We are experiencing a hot dry spell in Singapore. The sun seems brighter than normal and the dry heat is scorching. Almost like summer in Spain. The weather inspired us to search for Mediterranean food in Singapore. These days we have quite a bit of Greek and Spanish restaurant choices and we know of only one Portuguese restaurant. We ended up at the Tapas Club in Orchard Central. We have been there before but their weekday 1 for 1 tapas deal was irresistible. Unfortunately, we were told that this arrangement would end soon (I think they said 16 Mar 2018), so please call ahead if you are thinking of going. There could be other weekday offers in the pipeline.
There are many reasons we like to visit Spain. Spanish food and restaurants rank high on the list. There are attractive places to eat at different levels of budgets. It is not just the food. Nice people and affordable prices (especially for the Spanish wines served in restaurants) all contribute to the dining experience. Here is a list of the best Barcelona restaurants that we tried in 2016 and 2017.
We were in search of a good paella restaurant in Barcelona before we leaving the city on our last trip. Paella is a common dish in many parts of Spain. Looking for the best paella could as easy or as complicated as finding the best chicken rice in Singapore. Can Sole Barcelona was a name that came up in several of the “best paella restaurant” lists including Timeout and has a high rating in TripAdvisor. We decided to try it as it was a place which seems to have character and a long history.
This is a overdue post about the Vinitus Barcelona tapas bar that we visited earlier this year. We had passed by the restaurant several times during different visits to Spain. It is in the Eixample district, located just off Rambla de Catalunya and appears to be always crowded. All the tables, indoor and outdoor were all taken and the people were prepared to stand in long queues. Intrigued by what made Vinitus Barcelona so popular, we finally seized upon a chance to eat there at a time when there was no queue.
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.
We had lunch recently at Spanish restaurant Pura Brasa Singapore in Tanjong Pagar Centre. It is the local branch of Pura Brasa, a restaurant which has several outlets in Spain. According to their international website, it “is a new high quality restaurant concept, which combines the characteristics of traditional healthy cooking, i.e charcoal-grilling using JOSPER® technology, with a novel formula of understanding the act of eating, or simply enjoying some tapas ….“