Last Updated: August 17, 2015
Established in 2009, Spruce is restaurant that revolves around the concept of serving wholesome and unpretentious modern Italian-American cuisine with warm hospitality and, most importantly, at very affordable prices.
This evening, we were invited to sample Spruce’s newly launched supper menu – created by its new Executive Chef, Chef Mauro Scotto. The supper menu features many exclusive dishes including pizzas and bar bites which are only available at the Fire Station outlet from Tuesdays to Sundays between 10pm to 11.45pm.
Just a stone’s throw away from Singapore’s highest natural point (163.63m to be exact), Spruce Fire Station takes residence in the former Bukit Timah Fire Station.
The dining area occupies the former engine bay flanked by soaring glass windows which basks the interior with natural light during the day and offers dazzling views of nature (and moving cars) at night. If one wishes to embrace nature, there’s also the option of dining in the alfresco area overlooking the hillside.
A familiar mix of pop, soul, R&B, and soft rock tunes are performed by the three live bands from 7.30pm to 10.30pm – Samantha & Michael (Tuesday), Roze (Thursday), and Second Sunrise (Friday).
Spruce Hot Wings ($12). This is one of Spruce’s signature bar bites. Most buffalo wings served locally tend to be soggy and basted with hot sauce. Spruce does it differently, with the hot sauce served as a dip, giving you more control over the spiciness (and it’s good for kids as well!).
Even if you are not a fan of buffalo wings, this dish is a must-try. The wings are coated with a unique batter which retains the crispiness and crunchiness in our humidity and there is no better proof than the wings being really crispy despite being untouched after 20 minutes on our table.
Verdure in Pastella ($10). A very simple dish of mixed vegetables in batter (that’s what it literally translates to!) served with hand-cut fries. The batter used is different from the previous dish – a lighter version – but still equally crunchy. Lightly salted, it’s a good accompaniment with a pint.
Laziale ($19). Spruce offers 8 speciality pizzas on its supper menu (for now!). First up was the Laziale – Pecorino Romano (a very salty sheep’s milk cheese), broccolini, bacon, & mozzarella.
There was a thin layer of crispiness to the crust accompanied by a moist and moderately chewy interior – somewhat enjoyable. The star of the dish was the flavourful cheese while the bacon was merely just making a cameo, so cheese lovers out there do remember to order this!
Pugliese ($27). Fans of Italian cuisine will know the all too familiar starter combination of burrata cheese and prosciutto. The Pugliese is just the pizza variant of this itailian appetizer with extra ingredients of tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and I must say it’s really good.
Our neighbouring diners who were Spruce regulars were so impressed by the pizzas that they tried to order them for dinner but were told to wait till 10pm so we reckon you will have to come by and try it for yourself.
Ravioli Di Carne E Spinaci Al Ragout ($26). Spruce has weekly main menu specials which utilize seasonal ingredients and there are limited portions available each day. This week’s special was home-made beef and spinach ravioli tossed in pork bolognese prepared by Chef Mauro himself. The ravioli was cooked al dente and the bolognese sauce was light and tangy adding some zest to the dish.
Crème Brûlée ($15). Served in a long shallow dish, there’s ample caramelisation to be enjoyed with every custardy bite.
If you are a dessert lover, Spruce won’t neglect you. On offer is a wide variety of cakes, pastries and desserts for people who are looking to spoil themselves after a long day. Do try the Double Chocolate Crunch Cake Ala Mode, Baked Ginger Date Pudding or the Bomb Alaska.
From left: Mojito ($12), Margarita ($12) (Any 2 @ $20). Spruce has a decent list of familiar cocktails available at very decent prices and we had the usual mojtio and magarita which were pretty good. In fact, we are sure Kim Jong Un will enjoy Spruce’s Margarita as well. However if you are a beer tanker, the beer bucket promotion – choice of 5 bottles at $45 – is a really good deal.
From left: Spruce Hot Shot ($12), Calypso ($12). After dinner alcoholic speciality coffees used to be very popular in Singapore in the 80s and early 90s where dining out was a treat rather than a norm but it has since faded away.
The Spruce Hot Shot has baileys and grand marnier which is like a B-52, just served hot and less alcoholic (I have seen this liquid combination marketed as “Hot Orgasm” overseas); I would love to have this every morning instead of my regular Starbucks Latte.
The Calypso is a variant of Irish coffee, also known as Spanish coffee or Jamaican coffee. Served with rum, crème de cacao, amaretto, it’s like almondy hot chocolate – definitely a hit among the ladies.
Spruce has 3 core values – “Savour”, “Relish” and “Indulge” – and these are well embraced by their new supper offerings. We are definitely making plans to head back for another supper session.
Expected damage: $40 – $65 per pax