JYPSY: PS.Cafe's new Japanese alter ego gets our nod of approval
Now, the homeground Singapore brand is gallivanting in a new direction — or rather a new country; with its debut of JYPSY, a hip new sister restaurant dabbling in contemporary Japanese cuisine. Taking the place of Chopsuey at Martin Road, JYPSY embodies the nomadic, free-wheeling spirit (hence its name), while cheekily sounding out the name of "PS" within.
The space is every bit as chic as you would deem a PS outfit — think muted tones of white and brown juxtaposed against striking fabric lanterns chiming in on the tatami climate. Helmed by Chef Taka from Osaka, the menu taps on his expertise and creative culinary direction. In place of stifling set menus, you'll enjoy a haute, inventive approach to premium Japanese produce instead.
Start off with their assorted sharing places – we loved their bluefin tuna, perfectly sliced and seasoned with furikake, avruga caviar and fresh wasabi paste. The sushi choices are plentiful and definitely won't disappoint; ours had tempura tiger prawns, avocado, red yuzu and kaffir lime all in one delectable bite. We're also convinced that their king salmon tacos could possibly be the most addictive inventions we have savoured in a while. Diced, marinated fish tucked in a fried seaweed shell? There's never a bad time for that.
Save room for mains with their hearty staple of wok-fried Japanese rice, dressed with cold agedashi tofu, strips of sweet omelette and a glistening slab of unagi. Undoubtedly, a winning combination deserving its own paean, and one we swore to return for. If you're feeling overwhelmed, kill the guilt with their cold crunchy cabbage salad, drizzled with sesame mayo and smoked paprika oil. Or you can simply turn the other cheek by ordering yourself one of their delectable handmade cream puffs, sizeable enough to split between two. Their matcha flavour had a whipped filling exuding just the right hint of bitterness, while leaving us wanting more.
The gift that keeps giving? PS.Cafe might just live up to it with this game-changing entrant.
No.38 Martin Road, Tel: 8188 6177
Opening hours: (Tues-Sun) 11.30am-4pm, 5.30pm-11pm