SPRMRKT Kitchen + Bar, which opened its doors last August, pitches itself as an upscale dining establishment. And unlike the stuffy, staid atmosphere that you may associate with a fine dining restaurant, this space is anything but. With large, arched windows and a bright, airy interior, the space exudes warmth and comfort, while the furnishings – marble tables and pastel pink seats – give it a luxurious air.
Its most note-worthy design feature, however, has to be the floor-to-ceiling murals scattered throughout its interior. Created by local photography and design company Studio Oooze, the photographs depict everyday food items – a baguette, onions, apples – that have been posed and shot to mimic a fine art painting. While it may seem comical (or ludicrous, even), it’s a fine way to reflect the good-humoured nature of a restaurant that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Its upcoming Valentine’s Day seven-course menu, which will be available on Feb 10, 11 and 14, is just as unpretentious, without compromising on presentation or quality. You’ll start off with an aperitif dubbed “Love Potion”, which as a refreshing cocktail of ingredients like basil, lemon, strawberry and gin. Next, a serving of oysters mornay (above), featuring a duo of Pacific oysters with gruyere cheese, cream and white wine.
The third course, foie gras, comes served with cranberry and a port reduction, and a beetroot fettucine (made from beetroot juice, it also features Hokkaido scallops, Spanish octopus and prawns) follows suit.
For mains, two choices are available: A Chilean sea bass with sesame quinoa and asparagus tempura, or grass-fed tenderloin with potato puree and a smoked veal reduction (above).
The desserts in the menu, meanwhile, are probably its most Instagram-worthy dishes. First comes a mint granita, a slushie-like offering made of marinated melons and mint leaves. The last course is a strawberry mille-feuille, a heart-shaped puff pastry with layers of fresh cream and strawberries. The set dinner is priced at $108 each, while there are options to have cocktail and wine pairings ($143 for the former, $166 for the latter).
Our (no holds barred) opinion? If you’re looking for a stylish restaurant that offers delicious, photogenic food in a space that won’t go overboard with cliche-d romantic references or decor, this makes a great venue choice. #02-01 Singapore Tyler Print Institute, call 9736-4170 to make a reservation
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