Along with many other Singaporeans, this is one of our favourite brunch haunts. If you arrive before midday on a Saturday or Sunday you might find one of the friendly waiters is able to usher you straight away to a table: after that you are likely to have to take your place patiently in quite a long queue.
Its popularity comes from a winning formula:-
Its location: it is a short walk from the busier part of Orchard Road, Singapore’s upmarket shopping hub. That undoubtedly helps, but that isn’t the only reason people return again and again.
The decor: this definitely adds to the atmosphere. The aesthetic eye that brought the interior design elements of P.S Cafe together was particularly effective: it borrows something from Singapore’s historic colonial houses. Think fans whirling in high industrial ceilings, while underfoot a Moorish terrazzo floor is echoed in woven black and white seats, dark furniture and glass. Against this monochrome palate, oversized vases contain a changing floral display, exotic pink-tinged hanging heliconia today.
The chill out factor: a wide variety of magazines and newspapers is an encouragement for weekend relaxing if ever there was one. For those who would prefer to be out in Singapore’s steamy heat there is also a spacious terrace. At midday with temperatures of 32 degrees and 95% relative humidity, indoors is where we would normally choose to be but, even then there are times when we opt for the terrace, the overhead fans make it feel a little cooler and it is an atmospheric place to be in the midst of a tropical downpour or at either end of the day.
That is the good news, the not so good news is that the menu is limited for the constrained amongst us. Despite that, there are days though when their artfully presented Fresh Berry Plate and chilled fresh fruit smoothies are the only things the gluten challenged amongst us would want to order anyway: those are the days we head to P.S. Cafe.
We usually choose the mango and kiwi or their srawberry and banana concoction whizzed separately with a little ice and piled on top of each other so they look rather lovely.
There are occasional items on the daily specials board that might work for us, but it is very much luck of the day. Note to P.S. Cafe: nirvana for one of us would be reached if you could make your chicken in a basket with g-f panko crumbs and cook it and their fellow fries in oil dedicated to the cause.
Otherwise, for The Unconstrained there is a row of enormous luscious looking cakes captured like huge butterflies under a series of glass domes. Lovely to look at even if the ‘eat me’ label has to be ignored by the rest of us.
For inveterate multi-taskers out there: P.S. Cafe is next door to Casey Inc Hair and Beauty, home to the talented eponymous Casey and the amazing May, custodian of these girls hair for the past twenty years. During the day, P.S. Cafe will happily deliver anything from their menu to Casey’s. How fabulous is that?
P.S Cafe @ Palais Renaissance, 02-09A Palais Renaissance,390 Orchard Road – Tel: (+ 65) 9834 8232 also at:
P.S Cafe, 288 Harding Road, Singapore 249549 and P.S Cafe Paragon, Level 3, Paragon S.C., 290 Orchard Road
Casey Inc. Hair and Beauty, Palais Renaissance,390 Orchard Road 03-01, Singapore – Tel: 6235 5328