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Monday, 24 October 2016

Dinner at The SPRMRKT Cafe @ Raffles Place

2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043
Tel: 6221 2105

Short form for being "Supermarket Cafe";  this cosy, refreshing cafe was my chance discovery. The kitchen of a nearby pub broke down, so *RM and I were discussing options for takeout food. He made some suggestions, including "there's supermarket....."

I happily replied to grab some chips and takeout sushi. He looked at me oddly, then explained that "Sprmrkt" was a cafe.

A western concept cafe situated midway between Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar, this modern European / American cafe brought grocery shopping up another level. Yes, there were items for sale upon entering the cafe, but deep within nestled a dining corner with a rather extensive menu.

We had Chips and Salsa (SGD$7.00) - the perfect accompaniments for drinks - nachos and a small tub of somewhat diluted salsa sauce (tomato chunks, etc).

The Buffalo Wings (SGD$11,00) were moistened, and tender, infused in the tangy and smokey hints of the sauce it was marinated with. Sour cream and Chive dip were served on the side.

Next, Truffle Fries (SGD$13.00) which consisted of shoestring fries exuding light hints of truffle aroma. they were also sprinkled with parmesan and kelp. Wasnt outstanding, but a kind of comfort snack.

Beer Battered Fish Bites (SGD) were battered with beer and deep-fried to its crispy golden exterior, with saccharine white flesh within.  The beer was not distinctive, but this dish had a good bite to it and tasty fish flavor.

Grilled Chicken Breast Burger with Fries (SGD$18.00) looked more like a sandwich - chicken fillet slathered with siracha mayo, sauteed mushrooms, cheddar cheese and sunny side up egg clasped by bread. Feedback was that chicken was succulent and tasted lovely; the paprika fries were crispy and delicious as well (better than the Truffle Fries in our opinions).

The Grilled Wagyu Burger with Fries (SGD$25.00) tasted a lot better than it looked as well - smokiness seeping from the palatable, juicy slate of beef patty. The egg, sauteed mushrooms and emmental cheese enhanced the flavor and texture further, making it really enjoyable to eat.

I heard the brunch is pretty dope too, so do drop by if you are in the vicinity and give their food a try. I really love how their food tastes much better than they look, teaching us to never judge a dish by its "cover".

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