24 Jul 2011 • 4 reviews • 0 follower
Our experiences of tapas bars in Singapore have gone something like this:
Q: "Excuse me, this Chorizo doesn't taste like Chorizo?"
A:"Er ... no sorry, it's Singapore sausage"
So I guess we shouldn't have been surprised/disappointed by Que Pasa.
It looks and sounds pretty much like your typical theme restaurant - plastic onions hanging over the bar, spanish pop in the background.
The wine list is fairly varied and reasonable value.
The menu however was just wierd. No patatas bravas, no croquettas, no pollo al ajillio .... the menu was a strange mix of fried offerings, none of the familiar tapas dishes you look forward to.
I found something which looked a bit like tortillia (spanish potato omelette) and also ordered prawns with chilli and garlic, antipasto (in a spanish tapas bar? I know...) and some mixed olives. We also asked for bread as it was not complimentary.
Our wine arrived first, then the olives and some thinly sliced baquette. We were immediately presented with the bill and asked how we were going to pay ...
We handed over a credit card and signed the bill slip then waited for our food.
After about 30mins the tortillia and prawns arrived. Within the first mouthful of each we realised that both dishes tasted of .... nothing. Everything was cooked in vegetable oil. The prawns were swimming in it ...gross - you can't dip bread in corn oil! The antipasto was a tiny bowl of cold peppers, aubergine and courgette ... ok.
We ordered another glass of wine, again the waitress asked us to sign a slip. At this point we refused ... they had our card behind the bar if we did a runner. It kind of ruined the mood to have someone chase you down to pay after every drink. We mentioned this to the waitress who apologised. Apparently it was the manager's policy. I guess this is the same manager who thinks you can run a tapas bar without olive oil...
After leaving, we had a few drinks in one of the bars outside ... our bar tab was almost the same as our restaurant bill in Que Pasa and we were allowed to pay once on leaving.
Que Pasa has a great location, young and friendly staff ... but dumb management.