Followers of Spanish delicacies are spoilt for selection in Singapore. Because of a gentle improve in Spanish eateries and bars, we now know our tapas from our pintxos, and that soccarat (the crunchy rice on the backside of a paella pan) is the hallmark of paella finished properly. In time for Spain’s Nationwide Day (Oct 12) we round-up an inventory of the perfect spots on the town for a meals fiesta like none different. Delicioso!
Half-tapas bar, and half fine-dining Catalan restaurant, Binomio has been serving stellar Sangria and scrumptious tapas earlier than a lot of the trendier spots on this record. They’ve since gathered a loyal following of regulars, most of whom can’t get sufficient of the Gambas al Ajillo ($16) of scorching recent prawns in olive oil, garlic and parsley; or the delicately charred Cordero ($22) or lamb chops, served with a crust of herbs and nuts. Start the meal with drinks and nibbles at their tapas counter (which is street-side on Craig Street, and nice for people-watching) and end at their elegant indoor eating room.
Binomio is at #01-02, 20 Craig Street, tel: 6557 0547. Go to: www.binomio.sg/
2. Restaurant Gaig
This intimate eating area in Tanjong Pagar is the Singapore outpost of its one Michelin-starred sister restaurant from Barcelona by Carles Gaig. Removed from stuffy and pretentious, the restaurant is heat and alluring. Anticipate beautiful renditions of basic Catalan fare; Gaig’s conventional cannelloni is a household recipe that is still unchanged since 1869 ($16.50) the place pork and foie gras crammed cylinders are drenched within the richest truffle cream sauce. Mains embrace a black-hued squid ink and seafood Fideuà ($32.50) wealthy in umami ocean flavours. The award-winning chef visits his Singapore restaurant a number of occasions a yr, so in case your go to coincides with these occasions, anticipate much more scrumptious seasonal specials on the menu.
Restaurant Gaig is at 16 Stanley Road, tel: 6221 2134. Go to: http://singapur.restaurantgaig.com/
three. El Tardeo
In contrast to Binomio, it’s extra upscale sister-restaurant next-door, El Tardeo is a enjoyable and informal tapas bar which is all the time buzzing with post-work revellers. Their Gin & Tonics are legendary — beneficiant pours flavoured with citrus and served in giant goblets, they usually have over 40 varieties to select from, together with two Spanish Gins. Meals-wise, all the standard suspects on a Spanish tapas bar menu are there. Prime decisions are the Jamon Croquettas ($9) and the Coca bread topped with wild mushrooms and Manchego cheese ($16). Costs are reasonably priced, which is all the time a plus!
El Tardeo is at #01-01, 20 Craig Street, tel: 6221 6288. Go to: http://www.eltardeo.sg/
In a neighbourhood that sees fashionable spots come and go, Esquina has firmly held its floor on the nook of Jiak Chuan Street. Small and enormous plates of Spanish and Catalan flavours, within the type of elegant tapas and upscale mains, are all churned out with panache by the group led by Head Chef Carlos Montobbio. Spanish staples have been reinvented right here, just like the Paella of Bomba rice cooked in lobster inventory and topped off with sea urchin, saffron aioli, sugar snap peas and avocado mayonnaise ($32), or their model of the Spanish Omelette, which is served in pancake-like discs topped over slivers of sourdough, olive oil caviar and aioli. Counter seats are a terrific selection to observe the buzzy, open kitchen as you devour your meal.
Esquina is at 16 Jiak Chuan Street, tel: 6222 1616. Go to: https://esquina.com.sg/
5. Tapas Membership
Whereas scrumptious, loads of the small plates served at positive Spanish eating places include eye-watering costs. Not at Tapas Membership. Right here, you get high quality nosh at wonderful worth. Their most raved about dishes embrace the Calamares Fritos ($12.90) the place deep-fried child squid is served with butifarra sausages and fava beans, and the luxurious Spanish Omelette topped with thinly sliced jamon and bitter cream ($12.90). Their good-value offers on Spanish beer ($5 onwards) and Sangria (out there in purple wine and Cava variations, $12 for a glass) make each the Orchard and Vivocity outlet a superb comfortable hour spot.
Tapas Membership is at #02-13 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Street, tel: 3163 7577, and #01-98/99 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Stroll, tel: 6284 4680. Go to: http://www.tapasclub.com/
6. My Little Spanish Place
Their Boat Quay location could also be extra central and accessible, however we’re a fan of the unique Bukit Timah outpost for its charmingly cosy vibe. They’ve been feeding individuals since 2010, and the nice and cozy service, top of the range meals and family-restaurant atmosphere stays unchanged since. Repeatedly imported servings of Spanish ham (hand-carved to order), cheeses starting from the standard Manchego to rarer Catalonia Romero, and indulgent signatures just like the Grilled Octopus Leg with Purple Pepper & Saffron Potato Purées ($38) are all causes to go to. A strong record of Spanish wines, Cava and good ol’ Sangria all assure a scrumptious night time out.
My Little Spanish Place is at 619 Bukit Timah Street, tel:6463 2810 and 54 Boat Quay, tel: 6532 0665. Go to: http://www.mylittlespanishplace.com.sg/
7. Sabio Tapas & Bar
Inside the hip Duxton Hill enclave, Sabio is a comfortable and intimate spot that has been delivering on its promise of well-executed tapas and potent cocktails for a number of years now. From their expansive menu, you can’t go incorrect with their strong choice of Chorizo (the Salchichon Trufa is a must-order for those who like truffle, $14 for 50g), pintxos (bar snacks, as they’re referred to as in Northern Spain) just like the Child Sardines with Marinated Tomatoes ($four) and bigger plates just like the Meat and Seafood Paella, which are available both single serves or shareable parts ($14-$26). Sabio has retailers at Sentosa Cove and at The Heeren (the menus range barely) however their unique and oldest outlet at Duxton Hill continues to be one in every of our favourites for its date-night vibe.
Sabio is at 5 Duxton Hill, tel: 6690 7562, #01-02 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Approach, tel: 6690 7568 and #01-40/#02-03 The Heeren, 260 Orchard Street, tel: 6235 4475. Go to: http://www.dhm.com.sg/sabio/
eight. Ola Cocina Del Mar
Ola’s chef-owner Daniel Chavez is not any stranger to positive Spanish delicacies, having labored within the kitchens of award-winning eating places in each Spain and Singapore (he labored beneath Santi Santamaria on the now-defunct Santi at Marina Bay Sands), and the meals at Ola additionally bears touches from his Peruvian heritage. Seafood dishes are their specialty, be it the Piquillos ($22) the place cod fish brandade stuffed peppers are served with Vizcaina sauce and crispy wild rice, or the Fideua Negra ($38) a noodle-paella flavoured with squid ink and topped with fried calamari, paprika and aioli. Costs are steep and parts are modest, however the meals is superb so do reserve this for particular events.
Ola Cocina Del Mar is at #01-06, 12 Marina Blvd, tel: 6604 7050. Go to: www.fb.com/olarestaurantsg/
9. La Taperia by Les Amis
Expectations are understandably excessive once you sit down for a meal at La Taperia, as you’d have of any restaurant by the acclaimed Les Amis group. Since their opening in 2014, La Taperia have established themselves as an intimate tapas and Spanish wine bar, boasting the town’s largest choice of wines from the area, paired with extremely genuine Spanish delicacies. Whisky aficionados, there’s even a number of Glendronach single cask whiskies aged in the most effective Spanish Oloroso casks. The meals doesn’t take a backseat in any respect; their Crispy Child Squid ($26) cooked in ink and served with aioli, is insanely addictive, and for dessert their Churros ($three.50 a bit) served with chocolate sauce are sometimes lauded as the town’s greatest.
La Taperia by Les Amis is at #02-10/11 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd, tel: 6737 8336. Go to:https://www.lataperia.com.sg/
10. Don Quijote
Whereas a lot of the different decisions on this listing could be categorised beneath tapas bar, or casual-fine eating, this Dempsey stalwart boasts a family-restaurant vibe — full with youngsters menu and eating choices to go well with quite a lot of palates. From tapas staples like Patatas Bravas ($eight) to heartier mains like Paellas in all sizes, and in vegetarian, hen and seafood variations, or one with the works (the Don Quijote ‘Especial’, $53 onwards). Tip: Don Quijote does a superb weekend brunch. It’s nice worth at $38++ onwards ($19++ for teenagers) and you’ll not go hungry with their array of tapas, salads, Catalan-style pasta and unique mains just like the Stewed Pigs Ft with White Beans.
Don Quijote is at #01-02, Block 7 Dempsey Street, tel: 6476 2811. Go to: http://www.don-quijote-restaurants.com/
11. FOC by Nandu Jubany
‘FOC’ means hearth in Catalan, and it’s a pretty apt description as a meal right here is vibrant and the temper all the time lit and buzzy. Fashionable, however extremely nice is how we might describe the elegant plates that come out of Nandu Jubany’s and Jordi Noguera’s busy kitchens. Impressed dishes on the menu are the Watermelon “Gazpacho” & Smoked Olive Oil Ice Cream ($12) and the FOC-style Prawn Ravioli ($14). Drinks-wise, their cocktail record holds many winners. The FOC Sangria is arguably the most effective (learn: potent) basic variations on the town — it’s a highball glass of Rum, Candy Vermouth, wine and orange juice ($17). The selection of tipples additionally embrace quite a lot of Spanish wines and sherry and uncommon liquors that the bartenders are completely satisfied to place right into a libation, on request.
FOC is at 40 Hongkong Road, tel: 6100 4040. Go to: http://www.focrestaurant.com/
12. Pim Pam by FOC
In contrast to its extra refined sister restaurant on Hong Kong Road, Pim Pam is a classy and informal Orchard Street spot that may be a welcome change from the cookie cutter mall eating places on the buying belt. The meals are scrumptious nibbles, and the street-facing terrace is the place we favor to take a seat whereas chowing down on the Croquetas (in ham, mushroom, crab and spinach and pine nut variations, $5-$6) or their choice of flown-in Iberico Ham. Their model of Patatas Bravas ($6) are amongst our favorite potato dishes on the town. Right here, a deep-fried potato mille feuille is topped with dainty dollops of aioli and salsa. Tip: Look out for his or her Boqueria-style Sunday brunches (on ‘select’ Sundays solely) the place the restaurant is reworked right into a buzzy meals market full with reside stations, a meals parade of their classics and free-flow of Cava, Sangria and extra. ($68++ per individual onwards).
FOC Pim Pam is at #01-29, 442 Orchard Street, tel:6100 4242. Go to: http://focpimpam.com/
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