Nestled in the green hillside of Phoenix Park is a simple cafe that has become a Singapore brunch institution. The location provides an escape from the crowd and traffic of nearby Orchard Road. It is a place where you don’t mind being stuck in for a while.
Spruce serves American cuisine and offers cakes & pastries as well as a fine selection of wine and beer. Spruce is one of the chic cafes that jumps to mind at the mention of weekend brunch, though it is also popular for dinner as well as afternoon tea.
There is a small cosy indoor sitting area which is air-conditioned; and there is an alfresco deck area which is right next to the trees and overlooking a kids playground. The furnishing is simple and modern and there are interesting art pieces adorning the walls.
The weekend brunch menu is extensive and has 4 main sections – Spruce Brekkies, Benedict Collection, Savory and Breakfast Favourites. Besides the usual hot and cold beverages, wine, beer and special brunch cocktails are available.
The Brioche French Toast ($14) was served with Mascarpone and Apricot Jam. The thick toast was browned and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was not dry and not soggy and had a rich flavor which went very well with the soft cheese.
The Spruce Eggs Benny ($15) comprised Poached Egg with Corn Waffle, Bacon and Hollandaise Sauce. It was done very well, presented nicely and tasted yummy. Sides like baked beans ($4) and sausages ($5) can be added separately.
The best dish for the day was the Cajun Hash ($16) – Roasted Vegetables, Potato & Herbs topped with Scrambled Eggs, Hollandaise & Chipotle Sour Cream. The portion was quite generous and it was really delicious; and we think the Hollandaise might be the secret.
The food is very good and the attentive and courteous staff provides great service. Spruce is a delightful place where you can watch the fascinating mix of people enjoying life in a serene green environment, as well as enjoy a good meal yourself.
Service : 4
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 4
Overall Rating : 4 TOPs
Average price per person for brunch – $29
Spruce @ Phoenix Park
320 Tanglin Road Phoenix Park
Tel: +65 6836 5528
Monday to Friday 10.30am – 10.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 9.00am – 10.30pm
Weekend Brunch 9.00am – 3.45m