28 Feb 2015 • 390 reviews • 55 followers
Full Sunday Market (Cafe) review: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/02/sunday-market-cafe.html
Tucked away in a quiet corner off Upper Serangoon Road, Sunday Market (Cafe) appears non-descript from the outside, but don't be fooled. This hidden gem of a cafe offers adventurous fusion food, blending elements of Southeast Asia cuisine with classical American and British influences. Sunday Market (Cafe) is definitely unafraid of pushing boundaries!
Ambeince at Sunday Market (Cafe) is one of the highlights. Some have described the place as quirky, which seemingly doesn't encompass what it is... an organised chaos. Decor is urban street grunge, meets anti-establishment, meets elegant sophistication. Rough brick and unfinished cement walls stand opposed to clean white and red walls. Industrial metal and wooden furniture line the floor, while creeping plants fill the corners, and a bright red bicycle hangs over the dessert counter. Suddenly, there's an elegant gold chandelier and a giant bird sclupture too. Even the music is random, you could be listening to upbeat mandarin pop one minute, followed by a mellow jazz number the next.
Service at Sunday Market (Cafe) is pretty good. The young staff are upbeat and proactive, quick in seating you and taking orders, as well as being able to recommend items from the menu. I like that Sunday Market (Cafe) offers tableside service, they even help top up your water glass! They even come around to warn you if the parking attendant shows up, which I understand happens rather frequently in this area!
Food at Sunday Market (Cafe) is fusion, Singapore style. Each dish is creative, with many items here being handmade. However, taste can sometimes be hit and miss, and is rather subjective as their food is experimental. Portions are big enough for 1 person, and prices are at the upper end for a cafe, budget about SGD $29 per person for a meal at Sunday Market (Cafe).
The Beef Rendang Toast (SGD $15.90) is only available as a weekend brunch dish, and is well worth ordering. Chunks of tender beef striploin, marinated in a savoury, spiced rendang gravy, extremely tasty and flavourful! Served with crisp buttered brioche toast strips, which you dip into the incredibly fragrant and aromatic rendang gravy / curry before eating... Highly recommended!
The Bangkok Toast (SGD $10.90) is the house signature dessert. A thick slab of sweet brioche toast, filled with a sweet milky cream, dusted with cinnamon sugar and topped with strawberries, is the star on the plate, and good enough to eat on its own. Alongside is a smooth green tea custard garnished with blueberries, and I'm surprised it doesn't have that powdery texture usually associated with matcha desserts. The weakest element is the Thai milk tea ice cream, while the home made ice cream retains the flavour of an authentic Thai milk tea, it had more ice crystals instead of a smooth milky texture.