The Spruce Fire Station Restaurant at Bukit Timah is a restaurant that has one of the most prominent locations in Singapore. It is situated in the former Bukit Timah fire station at the junction of Old Jurong and Upper Bukit Timah Road, a major thoroughfare where thousands of cars pass by everyday. Spruce restaurant takes up the space where the fire engines used to be parked. Spruce’s former space in Phoenix Park, Tanglin Road is now used by Coyote, a sister Tex-Mex restaurant.
The external facade of the fire station remains largely unchanged. Internally, only the large bright red doors had been preserved but mostly for decorative effect as the large doorways had been glassed up so that the people inside can look out and vice versa.
The dining space at Spruce Fire Station is plainly fitted out. Simple wooden tables and plastic chairs. A trio of dart machines provide a source of entertainment. A small stage that hosts live music on some evenings provide another type of entertainment. Behind the building, there is a big open air space with alfresco tables. We can imagine that the place will look and feel better after sundown. In the brightness of the afternoon sun, the place seems flat and deserted.
Spruce Fire Station Menu
Spruce has a simple menu – mostly of the Western standards like burgers, fish & chips, pasta, ribs etc. Here are pictures of the menu and part of the drinks list.
On our quick visit to Spruce, we tried two dishes – pan-seared sea bass fillet ($26) and the Spruce burger ($20).
Both dishes were attractively presented. The sea bass fillet was smothered under a pile of vegetables. The quantity of fish was low but the taste of the fish was good. Add to that the many types of crunchy vegetables, the overall taste was delicious. Our only reservation about this dish is that it was such a small portion.
The burger was also a pretty dish especially with the optional sunny side up egg (+$2) placed on top. We asked for meat to be cooked medium and that was how it was served. The size of the beef patty was thick and juicy. This was a more substantial dish. A very good tasting burger.
Overall, the taste of the food that we tried that day at Spruce Fire Station was good. We were a bit underwhelmed by the decor when first entered as it looked so grand from the outside. The staff were friendly and that made the experience better. We would certainly return, but probably in the evenings when it should have a nicer atmosphere. The free parking provides an added incentive to return.
Behind the fire station itself are small buildings that used to be the living quarters of the firemen. These have also been commercialised and rented out. From what we can see from the Bukit Timah Fire Station tenants directory (picture below), the units are mostly occupied by organisations providing children’s education and enrichment courses.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Spruce at Fire Station
260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01
Tel: +65 6466 5582
Monday: 6.00pm – 12.30am
Tuesday to Friday: 11:30am – 12.30am
Saturday, Sunday & PH: 9.00am – 12.30am