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Spruce – Restaurant, Bar, Bakery

I have known about this place for the longest time and on several occasions, almost made it here. One huge stumbling block is the location, Spruce is pretty off the beaten track, and unless you know of its existence, you are almost unlikely to chance upon it. It seems though that lots of people know of Spruce, and think of it as the place to see and be seen.

Well so a few weeks ago, after making sure I’d checked Google Maps in advance, we made our way there. The place looks really cosy. I love cafes and restaurants nestled amongst greenery. Allows me to escape the concrete jungle and forget that I am in Singapore. Unfortunately, while the place looked inviting, it was so noisy! It must be due to the structure of the place, noise seems to bounce around even though the cafe isn’t even full. It’s worse if you sit in the air-conditioned room, then you get the cooking smells as well. I kind of developed a headache over the course of my brunch, and as a result, had to cancel plans for the afternoon.

Prices are not cheap here, be warned.

Spruce Spruce - British Brekkie

Spruce British Brekkie $18 – Came with 2 eggs, Cumberland sausage, mushrooms, bacon, tomato and a dish of watery baked beans. Also provided were 2 huge slices of bread, not shown in the picture. While the food tasted quite alright, I liked the Cumberland sausage in particular, I did think the breakfast to be quite over priced. For $12, I could have gotten about the same at Epicurious at Robertson Quay, and I’m sure there are many other places that charge less for this amount of food.

Spruce - Cajun Prawn Eggs Benedict

Cajun Prawns Eggs Benedict $25 – If it looks small, let me assure you that it is.

Spruce Signature Burger

Spruce Signature Burger $17 – Potatoes seen in the background were nice. They were fluffy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside, and they were nicely spiced too. On the contrary, the patty in the burger tasted like plain minced meat with no hint of spice or herbs to enhance its flavour. The burger I had at SoHo7 near City Hall was so much better and half the price!

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Spruce - Entrance

Was pretty crowded when we got there around 2pm on a Saturday. I wonder if the place is overhyped, because all 4 of us thought that once is more than enough. It’s sad because the place has such potential. I hope they get a better chef and relook their menu prices as well.

Do note that on weekends, they serve brunch until 2.30pm. After that, they serve high tea starting only at 3pm, so if you want a cooked meal, be sure to come earlier.

Spruce – Restaurant, Bar, Bakery

320 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park, Singapore 247980

PH: 6836 5528

http://www.spruce.com.sg

Directions – http://www.spruce.com.sg/location.html

http://www.spruce.com.sg/images/pdf/menus_brunch.pdf

Casa Verde at Botanic Gardens

Recently, I received an email from a lady living in Australia asking me for recommendations for 2 “must visit” cafes in Singapore when she is here. After thinking long and hard, and taking into account proximity to tourist locations, I finally recommended Casa Verde at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

I love Casa Verde because of its unique location. It’s right smack in the middle of the Botanic Gardens, which means you get to dine in lush greenery, with the sounds of some fountains to aid your digestion. The breakfast at Casa Verde is quite good, and very affordable. An English Fry-up aka Big Breakfast aka Gourmet Breakfast costs only $14! If you come before 11am, you get a drink thrown in as well. There are some local favourites like Laksa and Mee Siam too, but I’d rather go to a hawker centre for that.

Seating is a bit of a problem on the weekends when everyone descends upon this place, children, dogs and more. If you don’t mind not having the free drink, you can still enjoy the all day breakfast at other times of the day.

Here’s what we enjoyed for brunch some months ago. We arrived just after 11am so we had to order from the lunch menu.

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs (2)

Whole Day Gourmet Breakfast (Choice of fried or scrambled eggs, mushrooms, back bacon, Cumberland sausages, has brown, grilled tomato & 2 slices of toasted country bread served with butter and preserves) $14 – You know I have this love affair with eggs, I just can’t resist posting close up shots of eggs. I think for $14, this is a pretty good deal! My favourite breakfast joint Epicurious still takes the trophy, but this is not too bad either. Only thing is, they don’t have baked beans.

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Sunny side Up

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Sunny side Up (2)

This is also part of the Whole Day Gourmet Breakfast Set, just that I have chosen eggs done sunny side up instead of scrambled. I like it that the bacon used is back bacon. Streaky bacon just feels too oily and sinful for me when not cooked by myself.

Casa Verde - Toast with butter and jam

Lovely warm toast to go with all the eggs.

Casa Verde - Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia Casa Verde - Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia (2)

Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia $12 – There are not that many pescetarian options at Casa Verde so my father was forced to order this despite not liking tuna all that much. In the end, the tuna mayonnaise was a bit too creamy to his liking. We have eaten really good tuna mayonnaise sandwiches before at Egg3 Cafe and this one at Casa Verde didn’t quite match up.

Casa Verde - Club Sandwich

Casa Verde Club Sandwich $12.50 – Loved the chicken within the sandwich. It was tender and flavourful. Tomatoes and lettuce tasted fresh and complemented the chicken well. Once again, the chef was rather heavy handed with the mayonnaise. If you don’t like too much of it, be sure to tell them in advance.

Casa Verde by Les Amis Group

Crowded crowded crowded! This was 1pm on a Sunday!

Botanic Garden

Dining amidst greenery is a really good way to spend a lazy weekend

Casa Verde (by the Les Amis Group)

Visitors Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cluny Road Singapore 259569

Tel: 6467-7326

Sundays to Thursdays: 7.30am – 11am (Breakfast) 11.30am – 6pm (All-day Dining) 7pm – 11pm (Dinner – Last order at 9.30pm)

Fridays, Saturdays and eves of Public Holiday

7.30am – 11am (Breakfast) 11am– 6pm (All-day Dining) 7pm – 11pm (Dinner – Last order at 10pm)

http://www.lesamis.com.sg (click here for menu and prices)

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