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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid
PS Cafe Locality Map
28B Harding Rd,
Opening 8am–11pm Daily