Fancy a fancy cuppa in a chill café environment? PS Cafe would be a name which comes to most people’s mind renowned for such offerings in Singapore, particular their Dempsey branch. Let’s take a visit and dine-in with a shared experience from their outlets.

Welcome to PS Cafe at Dempsey Road with a chill open cafe interior
Welcome to PS Cafe at Dempsey Road with a chill open cafe interior.

Moreover, PS Cafe restaurant space is one of openness, tad of a chill out high tea restaurant. It typically revolves about an open restaurant space with high ceilings. These comprised of air-conditioned spaces ventilated with ceiling fans, as seen in their flag ship branch at Dempsey and secondary stores at Raffles City mall and Great World city mall.

The interior at their Raffles City branch PS cafe
The interior at their Raffles City branch PS cafe.

Furthermore, PS cafe offers a selection of hot meals and sandwiches as part of their dine-in menu options. At its core, PS cafe shines as a high tea and brunch place. However, if you are a hungry foodie, PS café does offer a selection of mains, though menu offerings are not exactly what I call value. Their portions are tad small on the servings size for the premium asking price.

Bar area of PS Cafe at Dempsey
Bar area of PS Cafe at Dempsey.

$1 for the food, $10 for the ambience

Having said that, their menu sections are simple. On their menu is a section of western European mains, sandwiches, burgers and pasta. Also, I find the establishment is more of a cakes and cafe place but also serves a variety of hot dishes which you can pass off for lunch, brunch or dinner.

Their Steak sandwich ($32), one of their better dishes
Their Steak sandwich ($32), one of their better dishes.

Furthermore, recommended mains include their Steak sandwich ($32) and Crispy roasted chicken ($29) which are safe bets and makes for a great brunch or lunch option. Additionally, their Steak sandwich comprising of Grain fed sirloin steak is grilled well and served on sourdough buns with salad with shoestring fries.

Crispy roasted chicken ($22)
Crispy roasted chicken ($22).

Also, their Crab Tart ($32) is quite an interesting offering worth trying. It is essentially prawn bisque-like with lemon dressed mix stuffed in a baked tart. It is served as one tart split in the middle allowing you to appreciate the intricate fillings within. Nice, but not worth the $32 asking price.

Not fantastic food for the price

Moreover, at the same price point, I found their food quality is inconsistent across the board and tad not as wholesome and as impressive. This is in comparison to similarly-priced competing offerings in town, like Wild honey restaurant we visited previously.

Crab Tart ($32), it is also quite filling for its small size
Crab Tart ($32), it is also quite filling for its small size.

Speaking of which, PS Cafe fried chicken on the other hand are one of the less impressive offerings. It is tad a swirled deep fired oily mess. To make up for this, their burgers a actually not bad, the patties are offered at a similar quality to that of Fat Boys Burgers, but at a much higher price premium. This reduces the value offerings here at PS Cafe.

PS Burger Club ($28), done with wagyu steaks fillets
PS Burger Club ($28), done with wagyu steaks fillets.

Also, I find $32 for their Tiger beer-battered Snapper fillet fish and chips tad small on the servings side, not to mention rather dry and oily on the batter end. It is overpriced too, considering you can get better tasting and larger portions at much lower prices, such as British fish and chips at Smith’s in Bukit Timah.

Less impressive Tiger beer-battered Snapper fish and chips ($32)
Less impressive Tiger beer-battered Snapper fish and chips ($32). they are just three thin strips of dried-out fish.
PS cafe Fries chips and dip, a pricey $19 for regular fries
PS cafe Fries chips and dip, a pricey $19 for regular fries.

Best visited weekday afternoons

Furthermore, I found their Dempsey branch one of the better offerings in terms of a ambience and scenery. The café overlooks and a sub-forested area which you can experience in their mall branches.

PS cafe outdoor dining area overlooking greenery at their Dempsey branch
PS cafe outdoor dining area overlooking greenery at their Dempsey branch.

Moreover, the cafe does gets full even on weekday afternoons. Not to mention weekends which is quite impossible to find a table larger for groups of 2, where the wait can up to an hour. Also, it is not uncommon to see the establishment packed to brim, with queues at their Dempsey branch especially on peak weekend brunch and dinner periods. Hence it is best to avoid the café during these times. Speaking of crowds, 2 persons is the best group size to done here as most tables here caters for two.

Dempsey entrance
Sandwich
Crab pie

I find the crowds tad hectic and tad of a crowded splash and dash dining experience which would otherwise distract from the chill offerings PS Café can offer. Also, the store offers happy hour drinks typically in the afternoons before 6pm, to help ease out the crowds.

A place for a cuppa

Additionally, on top of coffee, cakes, if you for a British cuppa, teas are served by the pot ($7.50 per pot). You can ask for a complimentary additional cup for sharing as a couple. Also, I was thankful the café was able to provide free-refills. The tea in the pot is good for about 2-3 refills of hot-water before losing taste. The staff promptly tops up you hot water without any additional charge.

PS cafe Tea served by the pot
Tea served by the pot.

All in all, that wraps up my dine-in experiences in PS Cafe. Their dine-in food has inconsistent quality and tad an afterthought, with crowd management not being their strong points. Still, a place you could shortlist more for their ambience for drinks and cakes, a great place for a high-tea cuppa.

Verdict:

Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid

PS Cafe Locality Map

28B Harding Rd,
Singapore 249549
Opening 8am–11pm Daily

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