Live well, eat well

Food and Travel (Singapore) - - Parting Shot -

Pur­veyor of all things qual­ity, SPRMRKT by Sue-shan Quek and Joseph Yeo un­veil their sec­ond out­let at The Sin­ga­pore Tyler Print In­sti­tute. It is an ex­ten­sion of its pre­de­ces­sor – a snug space in the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict with an eclec­tic se­lec­tion of pro­duce and home ware – and com­prises two floors: SPRMRKT Daily (opens 7am to 11pm daily) and SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar.

The for­mer on the first storey wel­comes shop­pers with large wooden frames along the walls, each shelf filled with a col­lec­tion of sou­venir-wor­thy in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal goods from the likes of Su­per­mama and Books Ac­tu­ally as well as food items such as fruits, freshly baked cakes, Bruneus ac­ti­vated nuts from Su­perla­tive Foods, and choco­late bars made with Bel­gian co­coa beans from Poppy & Co. Vinophiles, make sure to ven­ture to the cabi­net in the cor­ner where Old and New World wines from France and USA lie; a se­lec­tion from Ana­logue Wine Mer­chant hand­picked by Quek and Yeo. Bet­ter yet, come by ev­ery Wed­nes­day for tast­ing ses­sions from 5pm to 7pm (S$10 for a flight of three). And since SPRMRKT Daily only of­fers ca­sual café-style dishes from pasta made-from­scratch to wraps and burg­ers af­ter 11am, it’s al­right to sleep in a lit­tle.

Up the stairs is SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar, a pretty Scan­di­na­vian-es­que restau­rant in the colours of pas­tel pink, grey, white and gold, where the founders show ex­actly how se­ri­ous they are about food. Head chef Jonathan Ong whips up New Amer­i­can cui­sine, clev­erly in­cor­po­rat­ing re­gional in­gre­di­ents such as Chi­nese sausages, kang kong and bok choy into the multi-eth­nic flavours al­ready present. The Span­ish Oc­to­pus (S$65), for ex­am­ple, comes with kang kong and a Mid­dle Eastern sta­ple, bul­gur wheat.

SPRMRKT Daily opens 7am to 11pm daily; SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar opens 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm on week­days, 9am to 4pm then 6pm to 10pm on Satur­days and 9am to 6pm on Sun­days.

#01-01,41 Robert­son Quay.

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