There hasn’t been much positive response to the latest opening by the PS Cafe folks. A cheeky nod to its moniker, ChoPSuey’s concept is Westernized Chinese food. The menu is a mishmash of classic Chinese dishes with a quirky Anglicized spin (eg. truffle yam ball) and American Chinese-inspired dishes like General Tso’s chicken drumlets, and of course, chopsuey — a stirfry of mixed vegetables.
Housed in a colonial black and white house in Dempsey, the sunlight-filled interior is gorgeously chic, classy, and inviting. The beautifully styled dishes look like they jumped straight out of a Donna Hay magazine.
Such spectacular decor and presentation come with spectacular prices to match. s$36++ for seafood noodle, anyone?
At 3 times the price of what other Chinese restaurants in Singapore are charging for dimsum, it’s inevitable that diners’ expectations will be 3 times as high.
The pumpkin and cod dumplings wowed us with presentation, but the taste was disappointing.
The skin was doughy and so sticky it stuck to the insides of my mouth. Very unpleasant mouthfeel. The filling tasted more like spicy mashed sardine rather than cod.
Duck pockets = steamed Chinese buns stuffed with duck confit slices and crispy beancurd skin. This creation is actually rather enjoyable, but they could have been more generous with the duck confit (only 2 paper-thin slices in each bun!). The buns were also a little on the dry side.
Bound together with a piquant and complex dressing, the chicken salad was a delicious medley of flavors and textures. This is one dish that we’d love to have again!
We were impressed with the condiments tray. The 3 spicy sauces — each one a unique house blend — were very appetizing.
After reading other reviews which said that Chopsuey’s mains are better than their starters, perhaps we should have ordered some mains to try.
I have nothing against gimmicky bastardized Chinese food, but prices here are just too high for the mediocre food quality. And yes, Singaporeans are very price sensitive and like to compare.
Cool concept, but less than successful execution. I hope they buck up, improve the food quality, and maybe reduce prices. Maybe then, we might come back.
Block 10 Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 9224 6611
Lunch & tea
Weekdays: 11.30am – 6.30pm (last food orders 4.00pm, last tea orders 6.30pm)
Brunch & tea
Sat & Sun: 9.30am – 6.30pm (last food orders 4.00pm, last tea orders 6.30pm)
Mon – Thu, Sun: 6.30pm – 12.00am (last food orders 10.30pm, last bar orders 11.00pm)
Fri & Sat: 6.30pm – 2.00am (last food orders 10.30pm, last bar orders 1.00am)