The Hungry Bunny •
11 Feb 2014 • 579 reviews • 20 followers
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.
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.