Pidgin Kitchen & Bar @ 7 Dempsey Road

Formerly known as Pamplemousse Bistro and Bar, Pidgin Kitchen & Bar- the newest addition to Dempsey Road is all about putting a creative spin on popular Southeast Asian local favorites and transforming them into unique original creations. This bold and ingenious concept by restaurateurs Adrian Ling and Cleo Chiang-Ling, takes your palate on an exciting journey of exploring familiar flavors that are presented in a whole new way. I personally enjoyed my tasting experience so much that I immediately made a reservation for a family dinner that same Friday night but was told that it was fully booked already.

Tip: Make your reservations early at Pidgin to avoid disappointment

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The 1500 sqft space seats 56 pax both indoors and outdoors comfortably and oozes ‘industrial-chic’ appeal with its concrete wall features and parquet flooring.

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A bar counter of Cult Spirits, Artisanal Beers and Wines steals the show with more than 100 labels of old and new old worlds categorized according to flavor profile. Craft Cocktails created by the bartenders are assured to please with signatures sporting exotic names such as Calamansi Mai Tai $28++, Nin Jiom Old Fashioned $20++ and Masala Apple Strudel $20++.

Festive cocktails specially created for the Christmas season include the sweet and nutty Zing-A-Ling $22++ and refreshing Melly Krismust $22++ that will be available only till 31st December.

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Inspired by the well-loved fish paste banana leaf snack Otak-Otak, these Crab Otak Croquettes $12++ are instead snugly packed with chunks of crabmeat mixed in a concoction of rempeh spice paste and coconut milk that lends a creamy bite against the crisp deep fried skin, complimented further by a chye poh remoulade sauce which sends you on an umami rush that was simply addictive. Must try.

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A much cleaner way of getting your fix of ‘Sup Tulang’ would be to order these Lamb Meatballs $12++ with its trademark sticky bloody red gravy all included. Made from a mixture of Australian lamb meat and lamb bone marrow, the gamey flavor of the lamb is strong in this one and might be a bit too much for some. Slather on liberally some freshly made goat’s yogurt sauce served on the side to cut through that gaminess.

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A high-protein grain fast gaining popularity in a health foods world, this Quinoa $13++ is first pressure-cooked in tomato and pandan stock before being thickened by a sprinkling of Parmesan and crunch of almond flakes. My personal favorite that evening, I thoroughly enjoyed the oriental touch to it with the addition of Chinese Olive vegetables.

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Probably one of the most outrageous creation on the menu, these Razor Clams Tau Suan $20++ gives a savory makeover to the traditional old-school Chinese dessert. Using razor clam dashi as base with the usual split mung beans and dough fritter toppings, I did expect a whole lot more in terms of flavor and textures which unfortunately, was not the case.

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Moving on to the mains of Pasta, Meat & Poultry.

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Although the hawker favorite Wonton Mee is the supposed inspiration for this Lobster Wonton Capellini $26++, dont order this expecting something similar, because from the way the noodles are prepared, to the chorizo slices and lobster stuffed fried wontons, the flavors were more subtle, fragrant and intriguing. I actually really did like this a lot despite detractors who may be missing that lack of spicy kick.

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For some comfort food, order the Bak Kwa Mac & Cheese $20++ with its sweet notes of pork belly bak kwa balanced out by the Gruyere and Cheddar. Creamy, thick and intense, this cocotte of cheesy goodness with its al dente penne is made for sharing. A drop or two of Truffle Oil makes it all the more endearing.

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No soup in this Bak Kut Teh though no less appealing, Pidgin’s Pork Bone Tea $24++ presents a deconstructed version with two premium slices of pork ribs marinated American style with tea-smoked beef bone marrow served in a peppery garlic jus. Tender succulent meat with a fragrant smokey flavor that was delightful.

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For desserts, I strongly recommend the “Milo Dinosaur” Version 2.1 $15++ served on a plate instead of a mug but flavorful nonetheless. Chocoholics and Milo fans will be in for a treat as the deconstructed rendition charms with the intense 72% Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake and a scoop of Milo Ice Cream with its malty Milo Streusel bits.

For something lighter, the Bandung Panna Cotta $12++ is a great choice with Pidgin paying tribute to our childhood favorite rose syrup drink. Light and delicate with a floral finish, the rhubarb pairs beautifully with the Italian custard.

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If you have the time to wait, go for the Kaya Bread & Butter Pudding $15++ that is prepared upon order. Inspired by our breakfast of kaya toast and milk tea with notes of pandan, coconut and egg, the use of the buttery French brioche might be a tad too heavy for an after meal affair so sharing is mandatory. The Hojicha Milk Tea ice cream was definitely a highlight for me and I just wished they sold tubs of it for me to bring home.

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Chef Adrian Ling’s playful imagination and intriguing concepts with Southeast Asian cuisine certainly amazes and impresses. I for one am looking forward to my next visit. And yes, I made sure my reservation was made at least one week in advance. Pay a visit to Pidgin Kitchen & Bar as well! I am sure you too will enjoy the novelty.

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7 Dempsey Road
#01-04
Singapore 249671
Tel : 6475 0080

Opening hrs :
Mon to Sat
Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Sundays

 

Singapore

One Response to Pidgin Kitchen & Bar @ 7 Dempsey Road

  1. Very impressed with the way to play and create food that is close to our heart in a total new way.

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