@ Spruce: 320 Tanglin Road Singapore 247980 (Closed on Mondays).
How to get here: Take the MRT to Ochard station. Walk to Orchard Boulevard and board bus #111. Alight at the 6th stop. (If you're not sure, ask the bus captain!)
First off, happy birthday to Soaker Elyn! :)
Seeing that the haze was taking a day off on this special birthday Sunday, we decided to dine and chill outdoors avoiding the usual malls that we hang out at. Spruce was an excellent choice and we were fortunate to get adjoining seats for 18 people for a Sunday brunch without making a reservation. Phew.
We loved the greenery surrounding the restaurant and the interior made us feel at home. It was great too that the staff threw in a cake serving to celebrate Elyn with us.
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The brunch menu we had is available on weekends. On other days, Spruce serves burgers, ribs, pastas and the likes. If you like to pair your food with alcohol, Spruce also has a range of cocktails, shots and wines. There is another Spruce restaurant location at Bukit Timah area too (260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01, Singapore 588190). Red is a distinct feature of the chic and chill-out restaurant as the building it is housed in used to be a fire station. We gotta check this place out!
Other cafes we checked out:
@ The Banana Leaf Apolo: 54 Race Course Road, Singapore 218564. Alight at Little India MRT station, and walk along Race Course Road.
Well are we fortunate to get Indian food here! Whoo~! Sometimes we crave some spiciness and flavour, and what better way to satisfy it than having a whole range of curries in different orangey-brown shades to choose from!
The main was fragrant briyani rice served on a banana leaf. Briyani is long-grain basmati rice cooked using a whole lot of condiments and spices, such as nutmeg, bay leaves, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, bay leaves, garlic and onion. To go with it, we ordered fish head curry (which was awesome!), masala chicken, fish roe chicken and mutton. We loved the crispy papadum too!
Elvin had the full Indian food experience since he used his hands to eat. You can tell he is quite a pro judging from the way he gathered the food in his fingers and putting it into his mouth. Cutlery-people normally manage to gather just a small amount of food in hand, and when the food is about to enter the mouth, half of it falls back onto the plate. This also means you take ages to finish your food. :P
Moving on to FISH EYES! Of course, it came together with the fish head curry (duh). Some people might wonder, what's on earth is there to eat by order the fish head?! There is in fact, a lot of fish meat to dig at, not forgetting the best parts like the cheek and the eye(balls). O.O The flesh at the cheek in fact has the smoothest texture. So normally at a dinner setting, people ask who would like to have the fish eyes. Because there are only two, and most people enjoy them, it is only polite to ask if who would like to have one. People here believe that whichever part of the animal that you eat would enhance or build the similar part of your body. So eating the eyes would give you healthier eyes. Some say that fish eyes also help brain functions. Whatever it is, try it/them! :D