Wednesday, February 06, 2008

RedDot Brewhouse, Dempsey Hill

I didn't think much of this place (Blk 25A , #01-01 Dempsey Road, tel:64750500) at all. I didn't leave the place after dinner with any fond memories and that's a good indicator that I'm not likely to come back. That's because, apart from being pricey, they really don't have much going for them except that they brew their own beer and are selling pints cheaper than almost everywhere else. Not that I'm very impressed after trying a couple of their brews. Being a fairly new establishment, they certainly have a long way to go before they're anywhere close to the likes of Paulaners or Brewerkz.

Marbled beef
Here's a puny bland tasting $29 piece of sirloin. I'm not too sure why this was called the marbled beef because it definitely wasn't well marbled. Hell, they didn't even get medium rare right and I can offhand and easily bring into count, cheaper and more satisfying alternatives to steaks which will beat this hands down. 1, 2, 3, 4.... I think you get the point of my opinion of this. The fancy presentation didn't make up for the quality of the meat nor the diluted cheese sauce they attempted to pass off as gorgonzola which they had drizzled over the top. There's definitely too much gloss for the too little substance in this. I consider this a waste of money.

RedDot beef and mushroom burger
This burger had a thick patty which is much smaller in diameter than the bread, which was not toasted. The menu describes it to be accompanied by healthy greens and yummy chips. The greens were so healthy that it came with not a drop of dressing. There wasn't any vinaigrette. Not even olive oil. Nada! In my mind, the word 'chips' had registered as chunks of cut and fried potatoes. I would think that Calbee BBQ flavored potato chips would be a more appropriate labeling for the chips rather than yummy chips because that's what they are and I didn't find anything yummy about them. This is a burger that lacks even the decency of having fries. While the patty was acceptably decent, it came a little too charred and didn't taste beefy enough. I'd gladly top up a couple of dollars more for something more satisfying.

Squid ink ice cream
Interesting as it sounds, this was just a chalky tasting vanilla ice-cream. The ice cream comes in the color of ash grey (not black as I had imagined) and I'm sure I've seen goma puddings/ice cream in more robust shades than this here. There wasn't anything in the flavor that was readily identifiable as squid ink. I do think it speaks volumes about the amount of actual squid ink that was mixed in to the ice cream and the fact that the looks nor taste didn't quite make the point that the name implied.

Banana Zabaglione
I was quite surprised that these sliced bananas came at room temperature. For a dessert, I was expecting them bananas to be hot, but then again, the menu never mentioned anything about them being grilled or baked. It comes topped with zabaglione (or sabayon, the egg, custard and marsala wine mix) some berries and basil ice cream which tasted like a vanilla ice cream (again!) mixed with powdered basil leaves. A bit of banana, some custard with marsala wine and a scoop of gimmicky ice cream for $15?

To the beers we go, and I had only managed to sample the Weizen and some lime wheat beer. Both beers are rather light and mildly spicy brews and the latter does have a very noticeable taste of lime which at this point is pretty much a novelty of a new drink. There was some green monster beer that was suppose to contain spirulina which was sold out and am currently in the process of being brewed. I guess that was just a poor judgement of the quantities they had to keep in production since this place wasn't exactly brimming with customers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i was thinking about paying this place a visit since i drive by the "tanglin village" area after work everyday, but after reading ur entry, I'd better think twice. thanks for the heads up!