There is a new place in town for dim sum, and it is not in a typical Chinese restaurant. Tucked away in a corner of Dempsey Village is Chopsuey Cafe, the new concept restaurant by the P.S.Cafe group. I checked it out last week before it closed for the Lunar New Year hols, which happened to be the first day they opened for brunch service.
Chopsuey Cafe presents a collage of fond food memories inspired by the many good times abroad spent in Chinese restaurants or takeaways satiating the food cravings of a hungry student or traveler.
The decor is highly Colonial-inspired, befitting the building's heritage as a army barracks.
For those who love outdoor dining, there's also the choice of al fresco area.
Here's a look at what we had at brunch. The dim sum is delish...
Sweet Corn, Fresh Crab & Egg DropThis is one of the best version I have ever tasted. Fresh handpicked crab meat with cut corn from a cob. I highly recommend this soup.
Sticky Crunch Baby Squid
It has a slight Thai cuisine influence to this dish. If you like squid, you must try this.
Pumpkin and Cod DumplingHow clever for the chef to shape the dumplings like little pumpkins. Not my fav but they are sure pretty.
Flaky Char Siew PuffThey don't look like the traditional Char Siew pastries that you see in Chinese restaurants. These taste really good as they are truly flaky and not doughy.
Steamed Char Siew BunThese hot buns will give the Chinese restaurants a run for their money. Really delish.
Steamed Prawn Dumpling
Smoked Duck & Lychee Salad
Not my fav but hubs loved it. I would say give it a miss and stick to dim sum.
Great ambiance, good service and delicious food. I will definitely be back for more. A great place to introduce Chinese & Asian cuisine to your visiting friends, as well as a quaint place for locals to have dim sum in a different setting.
They don't take reservations for brunch, but they do for dinner and is highly recommended. For more information, please visit chopsueycafe.com.