Spruce, Phoenix Park, Singapore
Damn - that was unexpectedly good. I had heard that the chef from Wine Garage had started up this place (320 Tanglin Road, 6836-5528), but the thought of getting American food in Singapore was never that appealing to me. I now regret having dismissed it so easily, as this place was better than a lot of the places back home, and it made me realize that I really have been missing out all of this time.
We enjoyed everything they brought us tonight, be it the signature Spruce Burger with bacon to all of the delicious sides, including roasted mushrooms, tomato with blue cheese, or roasted corn, the last of which was surprisingly reminiscient of that Mexican corn that I had back in LA, even if it was a bit sweeter. This was also the only place in Singapore that I've found to make a really kicka$$ lemonade. It didn't matter that the beer selection was depressingly limited.
Sure, I could nitpick a little...most easily on the burger, which - just like it was back at Wine Garage - was so wet that Eddie Murphy's welfare burger skit kept entering my head. And the use of momotaro tomatoes was a bit of a waste when the pungent blue cheese overpowered its natural taste anyway (gigantic beefsteak tomatoes a la Morton's would have been my preference). But none of this is going to stop us from getting these items again. We'll be back without hesitation.