Catalunya’s Weekend Brunch (Saturdays and Sundays, 12.30pm to 3.30pm)

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Catalunya in Singapore extends its popular Sunday buffet brunch to take place on Saturdays as well. Partake in a Spanish gastronomic journey from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Unlike other buffets, Catalunya’s brunch experience comes in stages, so you’ll feel obliged to stay through the entire 3-hour sitting.

The high ceiling allows loads of natural sunlight into the dining room, making for the perfect brunch setting, great for instagramming your food too. Natural lighting = great photos!

@melicacy: One of the most exciting weekend brunch experiences you can find in Singapore! Begin the meal with some very well curated salads, anchovies, ceviches and jamon at the buffet station, order the creamy and foamy modern interpretation of Spanish omelette, the comforting Estrellado of scrambled egg on potatoes, and the Bikini sandwich encompassing iberico, cheese and truffle, a skinny sandwich that amazingly packs so much flavour. The party truly begins when mains are being served. The atmosphere turns lively with music and dancing and clapping, and the throwing of plates, true Spanish style. The suckling pig is utterly moist, juicy and tender, one of the best I’ve had. Finish off with dainty desserts that also arrive in jubilant fashion. I thought the view was spectacular, then with all the delicious goodness, the view was just secondary. What a happy place!

Warm crusty breads and croissants served at the table.

The buffet is inclusive of free flow of juices. How about some bubbly-cava to accompany the meal? Simply add $48++ for free flow of cocktails and wines throughout the entire buffet.

Coffees are also included in the $48 top-up. There’s the latte, and there’s the Spanish Latte. Try the latter!

Salads, appetisers, fish (raw, marinated and pickled), Spanish cured meats, cold cuts, cheeses and stews are beautifully presented at the buffet station in a myriad of colours and textures.

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UNA presents Singapore’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration with Spanish flair, Viva la Vida

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Seafood & Chicken Paella

Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno brings his wealth of culinary experience (from 3-Michelin starred Chez Nico the remarkable Barrafina Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Bar and one of UK’s top restaurants Quo Vidas) to UNA Spanish Restaurant at One Rochester Park, taking the Spanish dining scene in Singapore to greater heights. With Spanish, Italian and French roots (his mum is Spanish, dad’s Italian, and he’s born in the South of France), he complements his expertise in Spanish cuisine and Italian and French influences with his expert precision in utilising the best raw ingredients to bring a whole lot of excitement into his cooking.

Staged in the lush, rustic garden setting, UNA Spanish Restaurant at One Rochester Park is an ideal place for any form of celebration, for instance the fast-approaching New Year’s Eve. Come 31 December 2014, UNA will transform into an iconic Spanish boqueria (traditional market), complete with a stunning array of authentic Spanish cuisine and lots of entertainment. Continue reading

Jamon Carving Session at My Little Spanish Place; Joselito Jamon –serving suggestions

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I recently attended a jamon-carving workshop held at My Little Spanish Place in collaboration with the Joselito brand. Tickets were priced at $150+ per pax (with additional $50+ option for wine pairing with 4 wines), which includes a hands-on session followed by a 4-course dinner showcasing the Vintage 2008 Joselito Jamon by Chef Edward Esmero. Continue reading

Octapas Spanish Tapas Bar launches “Bay of Biscay” Menu

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These days in Singapore, with the increasing popularity of Spanish tapas bars, more and more restaurants – Spanish or not – term anything of petite proportions served on a plate or as a platter as tapas.

Setting aside the innumerable array of tapas interpretations – some rather pretentious, some simply inspiredOctapas Spanish Tapas Bar is where you’ll take a leap closer to Spain without having to hop on a plane.


Tocino Envuelto Gambas; Prawns Wrapped in Crispy Bacon ($16.50)

Consultant chef Javier Lecumberri from San Sebastian, Spain, brings his expertise in modern Spanish fare to the table, at Octapas, revitalising the tapas scene with a new menu, Bay of Biscay.

Some of Chef Javier’s rustic Basque creations are reminiscences of his hometown, on the coast of Biscay, while many are of modern and inventive twists without losing the authenticity.

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MAD –Modern Asian Diner

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The Grandstand, formerly known as Turf City, is now home to numerous dining establishments that are generating lots of hype and traffic to the once inaccessible and secluded area. MAD, short for Modern Asian Diner, is no stranger to food and music enthusiasts.

Named after Dick Lee’s Mad Chinaman nickname, this celebrity-fronted diner is a five-way collaboration between reputable Singaporean success stories, including Tung Lok, Bakerzin, Bar Stories and Top Wines. The presence of Dick Lee prevails in the form of quirky Mad Chinaman pop art that adorn the walls, and the groovy choice of music that are personally curated by the legend himself. Continue reading

District 10 Bar Tapas Restaurant at The Star Vista

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District 10 Bar Tapas Restaurant at The Star Vista is The Bonta Group’s latest addition, featuring an open tapas and pinchos bar concept. Loyal fans of the flagship outlet at UE Square will find familiar favourites in the menu, although the menus are slightly different. One of the more distinct differences between the two outlets would be their comparatively independent brunch menu.

I visited the outlet at The Star Vista twice, once for a Sunday brunch, and another on a weekday evening. The vibes are rather contrasting. I will consolidate both dining experiences into a single post. Continue reading

BOMBA PAELLA BAR

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Iberico Jamon Bellota Reserve 30-36 Months ($30) (Dry-cured ham of acorn-fed Spanish black pig)

The popularity of Spanish cuisine is rising rapidly in the recent year, and having a part to play is our melting pot society’s growing appetite for variety.

Spanish cuisine is often associated with tapas bars and sangrias, like French cuisine is associated with visually stunning presentations and fine dining. Tapas come in countless different forms, depending on the individual chefs’ creativity, or plain simplicity. Bar hopping is common in Spain. It would be an arduous task finding two tapas bars with identical tapas options.

A hip and vibrant Spanish paella bar opened its doors on 12 October 2012 – an especially meaningful date that marks Spain’s National Day – in the Robertson Quay precinct, at Martin No. 38 to be exact. BOMBA is where you should go if you enjoy liveliness and buoyancy, with a mere intention of catching up with the pals grazing on suave tapas and sipping potent libations. If you are in need of sustenance after a hard day at work, fuel your body with the highly raved paella.

You wouldn’t be expecting to see a lot of bar hopping, because the inviting atmosphere keeps possession of the patrons’ presences –and there isn’t a better place for Spanish food, especially paella, in the neighbourhood.
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