Sunday, June 26, 2016

Dean & Deluca Singapore - Finally Got Around To Trying....

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We were four years too late for the opening of Dean & Deluca in Singapore (to much fanfare and rave reviews). With the Orchard Central flagship outlet apparently closed for renovations, we hopped down to the outlet at HillV2 for brunch.

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The Place

Relatively spacious with high ceiling windows to allow for lots of natural light in against a predominantly white background of walls, tables and chairs, D&D seemed pretty quiet on a weekend late morning. The handful of customers seemed like residents of the neighbourhood (my conjecture); not quite a good sign of things to come?

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Truffle Scented Carbonara

This was a weekend special and I'm usually a sucker for carbonara. Just not this one. For starters, the sauce was thick but lacked depth or richness and came across as creamy at best. Spaghetti was a little soft and I couldn't make out any scent of truffle. The only positive came from the generous serving of bacon slices and crisp bacon rashers. Very average overall.

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American Country Breakfast

Huge servings aside, the American Country Breakfast was a disappointment in many ways. For starters, the sausage came across as bland. Ditto the scrambled eggs, which really could have used a little more milk as well. The toast was crisp but lacked fragrance whilst the side of hash brown was a tad too hard. Seriously average. 

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Caramel Cheesecake

I didn't quite take to this as the moist base lacked the crumbly texture that I personally like. But both the cheese and caramel didn't come across as too overwhelming. Overall an average eat.

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Brioche French Toast

This dish looked absolutely delicious but although the flavours were pretty good, the toast itself was quite a letdown. Coated with cereal which gave a crunch on the outside, it was disappointingly limp and soft on the inside. I would have expected the insides to retain a certain measure of compactness and firmness but alas! Drenched in caramel sauce and topped with berries, bananas and served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, the whole concoction tasted a little like sticky date pudding.

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With 50% off, we paid $45, which isn't expensive for the quantity of food. However quality is lacking which probably explains the sparse crowd during weekend brunch hours. I won't be back, not even with the 50% reduction.

Final Verdict:

Ambience: 6.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Food: 5.5/10
Value for money: 6.5/10 (3.5/10 without the 50% discount)

Overall: 6.25/10

Address: #01-01 HillV2

Contact: 6710 7282

Opening Hours:

Mon - Thu: 10:00 - 22:00

Fri: 10:00 - 22:30

Sat & Sun: 08:00 - 22:30


ps: Sorry for the lack of updates. Been very busy with work, travelling, moving house and RC matters.

1 comment: said...

The Truffle Scented Carbonara looks good! Cant wait to try it! :)