It's been a while since we last brunched. I'm usually asleep till mid-afternoon most weekends, so I don't wake up early enough for brunch. But, because we had friends to meet up with, I made the extra effort to get up before noon. Okay, okayyyyy...the Hubs had to push me off the bed before I would rouse...but...same thing, no?
We headed to SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar, an offshoot of the CBD-favourite SPRMRKT. Located next to the Singapore River, the first level of the bistro, SPRMRKT Daily, is breezy and laid-back, whereas the second level restaurant is a little more swish. There wasn't any availability in the extremely contrained air-conditioned indoor area of SPRMRKT Daily on the first floor, so we opted to dine on the second level instead. The brunch selection on level 2 is decidedly limited, as their focus is on dinner, but what they lacked in variety, they made up in quality.
A twist on kong bak baos, the D Pork Buns ($25) sandwiched hunks of roasted pork belly and poached eggs, between halved fluffy buns. The mild spice and creaminess of the paprika hollandaise brought the ensemble together.
The Huevos Tostados ($26) layered sumptuous slices of flank steak, shredded lettuce, poached eggs, and corn tortillas, with a generous slather of curried hollandaise.
The hipster-sounding #OmeletteDuFromage ($19), studded with chorizo and feta was, thankfully, a lot less pretentious than expected. A side of vinaigrette-dressed arugula salad lent a peppery kick.
A must-try, the Savoury French Toast ($23) was more crepe than bread. Flecked with ground pork and seasoned with worcestershire sauce, the beautifully charred crepe was topped with tomato salsa, fresh avocado, and arugula leaves.
A must-try side dish, the Brussels Sprouts ($10), roasted to a fragrant nutty crisp, was finished with a slick of sambal mayo.
SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar @ Level 2
41 Robertson Quay
Tel: 9736 4170
Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 6pm to 10pm for lunch;
Saturdays from 9am to 4pm for lunch; 6pm to 10pm for dinner;
Sundays from 9am to 6pm;
Closed on Mondays