Fun food to flirt with

SIMPLE BUT GOOD: This simple dish of chilled cucumber ($8 with crushed chili peanuts, nori and goma) turned out to be one of the most memorable at Neon Pigeon. It is refreshing and addictive.
CRISPY SPROUTS: Another deceptively simple dish - crispy brussels sprouts ($12) - was delicious. It is sprinkled with mirin-glazed bacon bits and you eat this with a wasabi mayonnaise. Super enjoyable.
OILY AND SWEET BONE: The roasted bone marrow ($18) is disappointing. It has a strange blast of citrus and it was just too oily and rather sweet. It was more balanced when I returned unannounced, but there are other dishes to try here. Do not bother with this.
ALL GOOD: Make sure you try the slowcooked octopus ($18). I do not know which is more appealing, the mellow cauliflower sauce or the delicious, smoked octopus.
TOO SPICY: The chargrilled meatloaf ($17) left me confused. That is, I don’t know if I like it or not. It is a full-flavoured but tiny dish. When I returned, I found it so spicy that the balance was thrown off. But the sauteed onions were delicious and the chilli glaze worked.
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Celebrity Chow with Korean-American YouTube star David Choi

Celebrity Chow with Korean-American YouTube star David Choi.
Steamed clam.
Baby squid.
Chilli crab.

Dempsey Hill is one of Singapore's most popular dating spots.

Korean-American singer-songwriter and YouTube sensation David Choi has immortalised the laid-back area in his song.

The tender acoustic ditty, Dempsey Hill, was penned after a memorable, romantic night out.

"I came here with a girl. We had dinner, and I just went home and was inspired to write a song about it," said Choi.

"Dempsey Hill is quiet and there are lots of great restaurants and cafes to dine at. And you can take a walk around the area too."

One of his favourite restaurants is Long Beach @ Dempsey - his go-to spot for seafood in Singapore.

He said: "The chilli crab is fantastic. I've tried chilli crab at other places but I think the crab here wins hands down."

Read the full report in our print edition on May 27.

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