In our seemingly relentless search for the best brunch spot (although, we've arguably found our brunch soulmate in Wild Honey), we hit up PS Café, one of the earliest cafes in Singapore to kickstart our love-affair/obsession with brunch.
Nestled in the lush Dempsey dining enclave, PS Café has, throughout the sprouting up of numerous brunch places every other week, remained popular. It's still as crowded as ever. And, because they take no reservations, this is one place that really redefines the idea of brunch, in that you gotta wake up real early and be there by 10 am to get a table. To me, eating at 10 am on a weekend does not count as brunch. That's considered breakfast. But clearly, the early bird does get the worm. Around here at least. So if you love sleeping in, be prepared to wait it out, like those poor sods we saw fanning themselves by the outdoor patio in the muggy heat of Singapore, for a table to open up.
I can't understand the fuss about PS Café though. The food's plainly unimpressive and service is flustered and harried.
The Portobello Stack ($24) was barely passable. The brioche is nothing like Wild Honey's thick buttery toasties. These actually seemed like toasted white bread. The poached eggs, while done to a good semi-runny consistency, was disappointingly tasteless. Even with the drizzle of balsamic reduction. Save for the juicy, pesto-topped grilled tomatoes and deconstructed potato gratin, which was more pancake than gratin anyway, the bacon and portobello were standard, unmemorable fare.
The signature PS Bacon & Eggs ($27) was an epic fail with its evidently overfried-to-a-rubbery-state eggs. The baked beans were of the generic canned variety and the toast forgettable. Only the chorizo sausage, grilled tomatoes and streaky bacon were worth eating, which isn't saying much, seeing as they require little effort in grilling them.
While the egg dishes were clearly lackluster, I did try my friend's shepherd's pie, which was pretty darn good. It was hearty and juicy and delicious. And the cream of mushroom was very decent as well, thick and chunky and wholesome. If I had to go back, those would be my picks for a return visit.
28B Harding Road
Tel: 6479 3343
Open Mondays to Thursdays from 11.30am to 12midnight
Fridays from 11.30am to 2am
Saturdays from 9.30am to 2am
Sundays from 9.30am to 12midnight