Binomio Spanish Restaurant has a plain looking exterior. Being a restaurant on the ground floor of the drab Craig Road multi-storey carpark is not the most glamorous location. But Binomio won us over in the course of a lunch.
“Binomio” in Spanish refers to a “pair”. I suppose the equivalent English word is binomial. Binomio Spanish Restaurante is said to be the pairing up of two parts: a casual tapas bar and a fine-dining area. The tapas bar is located at the entrance (picture below). There are tables that look out directly onto Craig Road. It is a good place to watch the world go by.
Wandering deeper into the restaurant, the atmosphere gets more serious and formal. In fact the place is much larger and more posh than it looks from the outside. The deep windowless space looks like a cellar. The crisp white tablecloths scored a few points with us immediately.
Binomio Spanish Restaurant Menu
There is a Binomio lunch menu from which diners can pick their own starters, mains and desserts which are priced at $13, $19 and $7 respectively. Some items require the payment of a surcharge. There is also a tapas tasting option whereby diners can select any five from the tapas list for $139. This would make sense if there are three or four people, but not for us (two small eaters). We decided on a hybrid, selecting items from the lunch menu and a couple of items from the a la carte menu.
The wine list at Binomio is extensive, with Spanish wines taking pride of place. With wines by the glass starting from around $14 and bottles from $60, the prices seem reasonable.
We experimented with a couple of sherries (picture above) and red wine. They were not very complex but pleasant enough for the meal.
We selected the padron peppers ($14, picture above) and baby calamari ($26, picture below). They were both very enjoyable dishes. The fried calamari was served with chopped up chorizo and asparagus
and a soft egg. The combined taste of all these elements was memorable. It is a dish we will certainly order again.
For main courses, we selected the veal cheeks from the lunch menu ($19, picture above) and Grilled Iberian Pork chops from the tapas menu ($32, picture below). Both were nice meat dishes, but the taste was predictable and safe. The small dishes were more exciting.
Our sole dessert was chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream from the lunch menu ($7). It was a simple and small dessert which was all we needed to end our very satisfying lunch at Binomio Spanish Restaurant at Craig Road.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
20 Craig Road #01-02,
Mon-Fri: 12-2pm, 5:30-10pm
Sun: 12-3pm, 5:30-10pm
Nearby MRT Station: Tanjong Pagar
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