The Place Dempsey. How best to enjoy a catch-up with friends in the midst of town, yet finding yourself surrounded by greens. Since being redeveloped as a food haven, having converted from a old military barracks, Dempsey have been attracting reasonably good restaurants since. tRP have also covered a couple of the eateries in the vicinity including Barracks and Jones the Grocer. Addictions Cafe & Remedy Bar is located at the foot of the hill on the first right turn in Dempsey. What brought tRP there was due a Public Garden’s Every Little Thing flea market at 22 Dempsey, which Addictions is part of.
The Food Brunch-only menu on Sunday when tRP visited the place, with more selections on the rest of the week. It brunch menu was split into three categories – Basic, Premium and Just for Kids, with all frankly quite over-priced. The Basic option consists of the typical brunch selections such as Chorizo with scrambled eggs, Italian Sausage with sunny side up, Salmon Eggs Benedict, all completed with a hot beverage and a buffet spread (of well, nothing much). tRP decided to go for the Basic options (S$35++ for each set), with an OCBC Credit Card promotion currently for a 1-for-1 deal.
Cured Tee Salmon Benedict with crispy pancetta, potatoes and yuzu hollandaise – what can I say more about the over-hyped Eggs Benedict? Again, the hollandaise sauce makes this a must-have.
Italian Sausage with sunny side up, breaded cheese Portobello, grilled tomatoes and sour dough – Safe choice for brunch, but nothing too amazing. Only for sausage lovers.
Squid Ink Pasta with calamari, prawn, fresh cut chili and torn fresh basil – Not the best squid ink pasta, a little too dry and bland.
The hot beverage selections are quite wide, ranging from the usual coffee options to a variety of Gryphon Tea.
Rants Serious attempts need to be made to improve the quality of the food served, seriously. Addictions also has too big a space to be covered by only a few staff, poor service standards by a team who tries their best.
Will I return again? Food wise, it ain’t the best brunch place. But the restaurant has both outdoor and indoor spaces which are extremely comfy for group gatherings or just a simple relaxing weekend meal. Not sure I will return again though, unless …..
Taste bud: 2.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
Addictions Cafe & Remedy Bar
22 Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 6476 5961
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