Sunday Market @ 22 Lim Tua Tow Road

"Where the wild things are."

“Where the wild things are.”

Sunday Market is a fairly recent cafe located at Lim Tua Tow Road, which is quite close to Serangoon Stadium. The place seems to be one of those that have been flying under the radar amidst the constant horde of cafes that have been opening up recently, though they are already gaining popularity like crazy. Sunday Market doesn’t just offer your usual brunch dishes, but also a mix cuisine of Asian Fusion; a little something for those who prefer local flavors.

Inside the "market".

Inside the “market”.

Menus, knick-knacks & drinks all being displayed at the counter.

Menus, knick-knacks & drinks all being displayed at the counter.

Another view of the cafe's interior. Cool bicycle.

Another view of the cafe’s interior. Cool bicycle.

More seating further into the cafe.

More seating further into the cafe.

Aesthetic
The interior design of Sunday Market is somewhat industrial. I would say that it is more eccentric, with a whole combination of multiple elements. While most of the other cafes I’ve been to try to keep things simple, Sunday Market seems to be doing the opposite, instead having a various assortment of knick-knacks, decorations & design-styles that are all mixed together. Bright coloured zebra cushions, half-brick walls, an assortment of plants & different types of lamps; including a large chandelier are used for the design of the place. You can even see various posters in the place, even one with Audrey Hepburn.

For some reason, it all actually works extremely well together and I found that I really liked the design of the place even though it’s overloaded with different elements. Perhaps because it’s different from the long list of cafes that keep things 1 – Simple, 2 – Vintage & 3 – Industrial, and this change feels much more aesthetically pleasing. (Or maybe I’m just a messy type of guy. Just kidding.) Like any of the furniture you see in the cafe? It’s even for sale, most of it are from a wacky furniture shop called “Alice in Wonderland” just a few stores down.

We all scream for ice-cream!

We all scream for ice-cream!

The menu of Sunday Market.

The menu of Sunday Market.

Food
The menu of Sunday Market is actually one of the most extensive ones that I’ve come across. Brunch dishes? Check. Asian Fusion? Check. Desserts? Check. Cakes? Check. Ice-cream? Check. There’s just so many options to choose from that when I first saw the menu, I had a hard time deciding what to get; I wanted to try almost everything. Even for their usual brunch fanfare, which they offer Eggs Benedict, waffles & pancakes, Sunday Market provides their own spin on the dishes, infusing a certain Asian cuisine element to them. “Sirloin Rendang Toast”… that sounds really interesting & very Asian. For dessert, they have Bangkok Toast (their most popular item), cakes (which I reckon are from suppliers) and even a range of ice-cream flavours at the counter.

Prices for the food at Sunday Market are actually quite low, with their mains all mostly below the 15 dollar mark. Unfortunately, the con that goes with this pro is that they do charge service fees & GST.

Matcha Latte ($5) I've had my fair share of Matcha Lattes, it seems to be my iconic drink to order whenever I visit a cafe these days.  The latte here was pretty alright. I thought there was a tad too much use of Matcha powder in it, which made the latte too thick. I did like the presentation of it though; ceramic cup, wooden spoon & some added biscotti.

Matcha Latte ($5)
I’ve had my fair share of Matcha Lattes, it seems to be my iconic drink to order whenever I visit a cafe these days.
The latte here was pretty alright. I thought there was a tad too much use of Matcha powder in it, which made the latte too thick. I did like the presentation of it though; ceramic cup, wooden spoon & some added biscotti.

Michael Fishbender ($8.90) Mesculin Mix, Wholegrain Mustard Dressing, Creamy Tuna, Japanese Cucumber, Tomatoes, Egg, Croutons, Parmesan I tend to stay away from salads as they are usually overpriced, however I just HAD to order this because of its NAME. (A play on Michael Fassbender.) I thought it was pretty funny... pun & all. The salad was actually really good, I wished I could have it everyday as it's a healthier option. Everything worked really well, and there was a nice amount of tuna in it.  (Their other salad is called "Christian Grey".... perhaps more for the ladies I reckon.)

Michael Fishbender ($8.90)
Mesculin Mix, Wholegrain Mustard Dressing, Creamy Tuna, Japanese Cucumber, Tomatoes, Egg, Croutons, Parmesan
I tend to stay away from salads as they are usually overpriced, however I just HAD to order this because of its NAME. (A play on Michael Fassbender.) I thought it was pretty funny… pun & all.
The salad was actually really good, I wished I could have it everyday as it’s a healthier option. Everything worked really well, and there was a nice amount of tuna in it.
(Their other salad is called “Christian Grey”…. perhaps more for the ladies I reckon.)

Skinny Wings & Truffle Fries ($6.90) With Aioli & Thai Chili Sauce When this arrived, it was kinda underwhelming, quantity and all. Fries were alright, it had a good truffle taste. My companion liked the wings, though they were definitely too skinny.

Skinny Wings & Truffle Fries ($6.90)
With Aioli & Thai Chili Sauce
When this arrived, it was kinda underwhelming, considering the quantity. Fries were alright, it had a good truffle taste. My companion liked the wings, though they were definitely too skinny.

Eggs Benedict ($12.90) Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, Chicken Ham, Buttered Toast I just can't go to a cafe without ordering Eggs Benedict. Another iconic dish that I always seem to have at cafes. The one here wasn't the best that I've had unfortunately. The eggs were slightly overdone, which limited that whole "yolk flowing". Perhaps my main gripe was that there was a charred taste to the toast. Turns out, it was slightly charred when I turned it over. All in all, it's not that bad, not the worst Eggs Benny I've had.

Eggs Benedict ($12.90)
Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, Chicken Ham, Buttered Toast
I just can’t go to a cafe without ordering Eggs Benedict. Another iconic dish that I always seem to have at cafes.
The one here wasn’t the best that I’ve had unfortunately. The eggs were slightly overdone, which limited that whole “yolk flowing”. Perhaps my main gripe was that there was a charred taste to the toast. Turns out, it was slightly charred when I turned it over. All in all, it’s not that bad, not the worst Eggs Benny I’ve had.

Seafood Aglio Olio ($14.90) Mixed Seafood, Chili Oil, Seafood Broth, Crispy Fish Flakes, Spaghetti This fared much better and I thought it tasted pretty good. My companion adored the crispy fish flakes. This definitely had a nice Asian twist.

Seafood Aglio Olio ($14.90)
Mixed Seafood, Chili Oil, Seafood Broth, Crispy Fish Flakes, Spaghetti
This fared much better and I thought it tasted pretty good. My companion adored the crispy fish flakes. This definitely had a nice Asian twist.

Smoked Salmon & Cheese Ice-Cream Waffle ($14.90) Mixed Cress, Smoked Salmon, Avocado, Cheese Ice-cream Perhaps one of the most unique dishes from Sunday Market and THE thing to order there.  You may look at the ice-cream and go "Ew, a savoury waffle with ice-cream?" but it actually works very well together! The whole dish tasted great, the ice-cream (though weird at first), really complemented the waffle & smoked salmon. I really liked the creativity that went into this dish. Recommended. (Of course, the whole concept of salty + sweet has been around for quite some time and more often then not, it usually works for some weird reason. Salted Caramel anyone? Or perhaps Salted Egg ice-cream or Salted Egg lava cake?)

Smoked Salmon & Cheese Ice-Cream Waffle ($14.90)
Mixed Cress, Smoked Salmon, Avocado, Cheese Ice-cream
Perhaps one of the most unique dishes from Sunday Market and THE thing to order there.
You may look at the ice-cream and go “Ew, a savoury waffle with ice-cream?” but it actually works very well together! The whole dish tasted great, the ice-cream (though weird at first), really complemented the waffle & smoked salmon. I really liked the creativity that went into this dish. Recommended.
(Of course, the whole concept of salty + sweet has been around for quite some time and more often then not, it usually works for some weird reason. Salted Caramel anyone? Or perhaps Salted Egg ice-cream or Salted Egg lava cake?)

Bangkok Toast ($10.90) Cinnamon Thick Brioche, Matcha Green Tea Custard, Thai Milk Tea Ice-cream This was one of Sunday Market's most popular desserts, everyone seems to be ordering this. This was also really good, the inside of the toast was filled with a milk custard, which paired really well with the Thai iced tea ice-cream. Another Asian Fusion dish. I did find that the toast was also a bit slightly charred, but aside from that, this was perfect.

Bangkok Toast ($10.90)
Cinnamon Thick Brioche, Matcha Green Tea Custard, Thai Milk Tea Ice-cream
This was one of Sunday Market’s most popular desserts, everyone seems to be ordering this.
This was also really good, the inside of the toast was filled with a milk custard, which paired really well with the Thai iced tea ice-cream. Another Asian Fusion dish. I did find that the toast was also a bit slightly charred, but aside from that, this was perfect.

Ice-cream in a cup (Think it was around $3.50) Honey & Fig, Strawberry Cheesecake They also have a wide range of ice-cream flavors, and I just couldn't resist trying it. I originally wanted to order a waffle to go with the scoops of ice-cream, but I was way way too bloated for another waffle, hence I settled. Their ice-cream were pretty good as well. I loved the Honey & Fig flavor, which is not common around these parts. (The only other place that had it was The Beast.)

Ice-cream in a cup (Think it was around $3.50)
Honey & Fig, Strawberry Cheesecake
They also have a wide range of ice-cream flavors, and I just couldn’t resist trying it. I originally wanted to order a waffle to go with the scoops of ice-cream, but I was way way too bloated for another waffle, hence I settled.
Their ice-cream were pretty good as well. I loved the Honey & Fig flavor, which is not common around these parts. (The only other place that had that flavor was The Beast.)

An interesting signboard outside of Sunday Market. A bunch of hashtags. #Foodgasm #FoodPorn, #SexFood Okay then... (Which would you give up though? Food or sex? An age old question that was even featured in an opening of a Friends episode.)

An interesting signboard outside of Sunday Market. A bunch of hashtags. #Foodgasm #FoodPorn, #SexFood
Okay then… (Which would you give up though? Food or sex? An age old question that was even featured in an opening of a Friends episode.)

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
I really like Sunday Market, it’s quite refreshing amidst the whole craze of cafes, it’s even somewhat of a hidden gem. The food’s pretty good, I do appreciate the fusion with Asian cuisine & the extensive options they offer, I would definitely head back to try more of their food, perhaps their “Roasted Duck with Garlic Hoisin Crispy Eggs” (which I was planning to order back during my first visit, but it slipped from my mind.) or the “Sirloin Rendang Toast”. It’s definitely a great place to try, with unique food & fantastic eccentric decor.

Food
7.5/10
Aesthetic
8.5/10
Price
7.5/10
Service
7/10

SUNDAY MARKET

22 Lim Tua Tow Road, Singapore 547772
(Nearest train station: Serangoon)
Contact: 6287 8880
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
http://www.sundaymarket.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/sundaymarket.sg

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2 thoughts on “Sunday Market @ 22 Lim Tua Tow Road

  1. Patronised this place several times. It is always stuffy and has the problem of interrupted power supply. Food is very average and customer service is way below average, given the fact that it has a service charge component. Serving staff is all young and seem rather inexperienced especially in handling crowds. Frowns and frustrations are written all over the faces of the waitresses. Food took forever to arrive and staff did not bother to update. Such a disappointment.

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