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Esquina Tapas Bar – Revisiting my favourite tapas joint

Roasted pork loin, salt-baked parsnips, pear, lardo, buttermilk and sorrel - S$33++

Roasted pork loin, salt-baked parsnips, pear, lardo, buttermilk and sorrel – S$33++

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.

Una, Rochester Park – Tapas Bar

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How does a restaurant stand out from amongst the crowd? One way, as UNA at One Rochester has, is to open a European restaurant that serves up dishes from 3 cuisines – French, Italian or Spanish. Whether it’s confusion or a show of creativity, that’s ultimately for the diner to decide. My take? I’m always game for choice!

To put things short, UNA Tapas Bar is the reincarnation of the old One Rochester. What has changed is its dining concept (gone with the communal dining, in with the small plates). Many restaurants have indeed gone down this path and I wonder, is the concept of small plates a phase in the development of Singapore’s culinary experience or one that is here to stay perpetually. 

Señor Taco

What started out as a small taqueria (pron: Ta-Ke-Ria) at The Cannery, Clarke Quay, Señor Taco now expanded into a full-fledged restaurant or Cantina in the quaint location of CHIJMES.  A Taqueria is spanish for “Taco Stall” and Cantina practically means “Canteen”.  They have definitely made their milestone with their new outlet.

Señor Taco serves a comprehensive array of Mexican street fare, from your Tacos, to your Quesadillas to the items that you’ve probably never heard of.  

Santi

SANTI recently launched an exclusive Catalan 4-course set lunch (consisting of an appetizer, an entree, a main and a dessert) that is available only on Sundays. It’s the perfect alternative to the usual brunch places on one of those lazy Sundays. The traditional Catalan menu aims to bring guests back to the roots of the restaurant, featuring traditional home cooked dishes that embodies the strong flavors of the cuisine. 

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