Saturday, June 27, 2009
Barracks at House, Dempsey
I am a new fan.
Over 20 photos to show you why, so I'll try to be succinct.
Lush. Sweet. Nurturing life.
As the plants feasted, so did we, in sunlit cool comfort.
Spotted. A surprise. Guess which one?
Mint Berry Fix, Beetroot Beat, Pei Pa Herbal Tonic.
Pei Pa with vanilla and fresh lime is ingenious! Try it to see what I mean.
Cucumber meets pineapple.
Detoxes, rehydrates, all deliciously so.
Ahi Taki Skinny Pizza. Oh, sweet tuna gently seared!
Pistachios, port-soaked raisins, avocado, and herb-roasted tomatoes. All cuddling together.
My Dempsey dream pizza! Psst, you won't get this at Skinny Pizza Suntec City.
Wild Truffle Mushroom Skinny Pizza.
Mmmmmushrooms! Garlic! Truffle oil! Parmesan cheese!
Supremely yummy when shared. They've improved the crust (or cracker base) since I last tried them.
Curry Chicken Babaganoush Skinny Pizza.
Smoky babaganoush, Madras curry chicken, chopped hard boiled eggs, coriander.
All Skinny Pizzas are a cracking 18-inches, did you know?
Chorizo Almond Skinny Pizza - a celebration of colours!
Roasted chorizo, almonds, grilled peppers, roasted garlic, black olives, red chilies and fresh parmesan.
It's a party on a most edible platter.
At Barracks you get the quirky, eclectic and sometimes vintage.
Furniture, crockery, art decor, etc.
Herb Crusted Lamb Racks.
Beautifully medium rare, with Mediterranean ratatouille and Kalamata olive jus.
My favourite main dish - meaty, flavourful and tender - a single bite sent me to heaven.
Bay Prawn Capellini - a House signature.
Rich prawn Bolognese. Braised baby leeks. Micro herbs, pecorino cheese shavings and chili.
HungryCow observed rightly that this tastes very Asian, almost like Cantonese seafood noodles.
Moroccan Spiced Baby Chicken
A middle-eastern spring chicken with interesting partners:
Tomato-berry chutney, yam crisps, sauteed fennel and baby bok choy.
Chicken, beef or pork, served on rocket with mustard to dip.
You'll certainly be talking about it!
Old-fashioned American Sliders, in five varieties.
It's not the sliders but the truffle fries that will make Harold and Kumar new converts!
Loved the sweet potato nibblets too.
The Tiffin Punch - so quaint and cool at the same time!
Bombay Sapphire Gin, Lychee Liqueur, Mumm Champagne, Pressed Ruby Red Grapefruit, Ginger, Lychees!
Can you say refreshing? I liked this very much!
Prohibition Long Island Iced Tea Party - the cutest I have ever seen.
In the teapot a very strong mix of gin, vodka, rum, tequila, Cointreau and lemon juice.
Pour in icy Coca-cola from the jug and enjoy!
And now desserts! We had a Godzilla Box, filled with six desserts (of your choice, and you get 15% off too!).
The BBC - Banana, Brownie and Cheese.
Nutty chocolate brownies with crispy banana strudels topped with freshly grated cheese.
Bizarre? Most of us voted this sweet and salty confection our favourite of the lot. It works!
Barracks Strawberry Shortcake - large, fresh strawberries and vanilla bean cream.
Green Tea Tofu Tiramisu in the background - matcha-topped "tau huay" with a light cake base.
These were nice, but not my favourites.
Guiltless Chocolate Almond Cake.
Chocolate cake with layers of ganache, topped with candied almonds.
Flour and gluten-free, but still a carb feast! Bit too rich for me.
MMM - Mango Marshmallow Melt.
Fresh mango, mini crunchy pavlova, honey, yoghurt, whipped cream and marshmallows.
Sounds too good to be true, no?
Panna Cotta Agar Agar.
Inspired by the Nonya kueh lapis, but using panna cotta in between layers for a creamy difference.
Unusual texture and cool presentation.
We thoroughly enjoyed this lunch hosted by Janet from Spa Esprit (those are her lovely manicured hands in the photos above). Check out Aromacookery's gorgeous post on Barracks, and look out for HungryCow, MilkMilk and Recentrunes reviews when they come out.
I also have eight sets of Spa Esprit vouchers to give away, kindly provided by Janet. They comprise five discount offers from different Spa Esprit brands, valid until 8 August 2009. You can click on the picture to see a bigger version.
If you'd like one set, just leave a comment telling us your favourite dish at Barracks (if you've been there), or what you like best out of the dishes you see above (if you haven't been there). The first eight to respond will get the vouchers by mail.
Once again, warmest thanks to Janet for being such a wonderful host! I'll be back to try the brunch!
BARRACKS AT HOUSE
8D Dempsey Road (behind the block that houses Jones the Grocer)
Lunch 12pm-3pm (last order 2.30pm)
Tea 3pm-6pm serving pizzas, sandwiches and sides only (last order 5.30pm)
Dinner 6pm-10.30pm (last order 10.15pm)
Brunch 11am-4pm (last order 3.45pm)
Tea 4pm-6pm serving pizzas only (last order 5.30pm)
Dinner 6pm-10.30pm (last order 10.15pm)
Posted 10:26 AM