Bienvenido to Singapore's best Spanish restaurants and bars for Iberico pork, patatas bravas, gazpacho and more.
Much like Asian cuisine, that we know and love so well, Spanish cuisine is full of herbs, rich spices and powerful flavours. Whatever your favoured region or dish – paella, patatas bravas, gazpacho – you owe it to your food-loving self to visit these best Spanish restaurants and tapas joints in Singapore. Buena suerte!
FOC PIM PAM
If you’re all about Barcelona’s laid-back wine and tapas culture, you’ll dig FOC’s latest tapas and wine bar. Meaning quick and easy in Spanish, Pim Pam brings to mind the famed tapas bars of Spain with its buzzy vibes, and newly revamped space adorned with timber and metal accents, and redecorated in black and grey. On the menu you’ll find classics with a twist like the Fideua paella with duck and pak choi, as well as less-traditional creations like octopus and pork belly, served with potato foam. Its diverse array of spaces include a dining room, tapas bar and terrace to suit all types of occasions but we recommend rounding up the gang for a post-work drinks sesh – the restaurant has a wide variety of Spanish wines.
PIM PAM by FOC, 442 Orchard Road, #01-29, Singapore 238879. p. 6100 4242. Open Mon-Thurs 12pm-3pm and 5pm-1pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-3pm and 5pm-1am; Sun 12pm-3pm, 5pm-11pm.
Helmed by Spanish-born Chef Antonio Oviedo, the contemporary bistro offers diners a seasonality-driven menu influenced by “the gifts of soil, land, and sea”. On the menu, you’ll find affordable Spanish dishes like the calamaritos paired with nori and burnt lime; as well as the chargrilled Carabienero shrimp, served with a rich risotto-esque dish of bomba rice cooked in prawn bisque. Check out our full review of Botanico.
Botanico, 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488.
The Great Mischief
New to the halal scene is The Great Mischief: a Muslim-owned Catalonian-style cafe located in new boutique hotel The Great Madras. The menu is made up of tantalising tapas – 23 to be exact – including berejenas con miel (fried aubergine drizzled with acacia honey), and solomillo con queso de cabro: a bottom sirloin with goat cheese, onions, red peppers and salsa brava. Instead of sangria, down the grub with a mocktail. The La Mamba Rambla, for instance, is an interesting blend of cinnamon, egg white, kaya, lemon and milk.
The Great Mischief, 28 Madras Street, Singapore 208422
Sabio by The Sea and Sabio Tapas Bar
This power duo of fab Spanish food has everything we love about Spanish food; salty jamón ibérico, flavour-packed chorizos, and lemon-spiked calamari…oh si. Sabio Tapas Bar in Duxton Hill is perfect if you’re in the mood to party, while its upmarket sister, Sabio by The Sea, in swanky Sentosa Cove promises relaxing afternoons over lavish spreads. Both restos offer hot and cold tapas, grilled specials, delectable desserts and an enormous selection of Spanish wine, beer, and spirits.
Sabio Tapas Bar, 5 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089591, p. 6690 7562. Sabio by the Sea, 31 Ocean Way, #01-02 Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098373, p. 6690 7568.
Nestled in the corner of Jiak Chuan Road, Esquina is a sensual Spanish resto offering small tables and small plates with big flavours. The brainchild of renowned Brit chef, Jason Atherton, the industrial-chic joint serves up decadent dishes like the crispy baby squid (with chilli coriander and squid ink aioli), Saffron paella (with pan-fried red snapper, chorizo, and snow peas) as well as the Iberico pork and foie gras burgers.You’ll want to save room for drinks and desserts – there’s nothing quite like that warm feeling in your belly after an unforgivably luscious warm chocolate fondant, finished off with a glass of tart (verging on spicy) red wine.
Esquina, 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267, p. 6222 1616. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Sat 6pm-10.30pm.
Located in the lush green surrounds of Dempsey Hill, La Ventana is the perfect, scenic spot for eggs-benny-sick Sunday brunchers. Led by Michelin starred chef Carles Gaig, its menu offers a slew of sophisticated Catalan dishes, including the tapas favourite of Foie Gras Terrine Cookies, lobster paellas and mains like poached black cod with garlic and olive oil sauce.
La Ventana, 16A Dempsey Road, Singapore 247695.
Pop into any of Don Quijote’s two outlets and you’ll see it teeming with Spanish diners – always a good sign. Known for its traditional, hearty Spanish fare, the resto’s Paella Valencia may have achieved cult status, but it’s not just that that keeps ’em coming back. The extensive menu of over 80 items features everything from tapas and savoury soups, to pastas, meats and succulent steaks. Plus, if you’re out with the gang and looking to get sozzled, Don Quijote at Dempsey has the widest bar offering on the hill, stocking over 100 different kinds of bevvies, of which there are over 35 varieties of whisky, 10 different vodkas, eight types of beers and six kinds of rum.
Don Quijote, Block 7, Dempsey Road, #01-02 and 17 Lorong Kilat, Singapore 598139.
Ola Cocina Del Mar
At Ola Cocina Del Mar, your visit isn’t just about the food; here, the kitchen is regarded as the soul of the open-concept restaurant. Patrons watch as chefs saute and flambé their way around the stove and are welcome to interact freely with them. Seafood is the main speciality here, with heavy emphasis on the freshest seasonal produce. Standout dishes include the squid ink noodle paella and Pescado de Mercado con Calcots y Romesco: a creamy concoction of sustainable wild fish with couscous, roasted leeks and sundried tomatoes.
Ola Cocina Del Mar, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 12 Marina Boulevard, #01-06, Singapore 018982.
On the hunt for authentic Catalan fare? Stop by FOC in Hongkong Street, which features Michelin-starred chef Nandu Jubany, chef Jordi Noguera, and mixologist Dario Knox (formerly from Catalunya Restaurant) in the driving seat. The Catalan and Mediterranean-inspired offerings include black seafood paella, patatas bravas, and mixes such as the Good Old Diplomatic Pal (made with Diplomatico Rum and house-made coffee vermouth blend).
FOC Restaurant, 40 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059679.
Fun fact: Binomio means “a pair” in Spanish. The resto embodies this with its duo concept of housing both a fine dining area and a casual tapas bar. We tip our hats off to the chefs for consistently keeping things fresh; the menu changes at least four times a year, while daily specials are crafted according to the day’s produce. Its array of mouth-watering tapas include the Tuetano con Tartar (grilled bone marrow with beef steak tartar on toast) and Gambas al Ajillo (tiger prawn confit in olive oil). As for mains, the braised wagyu veal shank and char-grilled ribeye steak deserve special shout-outs for being delightfully tender.
Binomio, 20 Craig Road, #01-02, Craig Place, Singapore 089692.
My Little Spanish Place
Cosy and friendly with oodles of charm, it’s little wonder that My Little Spanish Place’s customer philosophy is “mi casa su casa.” Inspired by home-style eateries in Spain, this charming resto boasts a menu of traditional family recipes and renowned dishes from various regions. Signature creations include the Conchinillo Asado Asado Iberico (a tender baby pig slow-roasted in white wine and garlic to perfection) and the Pulpo de la Casa (grilled octopus leg seasoned with pimenton and served with red peppers and potato purees). Don’t forget to wash it all down with a glass of wine or sangria – according to these guys, it’d be criminal not to.
My Little Spanish Place, 619 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269720 or 54 Boat Quay, Singapore 049843.
My Little Tapas Bar
The sister restaurant to My Little Spanish Place in Bukit Timah, this quaint eating place carries on the same spirit with the Spanish saying, Mi Casa es Su Casa, translating to “my house is your house”. Start your Spanish dining experience with tapas sides like the patatas picantonas (fried potatoes with spicy tomato alioli), or some croquetas de jamón (fried ham-stuffed creamy croquettes with alioli). And you can’t go wrong with their pan-seared ribeye steak with red chumchurri sauce, served with a heap of potato fries.
My Little Tapas Bar, 14 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069694
The undisputed exemplar of nose-to-tail dining in Singapore, Dehesa is a haven for the adventurous carnivores among you. There’s little this offal-centric Spanish restaurant doesn’t serve, but take it a step at a time, and start off with chewy duck hearts piled high on toast. Not exciting enough for you? Prep yourself for main courses that explore more unusual parts of the anatomy, like crispy pig head, ox tongue, calf liver, ox heart and the tender, creamy milk-fed lamb sweetbread served with capers and parsley.
Dehesa, 12 North Canal Road, Singapore 048825. p. 6221 7790.
Salt Tapas & Bar
The reasonably-priced (and surprisingly excellent) Spanish inflected sister of Salt Grill & Sky Bar means a fully packed restaurant, so make your reservations and don’t come wanting to make fruitful conversation – it gets pretty noisy. Our favourites include the seafood paella with jamon iberico; grilled baby octopus with kipfler potato and chickpes; as well as the unmissable salted chocolate molten cake get our dessert-lovin’ hearts a-fluttering.
Salt Tapas & Bar, Raffles City Shopping Centre, #01-22A, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103.
From the same folks behind Bistro du Vin and NamNam Noodle Bar, the award-winning La Taperia is all about the familiar classics. At this intimate little nook, you’ll find sizzling Spanish signatures like squid ink seafood paella, grilled octopus and suckling pig croquettes to be enjoyed with copious amounts of affordable wine. But if you’re trooping in with a whole gang of 20, kick back at the dimly-lit, outdoor balcony which includes a long communal table, perfect for long chit-chats and tapas nibbling.
La Taperia, Shaw Centre, 02-10/11, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208.
Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant
We’re going to come right out and say it: Serenity wins ’em all over in terms of ambience with its summery, Mediterranean-style interiors, livened up by festive tunes and flamenco performances. Well-known signatures at this charming eatery include the impressive-looking suckling pig, the (Fideau) noodle dishes and the sinfully creamy paella.
Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant, VivoCity, #01-98/99, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585.
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