Top-quality Westernised-Chinese comfort dishes served amid elegance of colonial-era inspired decor
April 21st, 2016
Nestled within the tropical parklands of Singapore’s heritage listed Dempsey Hills enclave, Chopsuey Cafe occupies a beautifully decorated space within one of the original colonial-era British Army barracks buildings. Serving an appetising cuisine derived from nostalgic Chinese comfort dishes found in Chinatown restaurants across urban Australia, USA and UK, Chopsuey also stands out with its polished service and atmosphere of casual sophistication. The local founders of ChopSuey Cafe (and the sibling PS Cafes) have drawn their culinary inspiration from personal experiences of eating out during visits to Western cities – and have impeccably married the cuisine concept with an interior decor that exudes a distinctly Singaporean aesthetic referencing the iconic early 20th Century black-and-white bungalows that once housed the colonial elites. Opened in late-2012, Chopsuey is a well-liked destination for relaxed weekday lunches, weekend brunches and elegant evening drinks and dining, either within the air-conditioned indoor dining room, or on the open-air garden terraces.
Design Occupying an expansive space with a pleasing parkland outlook, the high-ceilinged interior features a striking black and white palette that evokes a colonial-era blend of British and Asian architectural influences. Meticulously decorated, the predominantly white interior is contrasted by black timber flooring and window frames, woven black rattan dining chairs – with white marble utilised extensively on table tops and the bar counters. In addition to the main dining room and bar, other seating options include a private space set behind folding glass screens, the covered veranda at the entrance, and a large outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens.
Cuisine Guests at Chopsuey can expect a menu replete with flavorful renditions of Chinese dishes evocative of nostalgic Chinatown experiences, complemented with contemporary Western interpretations of popular Asian dishes. Traditional Chinese dishes are enhanced with premium meats, fresh seafood, and fresh organic vegetables – attractively plated on crisp white tableware. Both lunch and weekend brunch menus feature tantalising selections of traditional and creative dim sum made fresh daily. Indulgent desserts are also a highlight at Chopsuey – taking cues from the legendary desserts of the sibling PS Cafes.
Beverages In addition to a wide selection of wines, champagne, premium spirits and beers, creative Asian-inspired cocktails highlight the beverages at the bar. Classic and house signature cocktails are suffused with a tropical twist – with fresh fruits, herbs and spices adding local flavour accents to the well-balanced and refreshing drinks.
Chopsuey Cafe opens daily – with lunch and dim sum menus served between 11:30m and 6:30pm, and nightly dinner service from 6:30pm. Table bookings are advised for the indoor dining room most evenings, and weekend brunches are always busy. Another branch of Chopsuey Cafe is located at Martin Road.