SPR.MRKT is not an acronym, guys.
It is simply the word Supermarket, less the vowels: You have to admit that it is a rather cool moniker for a cafe-cum-mini mart bistro. By juxtaposition to the adjacent mob-scene at Amoy Food Centre, SPR.MRKT seems pretty unassuming and modest. But once you take a stride into this cafe adorned in simple and eclectic design touches, it almost feels like entering your best friend’s kitchen. Come lunch time, the cafe transforms into a hotspot for the white-collar crowd; and on Saturdays, be pampered by the brunch dishes they have to offer.
No more sweating it out and choping seats with tissue packets, if you know what we mean.
The orange-hued Sundried Tomato bread had no aesthetic appeal whatsoever, and the only reason to justify our choice was the unusual mosaic of ingredients that went into the baking process, which also happened to be the reason why we adored it eventually. The result of this combination was a densely packed bread that yielded different layers of flavour that unraveled themselves between bites, and we had to admit it was a good surprise.
What we just can’t say no to, and you won’t be able to either, is their Shredded Pork Sandwich. Encased within the crispy, buttery croissant was the juicy threads of pulled pork glistening in their glory, and every biteful seemed to reinforce the robust flavours of the meat. A more generous serving would be perfect.
The three mushroom risotto proved that a main dish could also be well-executed without the use of meat, and one mouthful was all it took to knock us off our feet. Every pearl of rice was moist from soaking up the earthly mushroom juices coming from the enoki, shimeji, the button species. The Italian dish was rich and consistent, with some resistance to the bite, just the way it should turn out. Not to mention, it was hard to deny that the cutesy box that held the rice spiced up our dining experience.
With neat arrays of hardware and food items on display, you will never be bored while awaiting for your dish to hit the table. Over and above, the handwritten menu changes on a daily basis so diners could get something different each time they come in, how thoughtful. And be particularly happy when you cannot find GST & service charges on your receipt. We appreciate little things like that in a super-mart.
2 Mccallum Street
Hours: 8am-9pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-4pm (Sat)
Tel: 6221 2105