I finally get the big deal that is PS Cafe. The fanfare lies with their pizzas, only available at their "petit" branches, which are one of the best in SG.
[Aside: did you know that there was a PS Cafe in Tiong Bahru??!?? Coz I sure didn't!! I frequent that enclave, and I've actually walked past the outlet several times, but I never realised it was a P.S. Cafe!!]
So anyways, at the recommendation of a colleague who's a big big fan of PS Cafe, a bunch of us from work trooped down to Tiong Bahru on a languid Friday (because, TGIF!!), to chill at PS Cafe Petit.
The cafe, a chic spot bedecked in black with a pretty little greenhouse-like nook, is wonderfully cool to hang out in the blazing heat of the afternoon sun. The staffing is purposely kept lean, so the bistro works like a self-serviced fast-food joint. You find your own seating, order and pay at the counter, and collect your food when your buzzer rings. And when you're done, there's the one staff to clear the table. That being said, it's nice to clear your own crap.
A must-try, the Carbonara ($28), dotted with pancetta and bacon, slathered with parmesan cream, melted mozzarella, grated pecorino, and spiked with fresh basil and crispy sage. I loved the herb additives, they lent a unique and refreshing twist to the familiar flavours of carbonara. And that delicious garlicky chilli oil paste, that added a lovely punchy accent.
The Winter Salami Margherita ($28), a meaty spin on the vegetarian classic, was loaded with mozzarella, cheddar, bologna scarmozina cheese, and rings of szeged magalista pork hungarian winter salami. The pizza crust was something else altogether, perfectly balanced between the thin and thick, so it was at once chewy and fluffy, and imbued with a smoky essence from the wood-fired oven.
I'm trying to eat healthy, so I snuck in some greens, so assuage any carb-loading guilt, and the Superfood Salad ($12) was a beautiful melange of blueberries, almonds, pumpkin, quinoa, broccoli, spinach, romaine, roasted nuts, and goji berries, tossed in a lively orange rosemary dressing, was absolutely scrumptious. So scrumptious, in fact, that it should have been sinful.
A popular mainstay throughout the PS Cafe branches, the Truffle Shoestring Fries ($12) heady with the aroma of truffle oil, was salted with grated parmesan and a sprinkling of parsley.
P.S. Cafe Petit
Blk 78 Guan Chuan Street
Open weekdays from 11am to 11pm;
weekends from 9.30am to 11pm