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Salt Tapas & Bar

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Address: #01-22A, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, 179103

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Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan's second culinary venture in Singapore is a take on traditional Spanish tapas with an Australian touch. The highlights at Salt Tapas are Mangan’s rustic plates enlivened by Middle Eastern spices and influences.

Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 22:00

Sat: 11:30 - 22:30

Sun & PH: 11:30 - 21:30

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The great sangria challenge!

For pictures and more reviews, visit my blog at ms-skinnyfat.blogspot.com

We headed down to Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan's Salt Tapas & Bar at Raffles City Shopping Centre for our catch up session. Luke is also behind the Salt Grill at Ion Orchard (which has an awesome view) but Salt tapas definitely has a more relaxed atmosphere. The mix of warm lights, raw brick walls, Spanish tiles and wooden table tops radiates a laid-back ambience. We decided to sit at the alfresco section where we had a barrel for a tabletop and high stools for our bums. That gave us a good view of the Raffles hotel minus all that Cityhall crowd.

The food is an Australian style tapas with Middle Eastern and North African influence. There are only a few dishes reminded us of Spanish tapas e.g. Chorizo and Iberico ham. That was pretty fine with us since our main course was in fact the sangria and the food was just to prep our tummies for the drinking ahead. :)

For starters, we had the Oyster in chickpea cumin batter and tzatziki ($5 each). I must say that the oysters are really puny. I could hardly taste much of it but the chickpea tempura batter was light and buttery. The tzatziki at the end was refreshing even though the taste was a little bland. We kinda like this but wished it the oysters were bigger.

We also had the truffle fries which were a miss ($10). Could hardly taste the truffle oil and the fries were soggy after a while. I must say PS cafe still has one of the better shoestring truffle fries. The Coastal Settlement also has yummy truffle fries.

Tapas- Soft shell prawns with chilli and garlic aioli ($15). Crispy fried shrimps tossed with a salt and spice mix, Chinese Canto style. Perfect savory snack to go with beer or in our case, sangria. I'm usually uncomfortable about eating the entire prawn with head and all but these were crispy enough to eat and the meat were still juicy. The aioli dip is a tad heavy and kinda masks the taste of the prawns but it's nice if you just add a dash.

We love the chewy, sinewy texture of the BBQ spiced beef tongue with fried cauliflower, pistachio tabbouleh and harissa yogurt ($14). Tongue can be kinda iffy but trust me you will fall in love after eating it. The chewy texture is kinda like pig's liver (another iffy thingy) but liver is a little more powdery. This is chunky, moist and somewhat tender. This dish is definitely Moroccan inspired. Love the mix of pistachio tabbouleh with the yogurt but the sourish cream kinda overpowers the meat. The pistachio tabbouleh reminded me of my favorite Walnut cake at Pasha (read about it here). Nevertheless, it's definitely a healthier substitute for mayonnaise. Really interesting dish.

The highlight of the night was obviously the Sangria! How can you do Ladies' night without drinks right? The economists in us decided to go for the Punch Bowl ($70) because 2 glasses per pax ($17/glass) would already cover the cost of the Bowl. That was despite knowing that we could never ever finish it. 4 freaking litres of Sangria! I had 5 glasses and Z another 4 and it was still half full/half empty.

Read on about my full experience at Salt Tapas here!

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• 14 Jul 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Good food, average service and lame drinks

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The food is very good, we definitely appreciated the food. However the service and the cocktail are very disappointing.
 The bar has the nice and modern Spanish vibe, however the service from the staff is similar to what you get from the Asian eateries downstairs.
 The first round cocktail coming from the bar made us wonder- Did we order a 'Long Island Iced tea' or we order a 'Lemon Iced tea'? I order a margarita and it was tasteless, and it’s full of ice cubes in the cup. I have never had a margarita like this.
 After we talked to the manager, she asked the bar to make the drinks for us again. This time, it tasted so much better.
 We decided to order one more each since we are having a good time and enjoying the drinks. Well, the Long island iced tea turned back to Lemon Iced tea this round! My margarita still tasted ok though, but different.
 It is just too much effort and hard work if every time we need a decent drink, we need to get the manager involved.
 So we decided to leave..
 When we asked for the bill and presented our privilege card, the staff went away and came back 10 minutes later - 'sorry this card has expired in 2014'.. I was confused, so I asked 'Are you sure? We only got this card in 2015 though’? Then the staff said: ' don't yell at me, you can talk to my manager'.. What a great problem solver... and just for the record, I wasn't yelling at him.. :-) The manager later came over and explained the mistake was due to their systems not synced, so they couldn’t see this card in the system.. I still wonder how the ‘your card expired in 2014’ excuse came up when the staff couldn’t even see the card in the system?
 I don't think I will go back to this place.. Although I did enjoy the food and the atmosphere.. But I don’t enjoy it when service is bad and drinks are watered down...
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• 04 Jun 2015 • 53 reviews • 0 follower

Restaurant Week :)

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(Read the full review with photos here: http://mediumrareandothers.blogspot.com/2015/03/salt-tapas-bar-raffles-city-shopping.html)

Decided to give this place ago on Restaurant Week, though we would have very much wanted to visit the more upscale sibling, Salt Grill & Sky Bar. Nonetheless, the experience here is quite good to our expectations, considering the fact that we reserved quite last minute on a weekend, and this place is always quite packed whenever we drove past it.   The servers were quite friendly and thoughtful, and even asked about our meal after we have ended. Water was refilled with a glass bottle placed by our table, so you do not have to keep asking for water like a thirsty elephant.   For Singapore Restaurant Week, the menu, at $35++/pax looks like this:

Entrée Sashimi, ginger & shallot, Persian feta or Beets, ricotta, pickled green chilli, honey thyme dressing ~ Main BBQ pork ribs, mash, pickle or Grilled Barramundi & squid, mango salsa, grilled lime or Crab bisque linguine ~ Dessert Chocolate delice, fresh berries   How they look like:

(Read the full review with photos here: http://mediumrareandothers.blogspot.com/2015/03/salt-tapas-bar-raffles-city-shopping.html)
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  • Grilled Barramundi & squid, mango salsa, grilled lime
• 18 Jan 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

3rd visit

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Food was still as delicious but service staff was too busy. Not much improvement since my last visit. Had to wave quite a few times before getting the service staff's attention. However, it still has a good liquor selection and nice ambience.
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