Diners unfamiliar with this brand might have difficulty pronouncing this café-bistro’s name initially – SPRMRKT.

It represents a “supermarket”, a concept that supposedly merges food, retail and art in a single space.

SPRMRKT (from McCallum Street) has opened both SPRMRKT Daily (Level 1) and SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar (Level 2) concepts at Robertson Quay, sharing the same building as the Singapore Tyler Print Institute STPI.

The café downstairs has the chill-vibes. Get some brunch items and cafes, and choose to eat alfresco-dining style by the… well… river in the distance.

As observed, the locals stayed indoors for air-con comfort, while the ang mohs loved the outdoorsy vibes.

I tried both tables during two separate visits. The outside was cooling enough, and you could do some people-watching.

Contrastingly, I found the lower stools inside not overly comfortable to sit long, but there were artisanal produce and home ware by local suppliers right in front that could tempt you to buy them.

The menu consisted sections of All Day Breakfast, Salads, Soups, Fish & Meat, Wraps and Burgers, Pastas and Sides.

The brunch items do not depart too far away from the typical – The English Breakfast of two eggs any style and other ingredients ($25), Sausages and Mash ($17), Eggs Benedict, Granola & Fruit ($12) and Oven Baked Eggs ($21).

Mains included Blackened Fish and Chips ($18), Slow Braised Lamb Shank ($26), Grilled Atlantic Salmon ($24), Sous-Vide Cooked Chicken Breast with Bacon ($20), Twice Cooked Baby Back Ribs ($22), and Steak and Fries ($28).

Why are ‘black-fishes’ appearing in so many places? I don’t get it.

Instead of charcoal, SPRMRKT used squid ink in the batter, though I am not sure how this colour would actually elevate the taste. Accompanying sweet potato fries were the-yums.

I like the recommended Pulled Pork Burger ($18). It was a good-fun size that didn’t get overly messy. The mixture of hickory smoked BBQ sauce and sweetness of pickled beets gave that additional layered taste. Buns were soft too.

Oven Baked Eggs ($21) were not too bad, cooked using a home-made tomato sauce. I wished there was more of that tanginess and thicker consistency though.

Coffee is from Nylon Coffee Roasters, while tea is from Smitten Specialty Tea.

I do not expect the ‘trend-setters’ springing up here any time soon, as the menu may be too safe and predictable for their liking.

Otherwise, vibes were lovely. And hey, SPRMRKT Daily opens from 7am to 11pm daily. Not difficult to find somewhere that opens such long hours.

Singapore Tyler Print Institute #01-01, 41 Robertson Quay Singapore 238236
Tel: +65 9736 4032.
Opening Hours: 7am – 11pm (Mon-Sun)

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