Gemmills — a quaint, hole-in-the-wall bar and all-day dining cafe tucked in a back alley along Gemmill Lane — celebrates a refreshed look and menu. Opened by the people behind Maggie Joan’s and Moosehead, its name is inspired by John Gemmill, a successful auctioneer and banker in the 1840s who donated the Gemmill Fountain (Singapore’s first public drinking fountain.
Gemmills’ rustic interior is now brighter with a more spacious dining area and a fully functional open kitchen. Its white walls are filled with pictures of Singapore in the 1930s.
My favourite spot has got to be this cosy area, complete with sofa, potted plants and natural light.
Along with its new interiors, Gemmills’ refreshed menu include simple yet substantial bites with Mediterranean influence.
For a start, we had the Grilled Chicken, Cauliflower & Quinoa Tabouleh Salad ($16). A healthy plate of Mediterranean-style salad comprising zesty quinoa and buckwheat, tender and flavourful chicken chunks, Inka-roasted cauliflower florets and studded with fresh pomegranate, fresh mint, green chilli as well as a touch of greek yoghurt.
This hearty and refreshing salad is perfect if you are looking for a light meal.
The Squid Ragu & House Baked Sourdough ($16) is also recommended. Tender and springy squid in a tangy tomato sauce with a touch of zesty lemon. Served with housemade sourdough. The sauce’s so flavourful, you’ll want some extra slices of sourdough to soak up every bit of the sauce!
What took my heart away is the Lamb Lasagne ($22). Lamb shoulder braised in red wine and tomatoes overnight, then shredded. The tender and flavourful shredded lamb is layered with lasagna sheets and a cheese sauce comprising gorgonazola, machego and other cheeses, and then baked.
I like it that Gemmills substitute the usual beef for pulled lamb shoulder which makes a nice change from the norm and gives this dish a wonderful taste profile.
For desserts, we opted for Pecan Pie & Whipped Lemon Cream ($9). A flaky, buttery, short crust tart shell crowned with caramelised bourbon-infused pecans. The whipped lemon cream cuts through the sweetness of this nutty pie.
Order a cup of coffee/tea, freshly squeezed juice or even a glass of wine to go along with the food.
If you are looking to enjoy a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, Gemmills is the go-to comfy escape for drinks and grub.
Address: 110 Amoy Street, #01-02, Singapore 069930 (Entrance from Gemmill Lane)
Telephone: +65 6221 5564
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am till 12am, Saturday: 11am till 12am, Closed on Sunday.
*Content by Geraldine, Photography by Alain