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Restaurants by the PS Café Group are never just restaurants—they are gorgeous spaces, so tastefully put together that you wish the owners would set up an interior design arm so you can tap on their prowess in your own homes.

Chopsuey and PS Petit at Martin No. 38 are no different. In the Chopsuey dining room, there is polished dark wood, marble and brass accents, and beautiful glass accessories everywhere you turn. Co-owner Philip Chin’s oversized floral arrangements anchor the space, imbuing it with lush tropical chic. To match, the menu is stuffed with Anglo-Chinese classics, elevated by the use of quality produce. To wit: the restaurant’s eponymous dish is made from seasonal organic baby vegetables given a quick stir-fry in a searing hot wok and kissed with the sharpness and heat of holy basil.

There is the classic Rusty Nails—wok-crisped grain-fed beef short ribs tossed in a caramelised orange sauce—and favourites like General Tso’s chicken drumlets, along with steamed dim sum at lunch, as well as irresistible desserts that call out from the gleaming cake counter that lines one side of the dining room.

If you have a problem figuring out what to order from the sprawling menu, you could do worse than to start with the Crispy Duck Pow! Pockets and the Crispy Crackly Organic Eggs with King Prawns.

At the adjoining PS Petit, the vibe is more casual, with shelves heaving with wine and counters bearing more cake and ice cream. On the menu is a list of what would otherwise be considered “fast food” prepared according to “slow food” sensibilities. So while there are pizzas to be had, they are decidedly gourmet pizzas topped with, for example, house-made kurobuta pork and fennel sausages, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and shaved fennel. If you are inclined to the pleasures of burgers and other American classics, they are all there as well, including a fall-off-the-bone tender St Louis pork ribs and home-style fried chicken.

Meanwhile, the wall of Enomatic machines dispenses 16 different wines by the glass. These are no run-of-the-mill vino—rather, they comprise a carefully curated selection of wines that are usually only available in restaurants. The same goes for the nearly 200 labels on sale, which until now, were previously unavailable to the public for retail purchase.

With so many top-notch options under one seriously stylish roof, it’s a wonder that residents of Martin No. 38 dine anywhere else at all.

www.pscafe.com

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