted almond sorbet. These desserts are also available as a la carte during dinner.
In the evening, the new A La Carte Dinner Menu (dishes start from $20++) comprises of new creations and all-time favourites. Baked upon order, the Fig and Prosciutto Pizza with Ricotta Cheese and Arugula highlights Turkish figs that are caramelised in a wood-fired oven, resulting in a fudgy nectar of goodness. Savour the Porcini Crusted Sea Trout with Warm Leeks and Lemon Vinaigrette or the Miso-Black Pepper Marinated Grilled New York Strip – a juicy and tender Australian grass-fed beef infused with Asian flavours served with roasted sunchokes as well as sautéed shiitake and scallions. For the full experience, indulge in the ‘Taste of Dempsey’ tasting menu ($138++ per person, $68++ for wine pairing) that presents the best of Chef Jean-Georges’ signatures.
Convivial, relaxed, yet refined, The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar is perfect for a gathering over an autumnal feast with family and friends