SPRMRKT

June 05, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

SPRMRKT
2 McCallum Street

http://www.sprmrkt.com.sg/


Grilled Wagyu Burger With Fries (SGD $25)



Bistro Where Good Food And Lifestyle Meet

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 4
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $27 per person.


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Founded in April 2012, SPRMRKT (pronounced 'Supermarket') was born from the idea that food, retail, and art could be melded into a single, enjoyable experience. The brainchild of Designer / Director Sue-Shan Quek, and Chef Joseph Yeo, with pastry chef Furrene Hoh, SPRMRKT was set up as a concept store, offering casual gourmet dining with the twist of an art gallery amid a curated shop.

Ambience at SPRMRKT is rustic casual, resembling European style countryside cottage homes. Clean, brightly lit, with simple lines and functional wooden furnishings. A section of the wall is given over to shelves, which forms the retail section, displaying all manner of utensils, beverages, and some artwork. I love the decorative reading light lamps, and the clear glass display with appetizing and attractive cakes!

Service at SPRMRKT is partial self-service. Ordering and payment is done over the counter, though staff do serve orders to your table. The menu, which changes daily, is clear and comprehensive, with descriptions of dish ingredients. There isn't much opportunity to interact with staff or ask them questions, except when at the counter. I also note they're very efficient at clearing empty / dirty tables after people leave.

Food at SPRMRKT is fusion casual gourmet, inspired by Western flavours, primarily Australian, American, and British cuisine, with a focus on all-day breakfast. Generally, I find dishes here to be tasty, well executed, and huge in portion size. Ingredients are fresh, and kept simple with rustic plating. Prices are reasonable for the large portions, and comparable to other bistros, budget about SGD $27 per person for a meal here.


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SPRMRKT Exterior


SPRMRKT Interior


SPRMRKT Shop


Store Shelves


Seating


Bottles Of Craft Beer


Hedgehog Brush



The Amoy Ahoy Tea (SGD $6) is part of the 'Singapore Collection' of artisanal teas from Pin Tea. Premium golden cassia tea leaves are roasted over burning firewood, resulting in a tea with a deep amber colour, and a toasty smoky oolong fragrance. Inspired by the industrious coolies who sought a golden future in Singapore, and the hazy opium dens on old Amoy Street where they gathered.

Amoy Ahoy Tea (SGD $6)


Amoy Ahoy Tea



The coffee beans here are sourced from Brother Basil Coffee Co., a small, family owned and operated coffee bean roaster based in Melbourne, Australia. The Latte (SGD $4.50), and Mocha Soy (SGD $6) are of decent quality, smooth in texture with a medium-strong body.

Latte (SGD $4.50)


Mocha Soy (SGD $6)



The interesting Coffee Tonic (SGD $7) features a blend of tonic water with 2 shots of espresso. This refreshing, chilled beverage has a silky smooth texture with a light fizzy carbonation, mostly mellow in taste with the flavour of the roasted coffee beans, finishing with a slight lingering bitterness. Not too bad, rather drinkable, though not particularly memorable.

Coffee Tonic (SGD $7)


Coffee Tonic



The Minestrone Soup (SGD $10) here is very good! Not often you see home made versions, so I appreciate the effort. Rich and tasty, the soup / broth of sweet tomato and chicken stock features tender vegetables, including carrots, zucchini, cabbage, and celery, with savoury smoky bacon as a garnish. Huge bowl, served with a slice of crisp, buttered sourdough bread on the side. Very good appetizer, best shared! Only available on every Wednesday!

Minestrone Soup (SGD $10)


Minestrone Soup



The Burnt Potato, Spinach & Crab Meat Soup (SGD $15) is a good idea, and a unique soup, that in reality ends up being somewhat decent. A hearty cream and chicken stock, along with dark roasted Idaho potatoes, make up the base of the soup / broth. Garnished with fresh leaves of spinach, chunks of deshelled crab meat, and a slice of crisp, buttered sourdough bread on the side. Creamy, savoury sweet, and tasty, I personally felt that the ingredients were disjointed on the palate, not blending together in harmony. Only available on every Thursday!

Burnt Potato, Spinach & Crab Meat Soup (SGD $15)


Burnt Potato, Spinach & Crab Meat Soup



The Beer Battered Fish Bites (SGD $9) feature small chunks of john dory fish, coated in a beer and flour batter, then deep fried. The result is a crispy exterior, while the fish meat interior remains moist and savoury sweet. Still, it lacks the distinctive taste of freshness, as if the fish was previously frozen. However, the delicious curry aioli dipping sauce helps enhance the overall taste!

Beer Battered Fish Bites (SGD $9)


Beer Battered Fish Bites



The Granola And Fruit (SGD $12) features a large bowl of creamy smooth yoghurt, laced with sweet honey, topped with sweet sour tart homemade mixed berries compote, garnished with a medley of fresh cut fruits (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, oranges), and crunchy home made granola mix! Healthy and filling!

Granola And Fruit (SGD $12)



The Egg Omelette With Ham, Cheese, And Mushroom (SGD $14) is decently sized, but very filling. The omelette itself is eggy sweet, with a soft, wobbly texture. Within is stuffed a generous amount of diced ham and sliced wild button mushrooms, a combination of earthy savoury flavour. The gooey strands of earthy salty cheese, and fresh crunchy lettuce salad complete this dish. Good!

Egg Omelette With Ham, Cheese, And Mushroom (SGD $14)


Egg Omelette With Ham, Cheese, And Mushroom


Egg Omelette With Ham, Cheese, And Mushroom



With The English Breakfast (SGD $25), you get a giant meal where every component ingredient is well executed. From the earthy sauteed wild button mushrooms with aromatic minced garlic; the smoky grilled cherry tomatoes bursting with juicy sweet flavour; the soft, semi-creamy scrambled eggs, the fragrant fluffy brioche bread toast; a savoury salty meaty premium kurobuta pork sausage topped with sweet caramelised onions; and fresh crunchy iceburg lettuce salad. About the only things I felt were marginally decent were the salty bacon streaks, which could be more crunchy; and soft roasted baby potatoes, which could have used more salt. Good!

The English Breakfast (SGD $25)


The English Breakfast


The English Breakfast



Instead of the regular round burger buns, the Grilled Wagyu Burger With Fries (SGD $25) here is served with sweet, fluffy brioche bread instead! This lends the overall dish a wonderful fragrant flavour. The savoury, juicy, meaty 180g wagyu beef patty is done to your liking (I got it medium rare), topped with fresh crunchy lettuce, earthy sauteed wild button mushrooms, gooey emmental cheese, and a sunny side up egg. The dish is completed with piping hot, paprika spiced shoestring fries. Quite filling!

Grilled Wagyu Burger With Fries (SGD $25)


Grilled Wagyu Burger With Fries


Grilled Wagyu Burger With Fries



What stood out about the Rosti (SGD $18) was the potato pancakes, savoury salty in taste, and delightfully crisp outside, yet soft inside. The accompanying smoked salmon is out of the packet, underwhelming at most. I got this with overeasy eggs. Along with the dollop of sour cream on the side, I felt this was rather below average as a dish, even the great tasting rosti potato pancakes alone can only go so far.

Rosti (SGD $18)


Rosti


Rosti



Loved the Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake (SGD $6), with its caramelised slice of fruity sweet pineapple on top, giving way to the floral earthy flavour of the crumbly coconut cake below. Felt the texture could be better, as it borders between moist and dry, though it's still palatable enough as a dessert cake. Good!

Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake (SGD $6)


Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake



Absolutely loved the Black Forest Cake (SGD $9), an excellent example of the high quality dessert cakes here! Rich with chocolate flavour, the soft moist texture of the cake is airy, while the layer of whipped cream is light. Stuffed with whole rum soaked cherries, which lends a sour sweet taste, and garnished with chocolate ganache shavings, this was completely delicious. The cake slice is huge, and is best shared. Among the better black forest cakes I've eaten. Highly recommended!

Black Forest Cake (SGD $9)


Black Forest Cake



Personally, I didn't like the Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Cake (SGD $8), because I felt the chocolate, banana, peanut, and peanut butter flavours didn't blend well together. Texture of the cake was also dry. Skip this.

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Cake (SGD $8)


Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Cake



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