Three to try: SPRMRKT, Three Buns, Alchemist Beer Lab
Hand-blended cleansers from Mmerci Encore, teas inspired by neighbourhoods in Singapore, and local literature published by BooksActually are but a few familiar homegrown favourites you would find at SPRMKRT's second outpost at The Singapore Tyler Print Institute. Going by the name of SPRMRKT Daily, the riverside café and retail space is a calming light-filled spot housing honest-to-goodness grub and zen-like shelves heaving under products from boutique producers the world over. In keeping with SPRMKRT's ethos of dishing up conventional favourites with a twist, you'll find truffle fries here topped with parmesan and kelp, and cold soba noodles topped with grilled corn and seaweed. An all-day breakfast menu runs until the kitchen closes at 930pm, but you're welcome to stay until the shutters are drawn at 11pm. It's one of the rare few cafes that open late, seven days a week. Seeking a slightly more polished dining experience? Head up a flight of stairs to SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar for European-style dishes occasionally tampered with an Asian twist.
The Singapore Tyler Print Institute. #01-01, 41 Robertson Quay. Tel: 9736 4032
The guys running microbrewery Little Island Brewing Co. at Changi Village are inking their presence right in the heart of the city with Alchemist Beer Lab. Sited within the South Beach complex, this boozy bolthole is one for the curious beer drinker, particularly one keen to discover the world of infused beers. With over 16 beer infusion towers anchoring the handsome marble-clad space, Alchemist Beer Lab is where the thirsty can knock back a dry Irish stout infused with vanilla pods and mint leaves before moving on to a smooth ale left to sit with grilled pineapples and bracing anise. As with all experiments, expect some botched trials alongside surprisingly inspired libations. Beer-worthy grub such as chips fried in duck fat and crispy pork scratchings will have you lingering for awhile.
#B1-16. 26 Beach Road. Tel: 6386 4365
A granola bowl bursting with buckwheat, chia seeds, seasonal berries, and gula malaka syrup is not quite a dish you would expect to find at burger haven Three Buns, but their weekend brunch menu looks set to draw in a crowd that leans towards more traditional brunch-friendly fare. Forget the usual pancake stack. The coconut and rice griddlecakes topped with a generous heap of blueberries steeped in gula malaka is excellent. Elsewhere on the brunch menu, you'll find smoked salmon bagels and a toasted demi brioche topped with a Cumberland sausage — which is all well and good, but somehow not as satisfying as their messy, richly flavourful burgers. Their famed Naughty Fries (thick-cut wedges topped with spiced béarnaise, hot beef chilli, and bawang goreng) now comes in a junior portion, too. Perfect for snacking on while you nurse a cool Bloody Mary.
Potato Head Folk. 36 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6327 1939