SPRMRKT first burst onto the scene in the Raffles Place area at McCallum Street. Not exactly my regular area for lunch since I’m not a CBD chick, and somehow they didn’t seem like a dinner place either.
But with their new outlet at Robertson Quay, it definitely is more up my alley for a night out. Located at the STPI building, SPRMRKT occupies two floors – the ground level for casual all-day fare and upstairs, more formal dining.
Not to say any formalities are required though. The vibe and ambience at SPRMRKT is bright and cheery, the wait staff especially friendly.
We were recommended the Soft-shell Crab and Kale ($19) – I enjoyed the liberal use of parmesan in the kale (can’t go wrong with parmesan toppings, can you?) and the crab was meaty, so overall the dish was good.
For mains, I had the Seared Hake ($27). Asides from the gloriously flaky fish, which was cooked to perfection, my favourite part of the dish was the burnt scallion cream – definitely helped to give the white fish more flavour.
The carnivorous hubby naturally selected the Hanger Steak ($31). Thinly sliced and juicily pink in the middle, the steak was done just right, perhaps a little under-seasoned though. But a couple of twists added some fun to the dish. First, there was a creamy jalapeno-laced avocado puree, I’m guessing to replace boring old mash and then, pineapple slices! Yes, give me some pineapple with my steak, ma’am!
However, the highlight of the meal at SPRMRKT were the desserts. Again flipping on the conventional, the Broken Apple Pie ($18) and PeeBee and Jay ($18) were little pockets of heaven.
The apple pie had crusty pieces of pate sablee – essentially, the pie crust broken up, and fortunately, none-too-sweet apple caramel sauce. Perhaps the bourbon had something to do with reducing the perception of sweetness!
Then the PeeBee and Jay, a play on peanut butter and jelly – a mousse-like peanut butter with slightly tangy berry coulis and lots of lovely peanut crunchy bits.
Overall thoughts about SPRMRKT? The food is definitely well-executed with some interesting twists. It’s not an extensive menu, however, so probably not a place I would rush back to anytime soon. That said, I might just do so, just for the scrumptious desserts!
SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar:
Address: STPI—Creative Workshop & Gallery, 41 Robertson Quay, #02-01, S238236
Contact: Tel: +65 9736 4170 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue – Fri: 6pm – 10pm Sat: 9am – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm Sun: 9am – 6pm
Closed on Mondays
Last orders 1 hour before the end of each session
Open on Public Holidays