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Sabio Tapas Bar & Restaurant

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Situated at Duxton Hill, Sabio Tapas Bar & Restaurant has the feel of a contemporary taberna with a traditional 14 metre long bar juxtaposed with a stunning 5 metre ‘Anis Del Mono’ tiled mural backdrop. It serves lip smacking Spanish food that is a delight to everyone.

Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 00:00

Sat: 17:00 - 00:00

Sun: 11:30 - 00:00

+65 66907562
$70 based on 67 submissions
Dinner (16 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (16 votes), After Work (14 votes)
foodolicious

Recommended for the brunch

We had a good brunch here but a pretty long one for about 2.5h despite some of the misses. We were lucky enough to be sitting in front of the air condition as the restaurant wasn’t chilled enough. Service was pretty OK though it didn’t start off well until we told them that we haven’t gotten any of our food after they have been ordered for quite a while. I believe that this restaurant is really short staffed and that explains the slightly forgetful service. So, we learnt a trick – that is to remind them about our food if we don’t see them in about 15min and they would be promptly served. Then again, if you are really patient and would like to have some pretty good tapas at a very reasonable price, then brunch at Sabio duxton would be your choice! 

For a more detailed review, please visit:
http://foodolicious.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/sabio-tapas-bar-restaurant/

The HGW community like this place for...

  • Red Sangria6 votes
  • Vieras Cava3 votes
  • pretty much everything3 votes
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20 Jul 2014 • 136 reviews • 0 follower

Recommended for the brunch

We had a good brunch here but a pretty long one for about 2.5h despite some of the misses. We were lucky enough to be sitting in front of the air condition as the restaurant wasn’t chilled enough. Service was pretty OK though it didn’t start off well until we told them that we haven’t gotten any of our food after they have been ordered for quite a while. I believe that this restaurant is really short staffed and that explains the slightly forgetful service. So, we learnt a trick – that is to remind them about our food if we don’t see them in about 15min and they would be promptly served. Then again, if you are really patient and would like to have some pretty good tapas at a very reasonable price, then brunch at Sabio duxton would be your choice! 

For a more detailed review, please visit:
http://foodolicious.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/sabio-tapas-bar-restaurant/
11 May 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Never AGAIN!

Went for drinks, ordered a sangria - was really disapointed that their Sangria didn't come with any fruit (isn't that the definition of Sangria?).  A group came in after us and ordered a jug of Sangria - which included fruit.  When asked why ours didnt have fruit the guy behind the bar said that he "ran out" but could provide us with fruit now.  Felt it was a bit too late considering they had decided to serve us the drink without all components of the drink or letting us know they had "ran out of fruit" but 5 minutes later had managed to miraculously come up with fruit for the other table in the restaurant.

Not a particularly sincere apology or any action provided by the guy behind the bar after this.  Will not be back.  Terrible experience
30 Mar 2014 • 179 reviews • 1 follower

Nice Spanish Tapas

For full review and pics, visit therantingpanda.com The Vieiras en salsa de cava ($14) is such an endearing dish! The sea scallops are very fresh and huge, which is perfect when cooked in the sparkling white wine sauce. We finished every bit of the sauce. The La Medula ($19) is one of my favourite dishes of the night, just by looking at the presentation of the dish. This grilled bone marrow comes with toasted baguette with butter, which we will recommend to have it together. The bone marrow is very well done, fatty, chewy and soft. It feels so sinful yet so satisfying. I guess once in a while indulgence like this is perfectly fine.
11 Feb 2014 • 579 reviews • 21 followers

Pedestrian and a little bit overpriced unless you've got the palate card

See the full review at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/02/sabio-tapas-bar-restaurant-duxton-hill.html

Even on a Thursday night, the small place was operating at a 80%-90% capacity. I suppose its popularity is why Sabio has a no reservations policy. I didn't quite get the hype though, the pedestrian food is overpriced, and I went away feeling like a foreigner in the expat-populated restaurant. My less-than-stellar dining experience was exacerbated by the very uncomfortable bar counter stools that we were perched on the entire night. (We had to keep re-crossing our legs because they kept cramping up.) We'd wanted seats at the "normal" tables but were told by the waiter that these tables were meant for "groups only" as they each take up to 6 diners. So you can imagine that I was quite displeased when I saw a Caucasian couple being seated at one of those "meant for 6 persons only" tables later that night when there were counter seats at the bar available. Inconsistent seating policy aside, the service was surprisingly speedy (our food arrived barely 10 minutes after orders were placed), and our Amex palate card privileges afforded us a hefty 50% discount off the bill, which totally made the unremarkable dinner a lot more palatable. 

 We had:

1) Gambas al pil pil ($15) - prawns cooked in virgin olive oil and garlic served in a sizzling pan - I liked the creamy, bisque-like sauce, perked up with grilled red peppers, but my friend found it too cloying

2) Champinones al ajillo ($11) - mushrooms sauteed in olive oil and garlic - very good, but you can't really go wrong with garlic mushrooms

3) Pincho moruno de pollo al ajillo y queso ($14) - a trio of chicken skewers blanketed in melted manchego cheese and loaded with roasted garlic bulbs - tender and moist, a big plus was the larger-than-usual portion size, making this one of the more value-for-money dishes

4) Chuleta de Cordero, a la parilla ($20) - a duo of grilled lamb cutlets - well-marinated but gamey

5) Chachouka Con Chorizo, dos Huevos Fritos, Tostada de Brioche y Ensalada Verde ($24): Sabio's Spanish take on Turkish shashouka, with chorizo sausages, 2 fried eggs, toasted brioche and salad greens. Not too bad, but rates well below Wild Honey's Tunisian. The predominantly capsicum-ed gravy was lacking that rich, saucey, sweetly oniony, spiced tomato gravy base that makes chachouka/shashouka such an awesomely comforting breakfast dish.
30 Oct 2013 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Awful service, not cheap

Went on a Monday night and the 3 wait staff were completely overwhelmed by the 60% full restaurant.

Service was slow, my first dish was wrong, 2 things we ordered never came, the overly sweet cocktails came during dish #2 of 3... Painful. The bill at the end just rubbed salt in the wound.

Would have been better if:
a) wait staff were nicer about it (I mean, us customers do try to understand)
b) food was really, really good
c) I wasn't blamed for my order being taken wrongly
d) other tables weren't also complaining that they hadn't been served for hours
But sadly, none of this happened. And the nice decor/ambience of Sabio could not mitigate everything that was bad about it.

Thankfully, we proceeded around the corner to Binomio and had a fantastic time.