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Esquina

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A former protégé of Gordon Ramsay and Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton collaborates with local hotelier Loh Lik Peng to launch Esquina. This intimate dining space is inspired by Atherton's passion for Spanish culture, and boasts a menu of delicately created Spanish platters.

Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 14:30

Mon - Fri: 18:00 - 22:30

Sat: 18:00 - 23:00

Closed: Sun

+65 62221616
$91 based on 75 submissions
After Work (17 votes), Dinner (15 votes), Chillout (9 votes)
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Exquisite food!

I had lunch here with 2 colleagues, the food is exceptionally good and for S$35 per person the set-lunch is great value. The counter service with full view of the kitchen is very special and the service spot on.

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23 Sep 2014 • 45 reviews • 0 follower

Exquisite food!

I had lunch here with 2 colleagues, the food is exceptionally good and for S$35 per person the set-lunch is great value. The counter service with full view of the kitchen is very special and the service spot on.
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19 Sep 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Good vibe but lacking substance

Went to Esquina tonight
Started off well with some snacks but ended badly
Four people ordered a range of plates
The raw beef came out first 
25 dollars for two tablespoons of food that did not meet the menu description
Other dishes took an hour to appear
Service dropped off as the place filled up
All in all over priced and under delivering 

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12 Sep 2014 • 226 reviews • 5 followers

Lunch sets make the menu more accessible (and affordable)

The set lunches at #esquinasg definitely make exec chef Andrew Walsh's sophisticated menu more accessible (two course for $35, three course for $45). Clever dishes from their a la carte menu are featured here as well, do opt for the ample crisp baby squid with chilli corriander and blank ink aioli (U.P $18), the sea bass with chorizo and red pepper paella (a personal favourite) (U.P $33) and for dessert the savoury-sweet basil sorbet with berries, sweet tomato, yuzu yogurt and black pepper meringue (U.P. $15). The portions are good and flavours, spot on.
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08 Sep 2014 • 51 reviews • 1 follower

Plates of Excitement

It was well known that Esquina did not take reservations, thus despite hearing about it, this restaurant went under my radar since I do not have the patience and time to queue for dining in a restaurant. However, I headed down there when found out that reservations can be made for lunch.   The set lunch was priced quite affordably at $40 for three courses meal, where the appetizer of squid (unbelievably easy to chew texture which absorbs the essence of the sauce) with paella impressed me a lot due to the multitude of exciting, zesty flavours incorporated in it. The same goes for the fresh snapper where the aroma of the sauce added, (with obvious Spanish influence) sent olfactory signals to the brain to say, "This smells awesome!" The sea urchin and crab creation is a must order; it is simply so sublime due to the harmonious, yet feisty marriage of strong taste of sea urchin with huge fresh, succulent chucks of crab meat (surprisingly, the taste of crab meat is still very pronounced). This is the dish that will make one go, "Ooooh."   The oysters are very fresh which go very well with the dressing, that has subtle hints of spiciness, thus being very simulating in taste. Though I have to say that I prefer Osia's version. I love the scallops drizzled in the yuzu ponzu sauce since the sauce did justice to the delicate flavour of the scallops; complementing and enhancing the overall taste, instead of masking over the taste of umi from the scallops. The scallops themselves are fresh, juicy and firm. The vegetables that come with the scallops do better as garnishes only though; they are too bitter for my liking. Thus I think that it is better to eat the scallops and vegetables separately to avoid letting the bitter taste mars  the delightful taste of the scallops. The desserts are decent, though not exceptional.   Service here is pretty good. One of the male staff is very attentive; I was wandering outside at the side of the road and trying to figure where the entrance is (yes, the layout looks quite confusing) when he came out to greet me. When inside the place, I answered my phone and looked out of the window to look for my guy, that staff immediately knew what was going on, and took the initiative to go out to direct my guy into the restaurant. Big kudos to that staff.    Ambience is well, special. The seats (look like medieval devices) are not exactly comfortable, especially for those of heavy weight. There is no space or backing on the chair to put one's bag, so either take along a small bag or a purse, or use the portable bag hanger.   Definitely love to go back.

For photos, visit my blog at http://morsels-of-delice.blogspot.sg/2014/09/esquina-plates-of-excitement.html
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