Restaurant review: Jypsy reopens at One Fullerton, offers casual Japanese fare and stunning Marina Bay views, Lifestyle News

We have kiki with our friends from PS. Café, took our parents for a family dinner at Chopsuey and lived out our laid back nomad fantasies at Jypsy.

There is no doubt that the PSGourmet group has delivered to many Singaporeans or visitors. After the contemporary Japanese restaurant closed at 38 Martin Road, it was brought back fairly quickly, and in town, no less.

Contrary to its name, however, there’s nothing gypsy about it. Instead, its new showcase at One Fullerton could be described as wabi-sabi meets earthy opulence. Expect nautical hints with blue and white elements, contrasting with rattan and warm wood furnishings. The standout piece is the towering ceiling lights with hand-dyed indigo fabrics that hang from the high ceiling.

In the evening, the open-air area with a large breezy canopy also serves as a romantic hotspot, facing the sweeping views of Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore River and the Flyer. It’s called eating with a view! Also, like its previous selling point, when it came to service, there was nothing but smiles and friendliness from the staff.

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Wherever you choose to relax, the young concept offers an oceanic menu, marrying traditional Mediterranean and Japanese flavors with a modern and playful nomadic spirit.

Designed to be shared, as you peruse the extensive menu that includes charcoal Tsukune sticks, sushi rolls and sashimi, house signatures, and more, dip into complimentary wasabi popcorn. Think the earthy, salty bite of hot corn with a pinch of wasabi heat that wakes up your taste buds. So addicting!

Hats off to its previous four successful years and for its extensive fan service, Jypsy One Fullerton has retained some of its signature dishes, such as the Nest of Fries ($14). As the name suggests, it offers the crispiest fries with a drizzle of balsamic umami teriyaki sauce and tangy wasabi mayo.

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We didn’t forget their Jypsy Salmon Tacos ($16) or Spicy Popcorn Shrimp ($16). A creative take on tacos, the latter is a dream team of salmon, tangy and creamy avocado, tomato salsa, splashes of salty ikura and wasabi mayo, served in a crispy seaweed shell.

The former sees a light and crispy tempura batter coating meaty prawns, before a topping of spicy ponzu chili mayonnaise and a squeeze of lemon – wash it down with a pint or cocktail for the best experience. Our gin-based Honey Dew Sour ($19) offered contrasting sweetness with the fruity, lemony notes of Midori melon and yuzu.

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Among the new items on the menu, the Bluefin & Chitose Crudo ($25) is worth a try. Paired with semi-dried tomatoes and hot basil ponzu, this is a plate that could make a hassle-free meal for a light eater. The fresh bluefin tuna and juicy tomatoes in the tangy, earthy ponzu present a wonderful contrast of textures and flavors.

The Robata Lamb Ribs ($28) was the evening’s favorite. These tender and succulent ribs melt in your mouth, while the mint, shiso and green garlic dip that accompanies them packs in umami flavors.

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Although we’re not big fans of eggplant, the vegetarian Melty Smokey Nasu ($12) caught our eye with a sweet and interesting mouthfeel, amid the sweet-salty flavor of its caramel glaze. with miso.

If you still have room for dessert, the new Tiramisu Soft Serve ($12) comes with a generous amount of ice cream, but classics like the creamy Yuzu Tofu Cheesecake ($10) with crumbs of butter cookies always have our hearts.

Jypsy is located at One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Rd, #01-02/03, Singapore 049213, p. +65 67089288. Open Tuesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Fri-Sun 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m., 5 p.m.–12 a.m.

This article first appeared in City Nomads.

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