Singapore’s best tapas restaurants

Hold on to your Jamon Iberico and patatas bravas and get set for our run down of the joints that we recommendos

Top tapas restaurants in Singapore
Top tapas restaurants in Singapore
02 Jun 2016

Top tapas restaurants in Singapore

The tapas wave seems to have abated (or taken another form) in Singapore since Spanish tapas restaurants haven’t been popping up at the rate we were used to. Good thing for us, though, that our favourite tapas places are still going strong ’cause there’s nothing more we love than to pick at tasty morsels from a variety of small plates, washed down with a glass of Rioja and a dose of good company in a convivial atmosphere.

If you’re like us, then this list is for you. Hold on to your Jamon Iberico and patatas bravas and get set for our run down of the joints that we recommendos.

FOC
FOC
02 Jun 2016

FOC

For quintessential Catalan cuisine, check out Spanish Michelin-starred chef Nandu Jubany’s FOC at Hong Kong Street. Carefully executed by Chef Jordi Noguera, the authentic menu here reaffirms the most demanding traditions, while still offering you contemporary dishes with a modern edge, including some Asian flavours. Depending on the season, you can enjoy the most select produce for that time of the year in a wide array of conceptual tapas dishes—think dishes like Grilled Scallops with Bonito Stock and Soy Caviar and Cod Puff Fritters with Green Apple Puree.

FOC is located at 40 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059679, p. 6100 4040. Open Mon-Thu 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 10pm, Fri 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 10.30pm, Sat 6pm – 10.30pm. Closed Sun.

Binomio
Binomio
02 Jun 2016

Binomio

Binomio is definitely one of the more traditional Spanish restaurants in Singapore. Frankly, sitting at the bar calls to mind past visits to cozy, nameless restaurants so common in parts of Spain. Having said that, the main restaurant area itself is more of a fine dining setting. As for the food, freshness is key and their seafood dishes such as the Grilled Fish with Escalivada ($28) are bursting with clean flavours. Tapas-wise, expect a wide range of traditional to cool, contemporary versions of the classics.

Binomio is located at Craig Place #01-02, 20 Craig Road, Singapore 089692, p. 6557 0547. Open Mon-Fri 12pm – 1.45pm & 6pm – 10.30pm, Saturday 6pm – 10.30pm. Closed Sun.

Sabio by The Sea
Sabio by The Sea
02 Jun 2016

Sabio by The Sea

A spin off from the original Sabio on Duxton Hill, we have to say this is our favourite of the two – the tapas and the view of the marina does it for us. Be sure to order the El Pulpo ($24) – think fresh octopus leg grilled to perfect tenderness, accompanied by bright violet mash potatoes! Did we mention they also have all-you-can-eat tapas every weekday for just $49.90++ per person? And they’re also reimbursing the Sentosa entry fee for you folks when you head to Sabio by The Sea for weekend brunch (just remember to ask for the receipt at the gantry)! 

Sabio by the Sea is located at #01-02 31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375, p. 6690 7568. Open Mon-Thu 12pm – 10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm to 12am, Sun 10.30am – 10pm.

Esquina
Esquina
02 Jun 2016

Esquina

Another go-to place for high-end, creative tapas which breaks away from the main stays, Esquina expertly dishes up tapas with a twist. Though certainly on the pricey side, pretty much every dish we sampled delivered intense yumminess, but the one that took the biscuit had to be the Spanish Nigiri ($6) sees a tuna-like strip of roasted bell pepper atop bacalao brandade.

Esquina is located at 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267, p. 6222 1616. Open Mon-Fri 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm, Sat 6pm – 10:30pm. Closed Sun. 

Catalunya
Catalunya
02 Jun 2016

Catalunya

If you want outstanding tapas of the experimental kind brought to you by the good people behind the legendary elBulli, there is no better place than Cataluyna. With excellent, playful dishes that will quite simply, blow your mind. It’s also a more cost friendly way of dining at this high-end establishment, and of course a chance to try their famous Suckling Pig ($18) in tapas form!

Catalunya is located at The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327, p. 6534 0886. Open Mon-Sat 12pm – 2.30pm, Mon-Sun 6pm – 10.30pm. Sunday Brunch 12.30pm – 4pm. 

La Ventana
La Ventana
02 Jun 2016

La Ventana

This casual tapas restaurant in Singapore, managed by Michelin-starred Chef Carles Gaig’s daughter Nuria Gibert features an extensive menu of classic Catalan recipes, many of which have been passed down for generations within the Gaig family. With dishes like Pastry Lobster Tapas and the Pigeon Paella, La Ventana is a fantastic place for an introduction to authentic Catalan fare.

La Ventana is located at 16A Dempsey Road #01-01, Singapore 247695, p. 6470 0100. Open daily 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm.

Ola Cocina Del Mar
Ola Cocina Del Mar
02 Jun 2016

Ola Cocina Del Mar

Since the tragic closing of Santi at MBS, former head Chef Daniel Chavez decided to create his own concept, Ola, hidden away in Marina Bay Financial Centre. This Spanish restaurant is casual, unpretentious and delivers some excellent food (give the black rice dishes a try!). Also, being a native Peruvian, Chef Daniel’s Ceviche is incredible!

Ola Cocina Del Mar is located at #01-06 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 12 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018982, p. 6604 7050 . Open Mon-Fri 11.30am – 2pm & 6pm to 10pm, Sat 6pm to 10pm. Closed Sun.

My Little Spanish Place
My Little Spanish Place
02 Jun 2016

My Little Spanish Place

Knocking around for around four years already, we’re loving their recent revamp including a rather impressive Jamon bar and Spanish pantry. Consequently it has one of the best ranges of Jamon in town. If you’re a Paella fan then be sure to try the offering here, and the Churros con Chocolate ($12) – it’s worth a visit for just those alone!

My Little Spanish Place is located at 619 Bukit Timah Toad, Singapore 269720, p. 6463 2810. Open Tue to Fri 6.30pm – 11pm, Sat-Sun 11am – 3pm & 6.30pm – 11pm. 

Bam! Tapas Sake Bar
Bam! Tapas Sake Bar
02 Jun 2016

Bam! Tapas Sake Bar

Bam! You read that right. Drawing Japanese elements into their small plates, the tapas bar is all about the the umami. Their sake menu is served by the glass, carafe, or bottle, and is meant to be paired with the food on offer. For something unique, we recommend the Kampong Egg with Chanterelle Mushroom and Ham ($18), or the ever popular Pasta a la Plancha with Prawns, Soft-Shell Crab and Sake Butter ($22).

Bam! Tapas Sake Bar is located at 38 Tras Street, Singapore 078977, p. 6226 0500. Open Mon 6pm – 10:30pm, Tue-Thu 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 10.30pm, Fri 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 11.30pm, Sat 6pm – 11.30pm.

Lolla
Lolla
02 Jun 2016

Lolla

Helmed by Singaporean chef Tan Huang Ming, Lolla (pronounced with a long ‘o’) is as fuss-free as it gets—your menu is your placemat, and napkins are dispensed diner-style at the bar. The menu of small plates is here is all Mediterranean, inventive yet familiar. You definitely have to try their signature Sea Urchin Pudding ($19), a beautiful squid ink custard topped with raw sea urchin. Oh, drinkers will be glad to hear that there’s a small but well-curated selection of wines for you to imbibe.

Lolla is located at 22 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069702, p. 6423 1228. Open Mon-Sat 12pm – 2.00pm & 6pm – 12am.

Don Quijote
Don Quijote
02 Jun 2016

Don Quijote

One of the ‘old guards’ of tapas in Singapore, the very unassuming Don Quijote is tucked away in the bustling vicinity of Dempsey, serving up pure, genuine and simple plates. Choose from eight types of cold tapas and more than 20 hot ones; fives types of paellas; five types of fideuas (a pasta version of paella), and six types of meat. We absolutely love the Tacos de Lomo al Queso Azul ($18), tender and juicy cubes of steak with a lovely blue cheese dip.

Don Quijote is located at #01-027 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249671, p. 6476 2811. Open Mon-Wed 4pm – 10.30pm, Thu-Fri 4pm – 1am, Sat 11am – 1am, Sun 11am – 10.30pm.

This story first appeared on City Nomads.

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