FOOD, Food reviews, Living in... Singapore, Uncategorized BRUNCH @ SPRUCE 30 September 2009


Spruce
320 Tanglin Road
Singapore

PRICE: $$$
RATING:

Met up for a quick brunch with at Spruce – this was in Singapore in August when we were getting married, but I can’t remember if this happened just before or just after the wedding. Man, I’m getting old.. my memory fails me! I hadn’t heard of Spruce before, so all I was told it was some modern Western cafe – you know, one of those pricey hip joints that people flock to. Since we live in China, we’re always up for Western food, so we were happy to oblige.

The interior is minimalist and clean, with tables spaced far enough apart to make you feel comfortable. I liked the large glass windows and the huge outdoor patio (as large as the restaurant itself), though we didn’t sit outside because it was a stinking hot day (as usual) in Singapore and we needed air-conditioned comfort πŸ˜› I immediately zeroed in on the coffee – we don’t get great, barista-style coffee in Shanghai. There’s only Starbucks/Coffee Bean, or there’s nothing. Very very sad. So I drink a ton of coffee in cafes the moment I’m outside of China.

We ordered a bunch of dishes to share around, but not a huge amount because none of us were feeling particularly starving. Still, the portions were decent and filling, so we were full after our brunch. We had a peek in their Cheese room, which sounded impressive but was just a litte part of the cafe partitioned off and chilled, with a few miserable looking pieces of dried-out cheese.. and it STUNK to high heavens! I know what cheese cellars smell like, but this was way worse. Very strange.. perhaps they only store blue cheese in there? I don’t know, but it made me glad we didn’t order any cheese whilst we were there πŸ˜‰

It’s a great place to meet up with friends and have a lazy brunch. They really should have more of these places – both in Singapore and Shanghai!


SPRUCE

Lofty interior

Our little table by the window

A very delicious coffee, and some mint drink?

Three dips with assorted toast and crisps –
they gave a stack of toast, which was awesome! Filled ourselves right up πŸ˜‰

Ahi tuna tartare with toasted ciabatta and avocado –
I think this was on the salty side, but love the large portion of avocado.. mmm..

Braised duck pappardelle with rosemary –
this was crazy filling, but so tasty and amazing comfort food

Burger with blue cheese, bacon and onion compote –
OMG… gooooood…. ridiculously tasty and love the wedges!

Sundae with Valrhona fudge sauce and brownie bits –
the fruity sorbet totally didn’t match the rest of the dish, but the rest was great

There’s an outdoor area too, but it was too hot to sit there


36 Comments

  • thefragrantelf posted on September 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    That food looks mouthwatering…especially the burger and pappardelle!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:36 am

      I LOVED how the parpardelle came in a very decent serve with lots of super soft and moist duck. Mmmmm!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on September 30, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I like the look of the sundae the best.

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    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:37 am

      It was excellent.. minus the strange sorbet!

      Reply
  • distractedfish posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Yum! I’ve only been there for brunch on weekends and always sat outside.

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    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:38 am

      If only SG’s weather was a little cooler.. then we could always sit outdoors! πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • pebzz posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Looks great! Heard of this place but haven’t got a chance to go try!

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    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:43 am

      ooh you shoudl check it out, go with friends! πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • pebzz posted on October 1, 2009 at 6:26 am

        Yeh! Psst. looking forward to your gown pictures! I didn’t go with her, in the end.

        Reply
  • alongcameaspydr posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Oooh that hamburger!!! *droooooooool*

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    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 8:41 am

      It was SO nice with blue cheese.. just the right amount of smelliness, hehehe

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on September 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    That food looks mouthwatering…especially the burger and pappardelle!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:36 am

      I LOVED how the parpardelle came in a very decent serve with lots of super soft and moist duck. Mmmmm!

      Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:36 am

      I LOVED how the parpardelle came in a very decent serve with lots of super soft and moist duck. Mmmmm!

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on September 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    That food looks mouthwatering…especially the burger and pappardelle!

    Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on September 30, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I like the look of the sundae the best.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:37 am

      It was excellent.. minus the strange sorbet!

      Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:37 am

      It was excellent.. minus the strange sorbet!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on September 30, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I like the look of the sundae the best.

    Reply
  • distractedfish posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Yum! I’ve only been there for brunch on weekends and always sat outside.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:38 am

      If only SG’s weather was a little cooler.. then we could always sit outdoors! πŸ˜›

      Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:38 am

      If only SG’s weather was a little cooler.. then we could always sit outdoors! πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • distractedfish posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Yum! I’ve only been there for brunch on weekends and always sat outside.

    Reply
  • pebzz posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Looks great! Heard of this place but haven’t got a chance to go try!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:43 am

      ooh you shoudl check it out, go with friends! πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • pebzz posted on October 1, 2009 at 6:26 am

        Yeh! Psst. looking forward to your gown pictures! I didn’t go with her, in the end.

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      • pebzz posted on October 1, 2009 at 6:26 am

        Yeh! Psst. looking forward to your gown pictures! I didn’t go with her, in the end.

        Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:43 am

      ooh you shoudl check it out, go with friends! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • pebzz posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Looks great! Heard of this place but haven’t got a chance to go try!

    Reply
  • alongcameaspydr posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Oooh that hamburger!!! *droooooooool*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 8:41 am

      It was SO nice with blue cheese.. just the right amount of smelliness, hehehe

      Reply
    • beverly posted on October 1, 2009 at 8:41 am

      It was SO nice with blue cheese.. just the right amount of smelliness, hehehe

      Reply
  • alongcameaspydr posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Oooh that hamburger!!! *droooooooool*

    Reply
  • hotpinkmanolo posted on October 4, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Oh my goodness! What beautiful pictures! I’m starving now…it all looks so good!

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  • hotpinkmanolo posted on October 4, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Oh my goodness! What beautiful pictures! I’m starving now…it all looks so good!

    Reply
  • hotpinkmanolo posted on October 4, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Oh my goodness! What beautiful pictures! I’m starving now…it all looks so good!

    Reply
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