Spruce at Phoenix Park Emerges An Italian Casual Fine Dining Restaurant

The tables are dressed in white linens; polished cutlery and proper wine glasses adorning the tabletop, while warm lighting completes the setting. It is all very romantic and unexpected of the Spruce we know. Previously positioned as a casual dining brunch spot, Spruce at Phoenix Park has undergone a facelift, emerging as an Italian casual fine dining restaurant with Michelin-starred Chef Mauro Scotto (formerly of Ristorante Rocca Bruna in Rapallo, Italy) paving the way. The result is a newly revamped menu that takes prides in using quality ingredients, and pasta that is handmade fresh daily.

Spruce at Phoenix Park

Spruce Phoenix Park - Restaurant - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Spruce Phoenix Park - Restaurant Table Setting - Review by Gourmet Adventures

The new menu showcases Chef Scotto’s personal touch to beloved classics such as spaghetti carbonara di mare ($23), as well as new creations like orecciette gamberi e zucchine ($21) – fresh sea prawns, spinach and perfectly-cooked zucchini dressed in a rich garlic-infused cream. Unlike the commonplace carbonara, his version isn’t cloyingly rich, allowing for full enjoyment of the accompanying roe and caviar, its hefty, savory flavors placing emphasis on each al dente strand of pasta slicked with just the right amount of sauce – a simple dish executed well.

Orecciette gamberi e zucchine ($21) at Spruce at Phoenix Park

Spruce Phoenix Park - Orecciette Gamberi e Zucchine - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Carbonara di mare ($23) at Spruce Phoenix Park

Spruce Phoenix Park - Spaghetti Carbonara di Mare - Review by Gourmet Adventures

For something different, try the casarecce norcina ($24). It may not be Instagram-worthy, but what it lacks aesthetically, it compensates in flavor. This house-made spinach pasta is topped with a generous serving of juicy, crunchy porcini, crisp pork sausage and aromatic black truffle, each piece of crunchy pasta paired beautifully with varying textures of ingredients.

Casarecce norcina ($24) at Spruce at Phoenix Park

Spruce Phoenix Park - Casarecce Norcina - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Highly recommended is the zuppa inglese ($15), a baked chocolate cake enclosed in a meringue shell. Forgotten pieces of raspberry and passion fruit temporarily distract us from its sweet custard, the acidity of the fruits preparing our tastebuds for the full impact of the soft and wobbly milk custard center. A little less rich (but equally good) is the panna cotta cuore morbido ($12) – white chocolate cream hides a core of raspberry compote, served alongside wild berries.

Zuppa inglese ($15) at Spruce Phoenix Park

Spruce Phoenix Park - Zuppa Inglese - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Panna cotta cuore morbido ($12) at Spruce Phoenix Park

Spruce Phoenix Park - Panna Cotta Cuore Morbido - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Housed in restored colonial building with hardwood floors, bare brick walls and high ceilings that allow sunlight to flood the hall, the 140-seater exudes an aura of elegance whilst maintaining a sense of nostalgic comfort, almost like dining at the home of a close friend. But above the food and ambience, is the service – attentive and personable, and most importantly, genuine.

Spruce at Phoenix Park

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Spruce Phoenix Park, 320 Tanglin Rd., 6836-5528. Open Tue-Fri 11:30am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10:30pm.

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Categories: Alfresco, Brunch, Casual Dining, Italian

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