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Bodega Y Tapas is a Spanish restaurant located at Orchard Hotel. Craving for Spanish food? Bodega Y Tapas serves authentic Spanish cuisines. Come for an almost authentic Spanish dining experience.

Daily: 12:00 - 01:00

+65 67353476
$53 based on 29 submissions
Dinner (15 votes), Alfresco/Outdoor Dining (11 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (11 votes)
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Good drinks deal, not so great food

Visited the place for restaurant week, and unlike other 3-course menus, Bodega's, being a tapas place, serves only "main courses" without desserts. Word is that desserts are not a strong point of the the chefs at the tapas bar, though the tiramisu did sound tempting. But I digress. The place was not packed when I visited for dinner ($35++ for a 3 course meal) during restaurant week, which had me worried. Good places are always filled to the brim. Rather, there was a crowd of mainly expats there for a few drinks and light snacks. The first course that we were served was a Chilled Gazpacho with Fresh Prawn which I did not enjoy. The prawn was juicy, though tasted bland and the gazpacho reminded me strongly of watermelon juice. Not off to a good start and I almost had to force myself to finish the dish.

I was actually there to celebrate a friend's birthday and was afraid it was going to be a disappointing meal. The menu had exactly 3 courses with just one, fixed option for each course, although one could request for other dishes for an additional fee. Salvation came in the form of the next dish, however, which was the Seared Blue Fin Tuna with Cherry Tomatoes and Mandarin Coulis. 

This dish was brilliant and one of the better seared tuna dishes I've had. The cherry tomatoes went well with the lightly-seared cubes of tuna and I was almost wistfully hoping that they gave us more than that small portion for a "main".

The last dish presented to us was one of their signature dishes of Ciabatta-wrapped Crispy Egg with Spinach and Mushroom Ragu. Though this was better than the gazpacho, I thought it lacked oomph and would have preferred to end the meal with the tuna dish. While the ragu was tasty, the ciabatta wrapped egg was plain and the spinach did nothing to help. Another disappointing dish.

While the dishes were disappointing, what got me excited and ready to go back to Bodega are their drinks. Bodega does happy hour from 12-9pm daily and has 1-for-1 offers for Sangria, House Wines, Draught Beers, Hugo and House Pour Spirits. I loved the Hugo at Bodega and at just $7 a pop during happy hour, it was well worth it! Besides, go down on Margarita Tuesdays to get magaritas at a discount as well.

For more pictures and the full review visit http://voraciousappetite.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/bodega-y-tapas-orchard-hotel/

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• 22 Jul 2014 • 7 reviews • 0 follower

Tapas OK, Bad service and Austrian wines by the glass...

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I must say that I have mixed feelings with this place after 3 visits during the last 3 years.

The tapas are OK and not expensive for Singapore standards, so if you feel like having a few Tapas and a couple of San Miguel beers, this is not a bad place to go.

The areas where they need improvement are the service and the wine by the glass offering.

During my last visit, the service was very poor. Most wines by the glass were Austrian. Only one Spanish wine by the glass (a rosé), which is quite unusual for a Spanish Tapas Bar (maybe the owner is Austrian...).

In terms of Ambiance, it's usually a good place, but last time there was this group at the bar that had drunk more than they should, and one of the ladies was totally drunk, screaming very loud and making scenes with her friends. The staff did not care and kept serving them hard liquor shots...

Finally, as I was seating at the bar, I had the opportunity to see how they wash their glasses, and I must say that after that, I don't think that I will be coming back. They have this sink where they manually wash them and they are not very consistent in their washing process. I always thought that a place like this would have one of those automated dishwashers that sanitize with hot water, etc.


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• 20 Apr 2013 • 25 reviews • 0 follower

Good drinks deal, not so great food

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Visited the place for restaurant week, and unlike other 3-course menus, Bodega's, being a tapas place, serves only "main courses" without desserts. Word is that desserts are not a strong point of the the chefs at the tapas bar, though the tiramisu did sound tempting. But I digress. The place was not packed when I visited for dinner ($35++ for a 3 course meal) during restaurant week, which had me worried. Good places are always filled to the brim. Rather, there was a crowd of mainly expats there for a few drinks and light snacks. The first course that we were served was a Chilled Gazpacho with Fresh Prawn which I did not enjoy. The prawn was juicy, though tasted bland and the gazpacho reminded me strongly of watermelon juice. Not off to a good start and I almost had to force myself to finish the dish.

I was actually there to celebrate a friend's birthday and was afraid it was going to be a disappointing meal. The menu had exactly 3 courses with just one, fixed option for each course, although one could request for other dishes for an additional fee. Salvation came in the form of the next dish, however, which was the Seared Blue Fin Tuna with Cherry Tomatoes and Mandarin Coulis. 

This dish was brilliant and one of the better seared tuna dishes I've had. The cherry tomatoes went well with the lightly-seared cubes of tuna and I was almost wistfully hoping that they gave us more than that small portion for a "main".

The last dish presented to us was one of their signature dishes of Ciabatta-wrapped Crispy Egg with Spinach and Mushroom Ragu. Though this was better than the gazpacho, I thought it lacked oomph and would have preferred to end the meal with the tuna dish. While the ragu was tasty, the ciabatta wrapped egg was plain and the spinach did nothing to help. Another disappointing dish.

While the dishes were disappointing, what got me excited and ready to go back to Bodega are their drinks. Bodega does happy hour from 12-9pm daily and has 1-for-1 offers for Sangria, House Wines, Draught Beers, Hugo and House Pour Spirits. I loved the Hugo at Bodega and at just $7 a pop during happy hour, it was well worth it! Besides, go down on Margarita Tuesdays to get magaritas at a discount as well.

For more pictures and the full review visit http://voraciousappetite.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/bodega-y-tapas-orchard-hotel/

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• 24 Jul 2012 • 6 reviews • 0 follower

Yummy Rebujito

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This place is always buzzing and lively. This is a great place to stop off and cool down with a surprisingly thirst quenching and cooling Rebujito. This is not a drink I've had previously but it is very refreshing (lemonade and dry sherry, a fiesta drink from sounthern spain). Pair this with sizzling prawns in loads of butter and garlic with fresh bread to dunk and we were in heaven. We tried a variety of tapas dishes and enjoyed them all.

They often have a 1 for 1 drinks promotions which makes this place more affordable. If you want a sit down meal then the sister restaurant next door has an extensive wine list and a full menu.

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