Posted by - 14 September 2010 - No comments

Spruce in Singapore

Spruce is one of those places that you go to and you almost wish you were one of the first to discover it.   The restaurant is located on Tanglin Road amongst embassies buildings, surrounded by lots of greenery.  Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in the middle of a country retreat rather than slap bang in the middle.

There restaurant is airy, bright and modern in design, with high ceilings, exposed beams and large floor-to-ceiling windows. Thus, making it a great spot to showcase the photography exhibition which adorns its walls.   Think a slicker version of Inn The Park in London, but with Eames chairs, designer light fixtures and less wood.

However, the piece de resistence is the outdoor decking, which is an extension of the restaurant and where most people had chosen to be seated.   Despite the sweltering Singapore heat, there's a lovely breeze blowing through the restaurant.

The well-priced menu features a spectrum of dishes which are all inspired favourites from Europe and the US, but served with a Spruce twist.   The dinner menu is seasonal and changes according to what is available, and is split into 'Things to Share or Not' a selection of tapas style dishes; 'Salad & Starters'; 'Pasta & Risotto' and 'Main Plates' which includes everything else that doesn't fit into the other categories, such as the 'Signature Spruce Burger, Parisian Style Omelet and Signature Short Ribs; plus a selection of sides.

We started with 'Three Dips', hummus, tuna conserve & tomato salsa served with  generous serve of bread, baked freshly on the premises.

Prawn pasta ($22 around £10.70), orecchetti covered in a heady cheesy Parmigiana and courgette sauce was a hit, incredibly rich and flavoursome.  My only complaint was there was a distinct lack of prawns.  Nonetheless it  was still a delight to eat.  

I just wish I hadn't broken the rules of dining and by ordering a carborfic side of the Spruce Signature Mac & Cheese' ($7 around £3.40).  The dish was immensely satisfying, if I'd  rolled over and died after the meal I'd be a really happy girl.   Warm and comforting it came with a delightful crispy topping.

However, it was the AB's Signature Short Ribs ($28 around £13.60) that stole the show.   The dish was served with a fried egg, spinach, home fries and horseradish.    The meat was very tender and meaty and the AB declared after polishing his plate they were "best ribs he's had in a long time".

Verdict:  An urban oasis, Spruce serves nonsense food in a beautifully, laid back environment.  The restaurant is also known for its brunches and Taqueria - I just wish I had more time in Singapore to sample both.  Ones things for sure, I'll be popping back the next time I return to the city.

Costs: Two could easily eat, share a dessert and drink a very nice bottle of wine, for under $100 (around £48)
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