The new Gaig Restaurant Singapore on Stanley Street is an outpost of the Michelin Star Spanish restaurant of the same name in Barcelona. According to the Gaig Restaurant Barcelona website, Chef Carles Gaig was destined to be a chef from birth. He has been engaged in the restaurant business since the 1970s and has since won many accolades including the much coveted Michelin Star.
Gaig Restaurant Singapore is located in a shophouse on Stanley Street, which is the narrow street that is parallel to and in between Telok Ayer Street and Cecil Street. The nearest MRT Station is Telok Ayer although the more connected Tanjong Pagar Station is also accessible a short 10 minute walk away. The exterior of the restaurant nicely preserves the traditional look of the shophouses in this area. But the interior has been transformed into a bright contemporary dining space.
Gaig Restaurant Singapore Menu
The Gaig Restaurant Singapore Menu contains the familiar favourites of Spanish cuisine like Paella, Jamon Iberico and classic Catalan dishes. Here are pictures of the Gaig Restaurant Singapore set lunch menu as well as pages from the ala carte menu.
We had two 3 Tapas + Main Lunch sets ($38 each) and a separate mains order. For the set lunch we had a choice of three tapas, out of five available, for each set. These were the tapas we tried – fresh salad with tuna belly, patatas bravas, roasted chicken croquettes and Iberian ham.
The salad was quite average. The few pieces of tuna belly played hide and seek with us in the pile of fresh vegetables. The rest of the tapas were all better choices. The jamon attracted a surcharge of $5 but was very good. The chicken croquettes also received high marks.
For main courses of the set lunch we chose the meat balls with cuttlefish and the mackerel. Both were enjoyable. Those with big appetites may find the portions quite small.
The separate main course that we ordered from the ala carte menu was presa Iberica with pineapple ($24.50). It seems from my internet research that presa Iberica is a cut of pork from the shoulder region that is very flavourful and tender. It was a very good piece of pork. The charred sides reminded us somewhat of char siew but the texture was very smooth and tender. A very delicious dish.
Gaig Restaurant Singapore was an oasis of calm in the bustling Telok Ayer area during lunchtime. Service was polite and friendly. It is a place we want to return to try their other dishes.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Gaig Restaurant Singapore
16 Stanley Street
Mon-Sat: 12-2pm, 6-9.30pm
Nearby MRT Stations: Telok Ayer