Chopsuey Cafe

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.

Chopsuey Cafe

Chopsuey Cafe

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?

Pumpkin & cod dumpling, S$9.00++

Pumpkin & cod dumpling, S$9.00++

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.

Pumpkin cod dumpling, cross-sectioned

Pumpkin cod dumpling, cross-sectioned

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.

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Crispy Duck Pow

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.

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Homemade tofu and chicken salad

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!

Sauces

Condiments tray

We were impressed with the condiments tray. The 3 spicy sauces — each one a unique house blend — were very appetizing.

Something you can't find in authentic Chinese restaurants - fortune cookies.

Something you can’t find in authentic Chinese restaurants – fortune cookies.

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.

Chopsuey Cafe
Block 10 Dempsey Road
#01-23
Singapore 247700
Tel: +65 9224 6611
URL: chopsueycafe.com

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)

Dinner
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)

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Comments

  1. Betty says

    Julia, I understand this type fusion restaurant is overrated in price but in comparing Ming Tsai Blue Ginger restaurant is average price so else where in states. Martin Yan MY China is pretty high also in San Francisco and mostly tourists goes there. Chopsuey Cafe is a restaurant expats and tourists like me like for food is like what we would eat back in states. Price same in states.

    • says

      Hi Betty,

      Yup, maybe Chopsuey Cafe is serving Chinese-American food at American prices. If their food is good, we won’t mind paying for the quality.