If you’ve heard of Bécasse, it’s likely because you’ve chanced upon it in ION Orchard. This one at Dempsey however, is an expansion of the brand, one under the Jones the Grocer group, into a full format dining concept, with seafood, meat, breakfast items, and a whole range of pastries prepared in-house on the site on a daily basis.
The restaurant serves up French and European-inspired dishes, and diners have a few options of where to be seated. The alfresco area facing the carpark right at the entrance, the air-conditioned main dining hall, or the alfresco area right at the back of the restaurant, the rear garden conservatory. The space is huge and I foresee no problem holding a big group.
Salted Caramel & Toffee Popcorn Macaron Milkshake ($8++) :: Between this and the Dark Chocolate version of the milkshake, I like the latter better, simply because it isn’t overly sweet. It’s quite worthy a milkshake, very rich and thick, and a big fat macaron included, one that is not too bad at all in my opinion; reasonably rich ganache with some chewiness to the macaron shells.
Iced Lemon & Honey with French Earl Grey ($6++) :: I don’t usually quite believe in Iced Tea Infusions, but I was proven wrong with this. I love Earl Grey, and this concoction is one that is really light and smooth, easy to drink with the sweetness from the lemon and honey, while retaining the taste of Earl Grey. It’s nothing sour too, which I prefer.
Sticky Date Pancakes ($13++) :: We started off on the right note with the stack of fluffy pancakes, drenched in the salty butterscotch sauce and topped with sliced bananas and vanilla ice cream. It was surprisingly not too heavy on the palate, and not too cloying. I could finish the entire dish, and maybe another one, on the same night by myself. Flavours were well-counterpoised and I like the warmth and coldness in one mouth. Classic but well done.
Croque Madame ($16++) :: A look at the golden-brown toasted brioche actually made me salivate. It was later to much disappointment when it turned out really dry, despite the sandwiched gruyere cheese and smoked leg ham. The truffle baked egg was slightly overcooked as well. Some of the egg whites stuck to the plate, but the egg yolk was thankfully flowy. Truffle taste and aroma were alright.
Anchovy Flat Bread ($9++) :: Anchovy, flat bread, soft onions, thyme and lemon zest. Simple small plate. If you like anchovies, it would already be half the battle worn. The other battle, however, depends on your luck. The flat bread I had that day was thick, tough and dry.
King Crab Rillettes ($15++) :: Similarly, the brioche toast was dry, and the king crab rillettes was no help in brightening the situation. To me, a rillette is supposed to be heavy, rich and bursting with flavours. However, it wasn’t the case here. The king crab meat didn’t taste very fresh, and was in fact rather dull. The only saving grace was the apple and fennel compote.
Seared Scallops ($22++) :: Sadly, the trio of scallops looked well-seared but turned out to be too tough, too dry. In all honesty, it was one of the worst scallops I’ve had, to the point that I didn’t even manage to finish one, let alone get the chance to pair it with the foie gras foam. However, I quite believe it was a one-off incident as I’ve read and heard good things about it. Just foul luck for me.
Entrecote & Frites ($28++) :: It’s a plate weighing 300g of scotch steak, and a separate holder of shoestring fries. The accompanying Bécasse sauce was too salty to have it poured over the steak. It was partly my fault; I should have requested for it to be on a separate container. The cut and doneness were otherwise fine for me, and reasonable for the price.
Desserts were hits and misses. From the foreground back, the Rose & Lychee Mousse ($4.90++) was my least favourite of the three. If it was purely a smooth mousse texture, it would have been alright, save that rose & lychee just aren’t to my preference to begin with. But objectively, their flavours were fine. However, there was some what seemed like biscuit textured layers in the center which was airy and ‘lao hong‘. The Gateaux Gateaux Opera ($6.90++) was better; one of the richer, thicker and more substantial Opera cakes I’ve had. My favourite of all was the Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart ($4.90++) – cheaper in price, but most indulgent of all. The salted caramel center was semi-fluid and a mouthful when paired with the chocolate tart. Not too sweet, not too salty, well-balanced for me. A dessert I would order again.
Love their drinks, love their desserts. However, their main courses just didn’t quite make the cut. I wouldn’t really pay a visit here for their mains. Unless of course it’s their incredibly amazing Sticky Date Pancakes!
What’s worth paying for:
Dark Chocolate Macaron Milkshake.
Iced Lemon & Honey with French Earl Grey.
Sticky Date Pancakes.
Gateaux Gateaux Opera.
Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart.
Address: Block 10, Dempsey Hill
Telephone: 6479 8119 (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (daily)
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