Disgruntled Chef — Singapore, Singapore

Interior view of Disgruntled Chef featuring grey panelled walls and a door, a dark coloured curved seat, dining tables with tableware, muted green chairs and a clear vase with white flowers and foliage
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It was only a matter of time before Daniel Sia parlayed the success of his Dempsey Road restaurant Disgruntled Chef into a second outlet.

However, in a food-obsessed country like Singapore, where prime lots for restaurant spaces are increasingly hard to find, finding the right spot was never going to be easy.

Happily, the renovation of The Club hotel this year provided the perfect opening for Sia and his crew to move in. Local outfit Rockett Studio swathed the basement restaurant with a palette of rich hues, textured layers of fabric and hard furnishings, and quirky touches, all effortlessly channeled into a contemporary plantation theme – think sinuous green armchairs with brass-tipped legs, Venetian leather banquettes, long lengths of mirrors painted with botanicals by Ruth Parker, and silk walk panels by Fromental.

Equally gratifying is the fact that the setting never overshadows the mod, lightly Asian-inflected menu. Toast the night with a Tom Collins or Mai Tai at the black, white-veined marble topped bar before settling into suckling pig served with purple potato puree, a delicate trout confit with black truffle salsa, or a slab of Welsh lamb accented with saffron tomato soubise, leaving room for a Roquefort ice-cream with candied violets.

Interior view of the dining area at Disgruntled Chef featuring grey panelled walls, two multi-light fixtures, dark coloured seating, muted green chairs, wooden tables with tableware and wooden flooring

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Interior view of the bar at Disgruntled Chef featuring grey walls, spotlights, two oval mirrors, blue chairs and a mirrored wall unit with bottles of drinks and glasses behind the bar

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Interior view of a dining area at Disgruntled Chef featuring a brown and black triangle design on the walls, a black multi-light fixture, a wooden dining table with tableware and white flowers in the centre, dark coloured chairs and a dark unit with a plant, lamp and shelf with multiple glass decanters

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Interior view of the bar and a dining area at Disgruntled Chef featuring grey walls, wooden flooring, pendant lights, a curved marble effect bar counter, blue and muted green chairs, wooden tables with tableware and dark coloured curved seating

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ADDRESS

28 Ann Siang Road
Singapore

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.