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The Prime Society

I was sieving through my old photos and I realised I haven’t written about my birthday dinner! I might have mentioned before that I like to celebrate my whole birthday month, and not just the birthDAY itself. I like to space out all the treats so as to maximise the enjoyment and anticipation. I mean won’t you agree that the birthDay is just 1 day only, and one day is just too short to fully celebrate? In fact, come to think of it, the Partner still owes me a treat to Waku Ghin! I’d postponed it after already celebrating my birthday a few times that week, plus a few media tastings I had to contend with. I think now is a good time to remind him that a trip to Waku Ghin is in order….

Most of the time, as I can imagine would be the case with other food bloggers, I am the one tasked with the job of finding new restaurants to whet our appetites. It’s an arduous task actually, for it’s not a matter of just listing out the top restaurants. There are criteria to be fulfilled, such as location, ambience, the availability of a particular dish, pricing, and the like. If you can’t do it fast enough, your intelligence is questioned. Should the restaurant fail to live up to expectations, rest assured you will hear about it as if you owned the restaurant. But more on that another day.

For my birthday, the Partner actually managed to rustle up the idea of going to Prime Society. Very good job, it was a very enjoyable evening and the steaks were excellent. Ah well, at least he knew he would like the place, he’s a steak person!

It’s always a bit of a bother going to Dempsey Hill if you aren’t driving, but this time it was well worth the effort. I liked Prime Society the minute I entered it. It has this European kind of decor, with the brick columns, tall ceiling, mini chandeliers and murals of battle soldiers. In fact, you’re expected to think of yourself as hailing from an upper class society, if not from royalty itself. Check out these commandments, and you’ll know what I mean!

The food was EXCELLENT, and if you’re looking for a higher end steak place without the higher end $$$, Prime Society is the place to go.

Prime Society - CommandmentsThou shalt not have a vegetarian friend!! Certainly, it would be best to leave the vegetarians and pescetarians at home when coming to the Prime Society. Okay, they have a Barramundi if you must, but that’s really about all there is for non-meat eaters. Other than the pesky pescetarians (my father is one), I believe I fulfil the rest of the commandments. 🙂

Prime Society - (2) Picture of the bar area

Prime Society - Bone Marrow with Celeriac Remoulade, Parsley and Toast $16 (2)

Prime Society - Bone Marrow with Celeriac Remoulade, Parsley and Toast $16 (5) Bone Marrow with Celeriac Remoulade, Parsley and Toast $16

What can I say, it’s bone marrow. Super delicious and super sinful! The texture of bone marrow is like that of fat, without any gristly bits getting in the way. It’s soft and voluptuous, each mouthful sliding down your throat so easily. Be careful about eating too much of it, it’s definitely meant to be shared! The lemon helped to cut a bit of the greasiness, but really, 2 or 3 mouthfuls of the stuff is more than enough to start making you satiated! If I have any complaints, it’s that there’

Prime Society - Bone Marrow with Celeriac Remoulade, Parsley and Toast $16 Come on, you know you want some!

Prime Society - 100% Natural Pasture Fed Black Angus Rib Eye 220g from North Western Tasmania $44 100% Natural Pasture Fed Black Angus Rib Eye 220g from North Western Tasmania $44

The Partner ordered this. Where possible, he always opts for the Pasture/Free Range options rather than the Grain Fed cattle as it is a healthier and more flavourful choice. We always go for medium rare and this steak was cooked just right. The steak was tender while retaining a nice bite. It was flavourful and moist. The specks of salt on the top was more for garnishing as the steak tasted perfect the way it came. As this steak arrived first, I had the opportunity to steal a few bites and I was almost worried that I should have ordered this instead!

Prime Society - Wagyu Tri-Tip (3) Wagyu Tri-Tip $50

When my steak arrived, I had absolutely no regrets at all. This is hands down, the most tasty, juicy, fattening, flavourful, delicious, divine, SUBLIME piece of steak I have ever eaten to date! This steak wasn’t in the menu, but the manager recommended it to us as they had some stock. Until then, I’d never even heard of Tri-Tip, but I realise now it is the bottom Sirloin, and there’s only a bit from each cow. It was only 150gm, and I thought I would not be full, but the manager assured us that because Wagyu Tri-Tip is quite fattening, 150gm would be more than enough! And he was definitely right. I was a little worried about the fat that I was ingesting. Okay fine who am I kidding, despite the fears I still finished the entire steak. I wouldn’t have ordered the Bone Marrow in this case, because that’s really too much greasiness in the appetiser and the mains.

It’s interesting why the manager offered the Tri-Tip so hesitantly. Did he think that it would be some exotic flavour that I would not be used to? Well I can safely say it should be made a PERMANENT feature in the menu!

Prime Society - Wagyu Tri-Tip Mmmmm…..MEAT. Really, a work of art.

Towards the end, I have to admit the greasiness got to me so more pieces of lemon would have been appreciated.

Prime Society - Seasonal Vegetables $7 Seasonal Vegetables $7

A tuft of vegetables is provided with the steak, but that’s hardly enough to meet your daily fibre requirements so we ordered a serving of seasonal vegetables. I never like having to order additional vegetables. I feel they should be provided with the main course! I feel they are surreptitiously trying to make the steaks look cheaper when they are not. I know Mortons does this, and a few other places as well and I don’t like it. It’s kind of like the same feeling you get when restaurants charge you for plain water.

Prime Society - (20)  The open concept kitchen at Prime Society

Prime Society - (22) Prime Society - (18)

The Prime Society

10 Dempsey Road #01-20, Singapore, Singapore 247700

Mon – Wed : 6:00 pm-10:30 pm

Thu – Fri : 12:00 pm-3:00 pm   ; 6:00 pm-10:30 pm

Sat – Sun : 9:30 am-2:00 pm  ;  6:00 pm-10:30 pm

Telephone : 6474 7427

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Barracks Cafe

Finally made it to Barracks Cafe after having known about the place more than a year ago. It is yet another cafe in the Dempsey Hill area. It always surprises me how well packed the eateries at Dempsey Hill are. You practically need a car to get to Dempsey. Even though there is a bus stop right outside Dempsey, the steep hill surely must deter many? Well, Barracks Cafe was 99% full when we got there on Hari Raya Haji at 2pm, and we managed to snag the last table. 

The place is quirky. The furniture is a mish mash, some chairs cushioned, some with arm rests, tables made of wood or metal. You can choose to sit outdoors and they even have a cool looking greenhouse. I wonder if the diners in the greenhouse get a free suntan? Sitting outdoors is not that bad an idea because the tables overlook lots of greenery.

Barracks - American Sliders (3)  Barracks - American Sliders (2)

Barracks - American Sliders

I ordered the Old Fashioned American Sliders $22 – You choose toppings for the meat patty. I chose sauteed mushrooms and onions. They also have toppings such as blue chese and bacon, truffled aioli, cheddar cheese and bacon.

I thought the burger was just average, something I would not remember at all. However, the truffle fries were really nice. They were too salty, but I really liked the interesting truffle flavour the fries had. Plus they were so crispy. I had fries for my mains, rather than the burger. To enhance them further, I dipped the fries into the creamy mixture in the salmon hash, and it was wonderful!

I know it’s truffle season now, but it seems that truffle fries have been sprouting on the menus of many eateries. I don’t think you need to be in truffle season to have truffle fries because it’s probably just some essence they use. The other day, I saw that Fullerton Bay Hotel was also serving truffle fries, which I have heard is very good.

Barracks - Oregon Salmon Hash (2) Barracks - Oregon Salmon Hash

Oregon Salmon Hash – Creamy creamy creamy goodness. The cure for hangovers, so the menu says, and I don’t think I could dispute that. This is comfort food. Salmon was nicely done and not overcooked. Only thing is, we were expecting a hash hash, but the potatoes were just cubed.

Barracks Cafe

8D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249672

Tel: 64757787    Fax: 64764462




The Disgruntled Chef

Met up with a good friend of 12 years to go try out The Disgruntled Chef the other day. After all these years, she’s still so passionate about teaching. As she put it, it is indeed a blessing that she has found her true calling, and so early on in life. We had a good time chatting and catching up.

The ambience of the place is quite nice. The lighting is low and soothing, which makes for a very romantic setting suitable for lovers. And that’s in addition to the sharing concept too. There are some booth like seats but those look like they are reserved for parties of 4. I had originally imagined The Disgruntled Chef to be a really casual looking restaurant thanks to the rather casual name, plus the fact that they employ the communal eating concept here. But really, with the wine glasses on all the tables, plus the low lighting, it looks like an upscale restaurant instead.

As for the communal sharing concept, there are 20 Small Plates on the menu, each about $15 – $20. They are small enough such that each person can easily polish off at least 2 plates worth of food. You could also order the Big Plates, which are entree-sized dishes. We decided to go for the Small Plates so that we could sample more dishes.

The Disgruntled Chef - Steak Tartare and soft quail egg

Steak Tartare with soft Quail Egg and fries – $16

I don’t believe I’ve tried Steak Tartare before, or at least not in this quantity. I have to say it was damn delicious. From the minute the beautiful square of raw meat was placed in front of me, I could hear it calling my name. The taste was divine. If only I just didn’t have to share!

I wonder if a lot of people out there have a problem with eating raw meat, because I certainly am not in this category. In fact, the raw look of the meat appeals to me very much…And I don’t think of myself as eating raw meat, I just think of it as eating really tasty meat!

The Disgruntled Chef - Steak Tartare and soft quail egg (4)

The Disgruntled Chef - Steak Tartare and soft quail egg (2)

There’s the quail’s egg which is to be mixed into the steak tartare

Runny quail egg with juicy steak….ohhhhhhhhhh!!!

The Disgruntled Chef - Baked Bone Marrow with Persillade

Baked Bone Marrow with persillade & sour dough toast – $14

This was also very delicious. The bone marrow was soft, fatty and oh so tasty! Once again, I wish I had the whole thing to myself! I had a hard time trying to make sure I didn’t scoop out more than 50% of my allocated portion or I might incur the wrath of my friend, who was also enjoying the dish tremendously. This was served with bread. The greenish thing in the background was the Persillade, which is a mix of parsley and garlic. Imagine bread with lots of garlic, everyone loves garlic bread right? Now top that off with fattening bone marrow. Can things get better than that?

The Disgruntled Chef - Curried Mussels

Curried mussels with sourdough toast – $16

This was also very nice. Don’t expect some really spicy local curry though, this is more like Ang Moh curry. This was a little hard to share. I wish they’d given us bowls so I could slurp down the curry!

The Disgruntled Chef - Chicken Liver Parfait

Chicken Liver Parfait with red onion marmalade & Brioche toast – $14

The Liver Parfait’s in the chicken essence bottle thingy. This one had a texture like pate, but had the strongest pate taste I’ve ever encountered. I loved it very much, but my friend only managed to eat 1/4 of it. They should have given us more than 6 pieces of toast though. Luckily we had a lot of bread from the other dishes so we used those to finish up the parfait.

The Disgruntled Chef - Baked Camembert Fondue

Baked Camembert Fondue with chicory, toast & apple sauce – $18

This was a little bit of a let down, especially after having tried the other dishes. At $18, I thought it was way too pricy for something I could just pop in the oven myself. Also, the Camembert was pretty mild, so the plain bread wasn’t exactly the best delivery vehicle in this case. The apple sauce in the bowl was nice, and lifted the flavours somewhat, but I didn’t order this dish just to taste apple sauce.

The Disgruntled Chef - Baked Camembert Fondue (2) The Disgruntled Chef @ Dempsey Hill

Conclusions: The food is really good. I’ve described them in detail above, so I shan’t elaborate again here.

However, there were a few things that kinda made me wonder if I would return again.

1. Beware what you choose. We only realised that we’d chosen 4 dishes out of 5 that come with bread. Nothing wrong with that, but on hindsight, it felt like it was a big bread feast, with many delicious toppings to choose from.

2. The pricing wasn’t exactly expensive, yet it was neither cheap. Our bill came up to approx $87 after tax, which meant that we spent about $45 each on “appetisers”.

3. The sharing system felt a bit cumbersome at times. Eg, the curried mussels and the oozy cheese, not a very simple thing to share if you don’t want double dipping.

4. The style of the food required a lot of work on our part. It wasn’t a scoop and shovel into your mouth thing. There was a lot of “effort” required to scoop stuff onto the bread, and add the garnishing. Ok it’s not a lot of effort if 1 or 2 dishes are like that, but when all are like that, it’s a little overwhelming.

Still, because the food is so nice and unique, I think I’ll still take the Partner to come try the place out. But, it won’t be some place I come to relax after a hard day’s work.




The Disgruntled Chef


T: +65 64765305 F: +65 64765306

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The Farmer’s Market is on again tomorrow!

For those who have been having some trouble thinking of what to do this weekend, you may be glad to know that the Farmer’s Market organised by The Pantry is on again tomorrow at Loewen Gardens Dempsey. It used to be once a month but now they’ve increased it to every 1st Saturday and 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:30 am to 2 pm. It’s great fun. You’ll get to sample a lot of fresh produce, gourmet meats, cheeses, wines, jams, breads, cakes and more. Go hungry and bring your wallet!

Click here to read my review on the Loewen Gardens Farmers’ Market as well as see the pictures I took in June 2010.


Address: 75 Loewen Road, Singapore 248844

How to get there (courtesy of The Pantry’s website): via Dempsey Road, follow signs to Loewen Cluster. Easiest access is from Tanglin Road. Turn into Ridley Park towards Tanglin Village. Road becomes Loewen Road. Loewen Gardens is on your right in Block 75-81. Free Parking! Click on this link for a map on how to get to the Farmers Market.

It is not possible to walk in from the main road (ie Tanglin Road) because it would probably take 20 minutes or more and it is steeply uphill!

Singapore has a Farmer’s Market!

It’s incredible, I thought only the Western countries such as New Zealand and the UK has such things, but yes we have our very own Farmer’s Market in Singapore. It’s organized by The Pantry. The Farmers’ Market is held on the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 am to 2 pm. So this means it’s on this Saturday!!!

I can’t wait to go to take a look at what they have on offer. It will be interesting to see if they have a lot of organic produce available for cheap. There are hardly any farms left in Singapore, let alone organic farms. The farmer markets overseas that I am used to pride themselves on selling fresh locally produced food, food that is produced with love. If The Farmers’ Market imports lots of veggies from overseas, that would kind of be like defeating the purpose. We shall see.

I am also looking forwards to the baked goods section. I don’t know if there will be one this Saturday, but I am presuming that there must be one. If not, I’m going to book myself a stall for July 2010 to sell scones, muffins and brownies! Either way, it’s going to be a really wonderful Saturday. I can’t wait!

Here are some photos of the farmers markets I enjoyed in Hawkes Bay New Zealand. Tip: Go during the summer months if you want to have a wide variety of farmers’ markets to choose from.

Hawkes Bay Farmer's Market

Nothing beats a clear blue sky, a cool breeze and lots of open space to liven up your mood!

Hawkes Bay Black Barn Always eat Organic and GM Free when possible. And source for locally grown food.

Hawkes Bay Apple Seller at Farmers MarketApple Seller doing brisk business!

Jun 3, 2010 @ 22:43

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