The Place Located in The Club Hotel, The Disgruntled Brasserie took over what was previously The Disgruntled Chef at the same location since last October, though both are under the same group. The 40-seater restaurant is positioned to be the casual dining concept of The Disgruntled Chef, which is located in Dempsey. Despite so, I thought that the decor is anything but casual. The ambience of the casual dining restaurant has bits of vintage and classy vibes.
The Food The concept of The Disgruntled Brasserie lies in communal dining, hence the small and big plates menu. From the small plates section, we started with the Gruyere Cheese Souffle (S$16), one of my favourite dish here. This cheese soufflé has elements of Caramelised onions and chardonnay fondue, without coming across as overbearing even for the cheese intolerant folks. This was a promising start.
The Foie Gras & Peanut Butter Miso (S$18) was unique in terms of the peanut butter element added on the brioche.
Another small plate dish we tried was the Escargot Tarte Flambee (S$16). Served in a pizza-like texture, this dish would make a good bar bite. The crust was very thin and I thought that the combination of other ingredients like the onions and creme fraiche worked well.
For something for refreshing, the Home-Cured Salmon (S$16) is my pick anytime. I can’t resist anything with fresh salmon and avocadoes these days.
On to the Big Plates, my recommendation is to go for the Pan-Roasted Barramundi (S$24). Served with warm tartare sauce, grilled asparagus and cured seaweed potato hash, this dish felt like a healthier version of fish and chips, except without the chips. The barramundi had a nice crispy skin, and without a doubt very fresh.
Alternatively, the Iberico Pork Collar (S$32) is another worthy option. The pork is served with Caraway milk poached caramelised cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke puree, grilled scallions and star anise jus. Overall, it was a nice tender flavour but it didn’t leave as good an impression as the barramundi.
Eve though the pastas here are made fresh daily, the Carbonara Taglierini (S$24) was my least favourite dish. The pasta texture was too thick and was a tad on the tough side. The saving grace here lies in its varied ingredients, as it contains three different types of meat – Streaky back bacon, farmer’s smoked bacon, kurobuta ham parmigiano reggiano crusted egg.
For dessert, my recommend pick is the Chocolate Fondat (S$18). Although this version wasn’t really oozing, I like the richness of the chocolate along with the pistachio ice cream. This combination can’t go very wrong.
Other dessert options include the Lemon Curd (S$16) with wildberries, vanilla chantily cream and shiso leaf ice cream, as well as the Baileys Creme Caramel (S$18) with Remy Martin cherry compote, cocoa rice crisps and kahlua ice cream.
Rants Be prepared for a budget of about S$50 per person at The Disgruntled Brasserie for dinner. We ain’t sure if this is the most value for money option in this enclave.
Will I Return Again? The Disgruntled Brasserie is a decent option to consider if you are in the Tanjong Pagar or CBD vicinity. The food is generally good, though my biggest qualm is that it lacks a strong identity and character to warrant a return visit.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
The Disgruntled Brasserie
28 Ann Siang Road
Tel: +65 6808 2184
Ranted by The Ranter