PS.Cafe's mod-Japanese coastal getaway on the tip of Robertson Quay
PS.Cafe takes a stab at Japanese cuisine, in an all-new concept that upholds the winning PS recipe of one-part aesthetic, one-part elegant comfort food. A menu focus on intricate Japanese-leaning fusion, and a charming overall coastal theme, makes Jypsy a worthwhile adversary in the already competitive neighborhood of Robertson Quay.
The hype: PS.Cafe takes a stab at Japanese cuisine, in an all-new concept that upholds the winning PS recipe of one-part aesthetic, one-part elegant comfort food. A menu focus on intricate Japanese-leaning fusion, and a charming overall coastal theme, makes Jypsy a worthwhile adversary in the already competitive neighborhood of Robertson Quay.
The vibe: Jypsy takes its place on that spot along Martin Road, sharing the elegant space with sister concept PS.Cafe Martin Road. Inside, splashes of white, neutral tones and Mediterranean blue help achieve the Japanese coastline aesthetic it was going for. The finishing touch comes in white paper lanterns strung around the restaurant, whisking you instantly away to the island life you never knew you craved.
The food: Think quaint plates of Japanese, treated with a contemporary hand and Osaka-born Chef Taka’s fondness for premium produce. Skeptics beware, for the fish dishes at Jypsy are as fresh as the ocean itself, with sashimi that can rival any Japanese stalwart. To that end, try the Jypsy Salmon Tacos ($14), Yellowtail Ceviche ($19) and sushi—both the Jypsy Rainbow ($19) plate of torched salmon belly tartare, Bluefin tuna and yellowtail, and Bluefin Tuna Sashimi ($24) make good starters.
For hot sharing plates, there’s Obasan’s Sticky Beef Sliders ($15) with Tajima wagyu beef, cheekily inspired by Chef Taka’s own mother; and the Nest of Fries ($11), an addictive spin on traditional Japanese kakiage, washed lightly with white truffle oil and served with wasabi mayo. A fan favorite for sure, though we personally lean a little more towards the classic PS truffle fries.
Or, dig into locally inspired bowls; the Smokey Unagi Fried Rice ($22) has a distinct wok hei taste that pairs well with the eel, which itself isn’t too fishy. More of a noodle person? The Udon Goreng ($19) is a safe bet then, mixing wok-fried udon noodles with Jypsy’s chili sambal, topped with Teriyaki pork belly skewers for your dose of protein.
Jypsy’s thoughtful plating and innovation shines in its desserts too. You can’t go wrong with the tart Yuzu Tofu Cheesecake ($10) or the massive Mama Cream Puff ($9), which comes in your choice of matcha, vanilla and apple pie. Us though; we like the Watermelon Granita ($9)—a happy blend of sweet and sour (from the calamansi jelly) that’s perfect for a scorching day.
The drinks: To go with its Japanese menu, Jypsy has a neat line-up of traditional sakes and Japanese craft beers. Better yet, take a chance on one of the refreshing cocktails—the Batida de Mango ($19) is fruity enough to make you forget you’re sipping Benedictine.
Why you’ll be back: In all honesty, the PS brand can do no wrong in our eyes—so it’s only a bonus that Jypsy is able to stand on its own two feet with quality plates as fresh as they are unpretentious. And with such a well thought-out setting, it’s certainly a place you’ll be itching to return to the moment you walk out those glass doors.