The Place I have always like the vibe of Mohamed Sultan/Robertson Quay estate as it offers a wide range of restaurants for me to choose from, especially when there are often new restaurants which open in this estate periodically. I have delayed my visit to Spathe Public House since its opening some time back but it’s always better late than never. My anticipation for Spathe is also heightened by the fact that the executive chef is Claudio Sandri, who previously helmed the now defunct Brasserie Wolf. The interior of Spathe is rustic, retaining the old brick and pipes as part of the design. The graffiti art literally adds a lot of colour to the overall ambience.
The Food What first caught my eye on the menu is the Mammoth Signatures, which include the likes of NZ Mussels, Mohamed Sultan Meter Dog and Whole-grilled Chicken, all well-suited for between 4-6 pax, as Spathe holds the belief of communal dining and food sharing.
For small eaters, the Pocket Plates selections might be more suitable to order from. I tried the Spathe Garlic Fries ($6), which I really think is mediocre. The fries is not crispy, neither does the garlic taste wow me. I should stick to truffle fries in future.
The Traditional Beef Lasagne ($12), however, is a delight! The serving is perfect for one person, and what makes this dish stand out is really the cheese. Not too cheesy, yet it compliments perfectly with the beef and pasta.
Being the kiasu Singaporean, a visit to Spathe will not be complete without trying something from the Spathe Classics. I chose the Grilled Australian Grain Fed Rib Eye ($38), done medium well. I feel that there is not much surprise for me from the Rib Eye steak. It is done to what I expected, the steak is succulent enough and not too dry but it lacks the wow factor. I was surprised that it comes with a big serving of garlic fries as well, which I have to rant about shortly.
Rants Service is bleah, unfortunately. We requested for warm water while the staff was taking our orders, and the staff apparently rolled his eyes on us. Seriously, is it a crime to request for warm water even if most people in the restaurant are having beer or wine? Secondly, we feel that we should have been informed that our Rib Eye steak comes with a big serving of Garlic Fries, which is not explicitly described in the menu. We would not have ordered a duplicated side order of the Garlic Fries and would definitely try something else. This is basic service staff awareness in our opinion.
Will I return again? We feel that the food does not leave a lasting impression, even though the service standard did. In any case, there is no lack of good restaurants in the vicinity, and I do not see any draw to be back at Spathe.
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
Spathe Public House
8 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-01
Tel: +65 6735 1035