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Spanish Suckling Pig

Was there for its suckling pig. The suckling pig itself was good and feeds 8 pax but its price is pretty steep. It has one of the highest priced Spanish suckling pig thus far, when compared across two other Spanish restaurants in Singapore. Would say that its suckling pig was thoroughly enjoyable albeit expensive. Wished we had ordered wine to go along with the crispy crackling and tender meat.

The suckling pig experience was complete with the whole piglet presented on a wooden platter, cutting its meat using only a plate (by the restaurant) and the plate smashing (by patron) for good luck.

Tap water is chargeable at $2++ per glass and refillable. Otherwise, sparkling or still is available. Perhaps, this would be similar to Europe where wine is cheaper than water? Probably not yet. Cocktails and a pint of beer ranged from $16++ onwards. Wine per bottle ranges from $65++ onwards.

Paella Valenciana and Seafood Paella had similar ingredients and tasted pretty much the same, so you may want to order something that's totally different. Paella has two serving sizes either for 2 pax or 4 pax.

One suckling pig, two paellas, 3 tapas was more than sufficient to feed 10 pax.

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• 30 Aug 2015 • 257 reviews • 11 followers

Spanish Suckling Pig

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Was there for its suckling pig. The suckling pig itself was good and feeds 8 pax but its price is pretty steep. It has one of the highest priced Spanish suckling pig thus far, when compared across two other Spanish restaurants in Singapore. Would say that its suckling pig was thoroughly enjoyable albeit expensive. Wished we had ordered wine to go along with the crispy crackling and tender meat.

The suckling pig experience was complete with the whole piglet presented on a wooden platter, cutting its meat using only a plate (by the restaurant) and the plate smashing (by patron) for good luck.

Tap water is chargeable at $2++ per glass and refillable. Otherwise, sparkling or still is available. Perhaps, this would be similar to Europe where wine is cheaper than water? Probably not yet. Cocktails and a pint of beer ranged from $16++ onwards. Wine per bottle ranges from $65++ onwards.

Paella Valenciana and Seafood Paella had similar ingredients and tasted pretty much the same, so you may want to order something that's totally different. Paella has two serving sizes either for 2 pax or 4 pax.

One suckling pig, two paellas, 3 tapas was more than sufficient to feed 10 pax.

For more pictures, click on this link.
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• 27 Aug 2015 • 85 reviews • 0 follower

Only for the suckling pig

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Stepping into Serenity with a dimly lighted ambiance and spacious seating arrangements exuding posh yet promoting casual and intimate dinning experience. Pulpo Gallega ($19.80). Grilled octopus marinated with paprika spices, garlic, flake salt and extra virgin oil. There’s some hits and misses to this tapas dish. The octopus slices were grilled to perfection with meat so juicy and tender yet having the right chewiness on your teeth. But they could really hold back on their serving of salt, as the dish falls on to the saltier side with apparent presence of cluttered salt unevenly marinated onto the octopus. Seafood Paella (Serves 2, $58). I would find their paella disappointing with the fact that it comes from a spanish restaurant. The paella rice was overly soggy to begin with and there’s no distinct seafood flavor in the rice. The flavors of the ingredients were not infused and absorbed into the rice. Despite ordering two different kind of paellas, their taste and outlook were that similar that we could not really differentiate them apart except for the fact that Paella Valencia, is a little saltier in taste due to the incorporation of chorizo. Nonetheless, there was generosity in the amount of ingredients used and the seafood were fresh and not overcooked. Suckling Pig (Serves 6-8, $338). Cute little piglet at an exorbitant price yet able to leave our stomach and taste buds feeling all satisfied and worthwhile. This piglet is marinated with sherry wine, white wine, vinegar and herbs and slowly roasted for more than 6 hours. Be aware that prior reservation is needed for the suckling pig! You’re not able to order on the day itself when you dine. The piping hot suckling pig is brought to the table on an enormous wooden platter with coupled of potatoes, and the piglet is portioned into smaller pieces with the use of a small plate to show how crispy the skin was roasted till and how tender the meat is. As the plate slices through the crispy skin and meat, you get to witness the tender and juicy pork before even savoring it. Traditionally, Spanish will throw the plate used to cut the pig on the floor or into a wooden box believing it will throw all the bad luck away. Don’t you feel like salivating and drooling just by looking at it now? The suckling pig comes with 3 sauces – Brown sauce, jam with cinnamon and au jus (juice drippings from the roasting process). If you like it savory, pair it with your brown sauce; if you like it sweet, pair it with the jam sauce; and if you like to taste it’s natural flavors, have it with the au jus! The taste is still lingering in my mind up till today! Churros ($10.80). Their home-made churros were quite decent and good, not too sweet nor too starchy. Perfect taste and mouthfeel after a dip into the chocolate sauce. A delectable dining experience with the delish golden crispy suckling pig.
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• 20 Jun 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Mediocre at Best

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We had previously visited this restaurant, but the first time the service was just so bad that we decided to leave. The waiter had an attitude for god knows what reason which put everyone off so we just got up to go. Mind you this was a year ago, we just left without having any food.

Visited this place again yesterday with my family for an early Father's Day, but this time we were pretty early so I guess most of the staff didn't have their hands tied. We ordered a Seafood Paella ($106) for four, a squid ink pasta ($60+), a few sides at $20 each and some drinks. The only saving dish was the 'Calamari', which just tasted like the squid version of KFC. That one was swept off the table pretty fast because we were hungry so no problems there. The Iberico Ham we ordered was terrible value, to say the least. $20 dollars for 25g of ham and two slices of bread? Well it was just our own fault I guess, that we didn't read the menu properly. The Octopus ($20) was also nothing to rave about.

Out comes the Paella after 30 minutes, honestly it was just alright. The majority of rice in the paella was a little on the mushy side but the sides were crispy enough. The seafood however was done a little too dry which I was not sure of the reason.

The squid ink pasta was the one that was majorly disappointing. We expected pasta but it was some kind of vermincelli? Terrible. We barely touched it.

All in all, service wasn't fantastic, the food was majorly disappointing, and the only saving grace was that they had a live band playing Spanish music which contributed to a relaxing atmosphere. If the restaurant needed any cue of this, our food that were all barely touched and for $280, definitely not "The Best Spanish Restaurant in Singapore." Please. We had to go somewhere else to fill our stomachs.


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