We’ve already expressed our fondness for SPRMRKT’s lovely Robertson Quay branch when it opened last year, but now its time to go back to the OG — its flagship outlet at McCallum Street.
Don’t worry, the all-day café remains as wholesome as it has been for the past five years in the heart of the CBD — they’ve just undergone a slight revamp of their food options, adding a lighter touch with a healthy lunch menu, takeaway options, as well as dinner and evening bites that go well with a curated catalogue of wines for the after-hours office crowd. Not to mention the craft beers, juices and freshly blended smoothies, because that’s what y’all yuppies can’t get enough of.
Soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers form the bulk of their menu, and they’re still well tasty. Start off with their classic sultry smoked tomato soup ($13) which comes with freshly baked sourdough, or have a taste of the SPRGRN salad ($17), of which you can customize a combo of supergrain (wild rice, quinoa soba or cous cous), meat (salmon, chicken, bacon, sausage, beef or ham) as well as various greens and dressing options.
Those seeking a heartier meal can go with their newly added herb crusted fish burger ($20), which serves up a succulent deep-fried panko-crusted local barramundi fillet sandwiched in between toasted sesame seed buns, crispy fish skin, housemate slaw, roma tomatoes, jalapēnos, pickled onions and dijon mayo. Alternatively (and highly recommended), try out the brunch-exclusive Kecap Manis chicken burger ($24) — a grilled chicken thigh patty marinated in a sweet-spicy soy sauce that’s topped with a sunny-side up, sautéed cabbage, tomatoes and housemade mayo. The former entrée comes with a side of fries, while the latter arrives with both salad and fries.
Another must-have is the Bacon Flammenküche ($18), which is basically a bacon and mozzarella cheese pizza with chopped onions, béchamel and peppers. You literally cannot go wrong with bacon anyway, so it’s a perfect bar bite that’s best accompanied with SPRMRKT’s various craft beers and ciders. Of course, you could just go with a nice coconut-avocado smooothie ($12), or some Boylan Bottling cane sugar sodas ($6), or Über Flavour fruit brews ($6.5) if it’s too early to get turnt.
A sinful excursion comes in the form of SPRMRKT’s French toast ($14) — a thick slab of brioche toast that comes with mandarin yoghurt, housemade vanilla-infused honey and fresh berries.
All these alongside the cafés trademark environment that fuses F&B, retail and art into a singular space, where you can freely purchase both artworks, household items, produce and more from highly lauded local and regional brands, including enzyme-rich pili nuts from Philippines’ Pili Pushers and Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee’s beans.
SPRMRKT is at 2 McCallum Street, 6221 2105. Open Monday to Friday 8AM to 9:30PM; Saturday to Sunday 9AM to 5PM