If you ask me what my favourite tapas restaurant is, that accolade goes to none other than Esquina. That statement is backed up by my many visits to the restaurant. Here’s three simple, but very true, reasons why I continue to patronize Esquina in spite of the many new tapas bars that have sprouted up (and shuttered) in recent years:
- The dishes have never once disappointed;
- The portions are perfect;
- The prices are affordable considering the first 2 reasons.
I am not a dessert person but if there was a weak link in the line-up at Esquina, it would have to be the desserts. They were not bad in any way, in fact, smiles appeared while we were eating them. Before you place judgement on this humble author, I am by no means saying that the desserts should be changed, but after being brought up to the zenith with the appetizers and main courses, the desserts came across being safe (read: boring)
I leave you with photographs of our meal a few months ago where we celebrated Christmas Eve.
Elegance in Simplicity.
The baby squid and batter were lightly seasoned allowing the natural flavours to shine through.
This was the second time that we had this dish and my comments remain the same. See link.
The seared scallops were textbook perfect. Slightly translucent in the middle, yet not overcooked on the exterior. The green curry surprisingly accompanied the scallops really well. Think traditional Thai Green Curry packed with less heat but with more concentrated flavors and you should be able to get a mental picture of what the dish entails. The fluffy coconut rice was a befitting carbohydrate choice too.
On paper, the combination sounded weird – how do you pair seabass with gnochii with chicken wing? It worked but it did come across as a little too rich (‘jelak’ in Singlish terminology’) towards the end.
The two desserts were decent.
Food – 8.5 / 10 stars
Ambience – 7.5 / 10 stars
Esquina Tapas Bar
6 Jiak Chuan Road Singapore 089267
Tel: +65 6222 1616