Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 00:00
Sat: 17:00 - 00:00
Sun: 11:30 - 00:00
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.
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!
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As I entered Sabio, I asked the manager about vegetarian food and he said there were many options. Given the long menu, I expected more vegetarian dishes, but I guess having 7-8 options is still not all that bad.
How much: Between SGD 10 - 15 per plate.
My pick: We had Pan con tomate (Toasted bread with tomato), Verduras a la parrilla con aceite de oliva (Mixed grilled vegetables with extra virgin olive oil) and Red Sangria.
Taste: Hmm, the food was forgettable. I expected Pan con tomate to be like bruschetta but it was just toasted bread with bland tomato sauce on it. The grilled vegetables tasted ordinary too.
You can read more here at my blog: https://www.facebook.com/vegetablog/posts/1693355547564996
We dropped by for a quick dessert after lunch and had the Crema Catalana and Pastel de Mantequilla Salada y Caramelo de Lava. The desserts were absolutely disappointing and tasted like they were reheated in a microwave and served to us. Rock hard & dry pastry for the second dessert. Even the waitress had a tough time cutting it (for show). The Crema Catalana looked like it was picked up from the frozen section of a supermarket - warm on the outside and cold on the inside, another microwaved item? It may not be a dessert place but to serve at such subpar standards left us feeling really unhappy. We will never return. Waste of money.
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