Tuesday, December 25, 2012

P.S. Cafe Palais Rennaisance ... Our little Christmas Chillout

P.S. Cafe ... Is that P.S. for Project Shop? I recalled Project Shop started retailing apparels and bags and cool fashion bric bracs. The cafe came later and it seems that the cafe business becomes more profitable. From one P.S. Cafe, there are now four of them. As I like basking in their chill-out among the green concept at Harding Road ...

... I also enjoy immersing into the casual ambience of the P.S. Cafe at Palais Renaissance right inside the Orchard Road shopping belt. Inside the Palais's cafe, the high ceiling evoked a feeling of spaciousness which is a rare characteristic in the Singapore real estate context these days.This spaciousness extends out into their outdoor dining area where ceiling fans coupled with the high ceiling help beat down the sweltering heat. This made outdoor dining possible and somewhat cooling on Christmas Day. I was planning for a high tea chill-out among HY, Chris, little Julien and me but guess what ... all the choice high teas were fully reserved. People do get very hungry on Christmas day huh :). The only choices were places like P.S Cafe that have a No Reservation policy.

Daily Specials written up on a chalkboard is a given at P.S. Cafe. Whichever P.S. Cafe you visit, don't ignore the chalkboards where the chef's specials are listed. These are usually something off the menu which may just make your day!
Smoked Turkey Arrabiata - Manuka Smoked Turkey with Tortiglioni, Buffalo Mozarella,, Sugar Snap and wilted spinach tossed in spicy tomato sauce. (one of the daily specials)  The use of smoked turkey and the red tomato base sauce made this one of the dish to have for Christmas. The turkey was shredded so it was tender. The arrabiata sauce was fiery hot and I liked that.

P.S. Steak Sandwich - Grainfed Steak Strips on Chargrilled Bread, Crunchy Greens, Ginger Garlic Teriyaki,, glaze with toasted sesame and Nori Seaweed Shoestring Fries. (one of the daily specials) The recommended doneness of the steak strips is medium. The chargrilled bread gave the extra smokey flavor on first whiff. As you sink your fangs deeper, the beef jus and teriyaki oozes out to line the palate. The addictive shoestring fries attracted two other outstretched arms. Fortunately, there was more than enough to go around.

P.S. Caesar with Grilled Prawns -  House Caesar salad with poached eggs, smoked crispy bacon, baby coz and baked croutons tossed in Chef's dressing with freshly shaved parmesan. Chris ordered the House Caesar which was seemingly the healthiest choice on our table. Crunchy greens, crunchy croutons, crunchy grilled prawns!

To get all sweet and sticky, you gotta have the cafe's favorite ...

Sticky Lemon and Chewy Florentine Cake served with vanilla ice cream

Sticky Date Pudding with toffee sauce topped with vanilla ice cream.

We also liked the infusions offered by the cafe ...

My Old Ginger Root to chase away the colds and sooth the stomach.

Peppermint Tea .. helps to clear the respiratory tract and even helps with indigestion.

As I observed, only the coolest of folks visit P.S.Cafe. A man with a green straw hat carrying a pink hand bag saunters in catwalk style to a neighboring table, oops sorry, that's the gf's hand bag. A few tables away a few twenty-ish young girls in their sun dress hugging each other as they meet, just like the scenes in Sex and the City when the friends meet.

Level 2 Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road
P.S. Cafe Website

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