I’d heard some good things about the quality of food at Sprigs and really wanted to try it out for myself. At the invitation of founder/manager Titus, we had a wonderful sampling of some delectable modern European flavours at a classy but comfortable restaurant tucked away on Purvis Street on Saturday.
Being an interior designer by training, Titus had the place decorated well. It may be trivial to some, but I appreciated that the tables (and hence dishes) were well-lit, the decorative plants were not artificial, and they used real tea light candles for a soft glow. Also, the water was infused with cucumber and mint. Plus points for attention to detail.
But of course, it’s really all about the food so let’s get right to it! Their Dinner Set ($68++) allows you to choose from their list of Starters, Mains and Desserts but I’ve listed a la carte prices for reference because the portion sizes are the same. So here are our picks:
For starters, we went with the Roasted Veal Carpaccio ($22) with Egg Confit, capers and a Tonnato Sauce.
While the veal was tender, lightly-smoked and flavourful, it was actually the egg confit that stole the show! The texture of the yolk was speadable like a soft, melted butter and the tonnato (a creamy tuna-flavoured sauce) really brought the whole dish together. Some might find the sauce a bit overwhelming for the meat but I like my sauces heavy so this was right up my alley.
Our second starter was the Flame Torched Hokkaido Scallops ($22) with Padron Peppers, Miso and Cress.
I adored the sauce which was a wonderful balance of the saltiness of miso with the very subtle spice of the Padron peppers. I’d never tried a dish flavoured with Padron peppers, and boy am I hooked. This was a refreshing dish although I thought the scallops were just slightly overcooked.
You can’t really go wrong with meat swimming in some quality French butter. And this one, although slightly overcooked, was infused with mixed herbs with a chunk of butter left to melt over the meat was quite an explosion of flavours in the mouth. I was also impressed with the vegetables on the side, in particular the potatoes which were cooked and browned perfectly and the sweetness of the asparagus and carrots really came through with just a light sauté in salt and butter.
But it was the next main that I really loved. The Chilean Seabass ($40) with Shaved Squid, Lomo Iberia and Sauce Vierge.
The Seabass was cooked to flaky, juicy, tender perfection and this was set in a pool of a beautifully subtle Sauce Vierge and topped with shavings of soft squid and salty iberico. And remember those Padron peppers i was telling you about? Gave this otherwise simple dish some edge and character too. All of it was cooked well and placed atop a bed of golden potatoes which helped fill us up.
But as they always say, one is never too full for desserts and that prove true with these two picks.
The Frozen Mandarin Souffle ($12) with Citrus Compote and the Chocolate Mi-Cuit ($12) with Yuzu and Pomelo.
I highly-recommend the Frozen Mandarin Souffle. It’s not like any souffle you’ve ever had before being a texture like a mixture of an ice-cream and a light souffle. The flavours were extraordinary. Light, refreshing on the palate but yet indulgent with a smooth vanilla and topped with berries.
I’m not a big dark chocolate fan, but those of you who love your chocolates dark and semi-sweet, you’ll love this. Especially paired with the tang of the yuzu and the slight bitterness of the pomelo. Overall, a satisfying end to the meal.
A truly delightful meal with wonderful service and a beautiful ambience perfect for anything from a date to time spent with loved ones over a quiet dinner. But I do recommend going for the set dinner. It’s worth every cent. Enjoy!