Spanish restaurant Serenity Vivo City

Spanish restaurant Serenity Vivo City is one of the larger restaurants at this south Singapore shopping mall facing Sentosa Island. We were handed a $20 Serenity voucher as we passed by. “No minimum spending and no strings attached” was the nice lady’s reply when she saw our sceptical look. Technically, we could order $20 worth of food and eat for free. We could not resist such magnanimity and headed for an unscheduled Spanish food stopover.

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Pim Pam FOC at Claymore Connect, Orchard Road

The new Spanish restaurant Pim Pam by FOC opened at Claymore Connect, the shopping arcade adjoining the Orchard Hotel. It is situated at street level, facing the junction of Orchard Road with Orange Grove Road. Having experienced success in Singapore at their first outlet at Hong Kong Street, FOC restaurant (see our review here), had added an outlet at Sentosa. They now bring their tapas and other Spanish culinary creations to Orchard Road in the form of Pim Pam FOC.  We had lunch there recently.

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My Little Spanish Place at Boat Quay

My Little Spanish Place at Boat Quay

My Little Spanish Place at Boat Quay

Located on the banks of Singapore River, My Little Spanish Place at Boat Quay is a nice spot for drinks, tapas or a good Spanish home-style meal. The small cosy restaurant offers an array of dishes from various parts of Spain. It also has an impressive selection of Sangrias and wines from the many regions of Spain.

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Esquina tapas bar on Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore

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Why would anyone spend good money at a Spanish restaurant only to sit on stools by the roadside bushes and dine on a makeshift table with illumination mainly from the nearby street lamp?  Well if the restaurant is the Esquina Tapas Bar in the Keong Saik neighbourhood of Chinatown Singapore, then it seems many people are quite happy to do so.  Ourselves included.  Esquina Tapas Bar has been in business for five years and its hip factor does not seem to be diminishing.  The price to pay for not making a timely reservation to dine here is either a “sorry we are full”  situation or, if you are lucky,  a road-side table.  We considered ourselves lucky to get one such table when we turned up without a reservation. Some others after us had to think of plan B.
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Casa Lola Barcelona Tapas Restaurant and some other eating stories from Spain

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We eventually got better at the art of tapas bar hopping in Spain. The key is to restrain oneself from ordering more than two tapas at any one place to leave room for anything that might turn up later. There were hits and misses in doing so. While several tapas bars were simply tourist traps serving bland, cold items, the general standard was quite high. The one that really stood out was the Casa Lola Barcelona Tapas Bar & Restaurant along Rambla Catalunya.   A cheerful bar with friendly waiters who wear polka-dotted uniforms.

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Casa Calvet Restaurant, Barcelona – lunch in a Gaudi building

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The Casa Calvet restaurant is housed in the Casa Calvet building in Barcelona. Built in 1899, it is one of Antoni Gaudí’s earliest buildings. It does not look as quirky as some of his later ones, although there are traces of his whimsical touches. Given that an entry fee is payable just to get in to see his other buildings (e.g. entry to La Pedrera costs 20 euro per person), the 38 euro lunch at Casa Calvet, a Michelin Guide restaurant in a Gaudi house was probably the best value for money activity that we did during our visit to Barcelona recently.  We have a couple of pictures of La Pedrera for you at the end of this post.

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