I've been introducing all of my colleagues to SPRMRKT. I love this lunch spot. It's my getaway from work, my little oasis of calm and tranquility. Now that they've gotten onto the all-day breakfast bandwagon, I think I've fallen even more in love with this place.
However, I've recently noticed an increasing lunch-time crowd, which, I suppose, is a good thing. The little cafe's apparently gotten renowned for its hearty portions and honest-to-goodness food. The downside is, of course, that their popular stuff runs out by 1 pm. I will need to pop out of the office half an hour earlier just to ensure I get the stuff I want.
This was Tuesday's Menu, which features a uniquely SPRMRKT signature, the Blackened Fish & Chips ($17). Despite its deceptively charcoal-like appearance, it's a lot yummier than it looks. The batter, blackened with squid ink, is thick and crisp, and lends that smoky accent to the mild creaminess of the fish. It was so good on its own it didn't even need the homemade tartar sauce. Loved the chips here, they season the thick-ish potato chips with paprika, a little spiced up saltiness.
The white fish is fresh, flaky and incredibly moist.
SPRMRKT's Grilled Chicken Caesar ($9) was seriously the best caesar salad ever. The fleshy strips of grilled chicken breast were well-marinated, juicy and nicely charred. A generous sprinkling hand with the bacon and parmesan ensured the sodium content of the salad was kept high, while a softly poached egg bound the various elements of this standalone meal together. The egg was runny enough to double up as a dressing so the thousand island was rendered unnecessary.
The Big Breakfast ($25) was essentially the everything "bao-ga-liao" option. The sausages were replaced with honey baked ham because they were sold out by then...sob! The scrambled eggs were moist and tasty but a teensy weensy bit overcooked. Everything else was great, especially the grilled cherry tomatoes, even though it can't quite beat Wild Honey. But, it'll do just fine as a CBD substitute.
The Eggs Benedict ($14) featured 2 softly poached eggs layered upon honey baked ham on lightly buttered crumpets and slathered with hollandaise sauce. Would have preferred them a minute longer in the water but these were pretty good.
The Fries ($5), salted with paprika, had accents of sweet and spicy notes, were a delightfully addictive snacker. These are possibly the only fries that'll drag me away from truffle fries.
2 McCallum Street
Tel: 6221 2105
Open Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 9pm;
Saturdays from 9am to 4pm
Closed on Sundays