COCONUTS HOT SPOT — After dabbling with east-meets-west fare through Chopsuey Cafe, homegrown brunch joint PS Cafe dives deeper into Asian food with JYPSY, a new spot offering a “contemporary yet casual approach” to Japanese cuisine.
If you’ve stepped into any PS Cafe locations across the country, you already know what to expect at JYPSY. The brand takes its interior design and overall aesthetics mighty seriously (for extreme Instagram-ibility), and its new concept at 38 Martin Road is no different. The 65-seater space yells Chic Japanese Fishery, with wooden pillars and white fabric lanterns alongside mid-century modern armchairs in hues of bottle-green.
But, as always, it’s the food that matters most. When the kitchen at a restaurant touting Japanese cuisine is helmed by a chef from Osaka, it’s a good sign. Chef Taka isn’t a purist though, and what he offers is a playful approach to the food of his culture. Take the JYPSY Salmon Tacos ($14), for example — they’re seaweed “taco” shells filled with king salmon, seaweed, avocado, tomato salsa, wasabi mayo, and ikura.
The Nest of Fries ($11) is Chef Taka’s sinful take on Kakiage and PS Cafe’s iconic truffle fries with battered deep-fried shredded potato, while the JYPSY Crunchy Cabbage Pile ($7) doesn’t need explaining because the dish is literally a heap of shredded cabbage with sesame dressing and smoked paprika oil to taste.
For patrons who do want something that veers into traditional territory, JYPSY has varieties of sushi rolls, sashimi, and robayataki using premium-grade air-flown ingredients. Standard stuff, but scrumptious, with the Bluefin Tuna Sashimi ($24) being a particularly memorable highlight, thanks to the shichimi furikake, wasabi, and avruga caviar accompanying the slices of tuna.
The selection of All Day Bowls is where the creativity for fusion Japanese nosh comes into play. In something that should have been widely thought of before, the comforting Smokey Unagi Fried Rice ($22) is basically wok hei fried (Japanese!) rice topped with grilled eel, as well as tofu, pickles, slaw, and omelette. The Udon Goreng ($19) is more Southeast Asian than Japanese, with thin udon noodles cooked with homemade chili sambal and other spices that give the standard mee goreng its distinctive taste. Its protein accompaniment arrives in the form of two teriyaki pork belly skewers.
Aside from traditional sakes and Japanese craft beers, patrons can pair their meals with concoctions such as the Citrus Highball (with Suntory 80 proof, soda, and lemon), the sweet Sake Spritz (sake, St-Germaine liqueur, plum and fig), or the Sparkling Yuzu & Lemongrass soda for non-alcoholics.
Speaking of sweet treats, the Yuzu Tofu Cheesecake ($10) is a Japanese-inspired nod to PS Cafe’s dark chocolate and banana cheesecake. Alternatively, cool your taste buds with Watermelon Granita ($9).
JYPSY is at 38 Martin Rd.
Tues-Sun 11:30am-4pm, 5:30pm-11pm.
MRT: Fort Canning