Tapas 24 Singapore the first Asian outpost of Barcelona restaurant Tapas, 24 helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Carles Abellán. The new all-day tapas bar at Robertson Quay was our first dine-in restaurant (since the reopening of Phase 3) and we also confronted two things about ourselves.
Tapas,24 Barcelona is a tapas restaurant in the upmarket district of Eixample. It is close to Passeig de Gràcia, a busy thoroughfare with lots of shopping. Some of the best Barcelona restaurants we had visited are in this area. And so we were happy to hear the news that Tapas 24 was opening a new outlet in Singapore. Their Singapore counterpart are the folks that run the L’Angelus French restaurant at Club Street in Singapore.
Robertson Quay is a busy place by the Singapore River that has a wide range of f & b outlets. Tapas 24 Singapore is located in the Quayside building. It takes over the place previously occupied by the Summerlong restaurant. We had always thought we had decent driving / parking skills. But all our driving deficiencies were exposed by the challenging layout of the basement carpark of the building. Negotiating the sharp bends in the carpark in our small car was a nightmare. We would park elsewhere for any future visit.
Some may consider spinelessness a virtue in some organisations. But our inability to maintain a good posture without back support was exposed in our visit to the Tapas 24 Singapore restaurant. We were initially happy to get a nice table indoors. But all the indoor seats were stools and things got really uncomfortable after a while. The only chairs with backrests were those at the bar area (which was closed) and those outdoors. We would probably opt for the outdoor seats on a future visit.
Tapas 24 Singapore Restaurant Menu
Here are pictures of the Tapas 24 Singapore menu and a sample portion of the wine list. Most of the food items on the list were small tapas dishes. Which is a good thing as these tend to be the most interesting items in Barcelona restaurants. We ordered a varied selection of tapas.
This is a snapshot of our brunch. With the coffee, bread and eggs on display, it was more breakfast than lunch.
Our Brunch at Tapas 24 Singapore
Pan con Tomate ($8) is a simple dish of toasted Catalonian coca bread flavoured with fresh tomato, olive oil and salt. The rough crusted surface of this type of bread enables tomato to be rubbed and spread on the surface. A nice dish to start the meal with the large cup of cappuccino ($6) which we thought was very good.
Our next two items were deep-fried padron peppers (above picture) and Spanish tortilla (picture below, $12 each). Padron peppers are a nice snack. Like French fries they can be addictive, eating them one after another is effortless. The tortilla was the best dish of the day and one which we will order at future visits. It was well-prepared with the core of the Spanish omelette still moist. The balance of taste with the egg and onions, potatoes and chorizo was also well maintained.
Our last item of brunch at Tapas 24 Singapore was from the “Chef’s Selection” part of the menu. We had mixed feelings about the Josper roasted eggplant with cured sausage ($12). The eggplant itself was very good – cooked till it was soft and creamy. But we found the flavouring (the saltiness and the strong cheese) a tad strong for us.
We found Tapas 24 Singapore to be a pleasant new Spanish restaurant at Robertson Quay. You can easily locate it at the end of the colourful bridge across the Singapore River. If only the seats were more comfortable, we would have liked it even more.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Tapas 24 Singapore
60 Robertson Quay, #01-04 The Quayside
Tel: (+65) 6513 6810
Whatsapp: (+65) 9821 8471
Tues – Sat: 12 noon – 11pm
Sun: 11am – 11pm
Closed on Mondays
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