“Beauty in Simplicity” is perhaps the best way to describe the Sprout Singapore restaurant in Duxton Hill. We stepped into this place because we were attracted by the simplicity of its signboard, decor and cuisine. There is nothing ostentatious in the Sprout restaurant, a form follows function kind of place.
The shophouse layout was long and narrow. The food display and preparation area take up most of the front portion. The dining area is at the rear where a skylight bathes that area with bright natural sunlight. It is a small place, with seating for around 20. The menus are organised in the form of clipboards and hung below the food counter. In this narrow space, every square foot counts.
The Sprout menu is as straightforward as the decor. Basically we were faced with three options. The Sprout DIY Salad menu – make your own salad for $16 (basic) or $21 (deluxe). The pre-set salad and salad bowls menu with dishes averaging around $18 each. The less stringent weekend menu that offers dishes that have carbo in the form of bagels and waffles. We selected one bagel item and a salad bowl.
This is our truffled portobello bagel ($12.90). A healthy form of mushroom burger. The sliced Portobello mushroom was sandwiched between two half of a bagel. The taste of that was quite good. The hard-boiled egg provided some protein and the salad provided the vitamins and roughage. A very healthy meal.
We decided on a Moroccan salad bowl ($$16.90). This was a bowl containing grilled chicken breast with pearl cous cous, various vegetables (mainly baby spinach leaves) with a Moroccan vinaigrette dressing. This was a better dish because the grilled chicken made it feel more substantial and the baby spinach were soft and easy to munch. The salad in the bagel dish used mainly rocket leaves that were a rougher. The coffee was quite nice ($5 for cappuccino and $4.5 for black).
Overall Sprout Singapore is an unpretentious cafe that is easy to feel comfortable in. Its emphasis on healthy dishes is a good thing as there are no heavy items to distract us from healthy eating once we were there. The staff were a group of young and enthusiastic people. We would love to have such people work for us if we were to open a restaurant.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
41 Duxton Road
Tel: +65 6221 1227
Weekdays 10am – 8.30pm
Saturday 11am – 7pm
Closed Sundays and Public Holidays
Nearby MRT Station: Tanjong Pagar