Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Roadhouse, the American Diner on the hill

Tucked away in the quiet and rustic Dempsey hill, this smallish establishment was housed in the former British military barracks that dates back to the 18th century.

Al fresco dining area 


The restaurant has an American Diner style decor with a long wooden table in the middle catered for larger group of diners. One can still see bits and pieces of history in this antique building...check out that older than old school telephone!

Antique telephone 

The table settings with utensils & serviettes housed in a red color bucket. Anybody game to take up the Terminator challenge?


As usual, when we dine in big group we will order some sides to share. The Crispy Calamari rings $16++ were not very crispy but the squid was fresh and we loved the spicy and creamy Tabasco mayo dip! 

The Truffle fries $8++ were not too bad, served pipping hot, has crisp exterior with soft interior. They have not been too generous with the truffle oil though.

 The Parmesan wings $14++ tasted like Swensen's Rodeo wings sprinkled with cheese shavings.

For drinks, I ordered the Root beer float $8++. It was a safe choice and tasted quite nice..

Quite a few of us ordered their signature American style or Asian fusion style gourmet burgers. I had the Bollywood Prawn Star $24++.

The chunky prawn patty was really thick! With generous amount of juicy and succulent chopped prawn meat deep fried in crispy beer batter, topped with mango curry mayo. The patty itself was slightly salty but it tasted quite good with the sweet and slightly spicy curry mayo sauce and iceberg lettuce...I enjoyed it very much.

My friend's Fabulous Foie Gras burger $32++. Thick chunky Josper-grilled wagyu beef patty topped with a rather generous portion of pan seared liver.

Friend was initially enjoying the juicy beef and creamy foie gras but was later complaining about it being a tad oily and salty towards the end of the meal.

Japanese Prawn Star $24++. Similar as my Bollywood burger but with a Japanese twist. This is served with wasabi mayo instead of mango curry mayo.

My friend didn't enjoy her burger at all as the prawn patty was marinated with too much salt and was making her extremely thirsty after a few bites.

Other non-burger dishes ordered were BBQ ribs $29++ for half-rack and Bacon meatloaf $35++

I tasted a bit of the BBQ ribs, it was not bad but friend said it was not juicy enough. The crispy onion rings were very good though. I also liked their homemade coleslaw, it was rather sweet and refreshing. I didn't try the meatloaf but friend who had it was saying it was a delish combi of crispy bacon strips with chunky sausage and juicy minced beef.

The main courses portion were all really generous, we were filled to the brim and had no more space for desserts. We decided to ask for the bill and pack the excess fries (there was a lot left!) for takeaway.

Overall dining experience here was good for me, I loved the ambiance here which gives off a different vibe as compared to dining in town. Service staffs were friendly and helped us make arrangements with the bar we are heading to for after dinner drinks. The total bill was a reasonable $54 per pax (considering the huge portions and expensive meat used in dishes). I will return if they have a new menu.

13 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249674
Tel: 6476 2922

Mondays to Fridays
Lunch: 11.30am - 3.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 11.00pm
Saturdays & Sundays
Brunch: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 11.00pm

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