I have been eating at Vida Vino since it opened and always enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. It was a great place to relax and drink a bottle of wine from their uniquely selected wine menu. I popped into Vida Vino this week for some food and wine and noticed that the menu completely changed. Sometimes this is a good thing and sometimes not. In this case....wow! The new menu has a great variety of dishes including seafood and vegetable tapas along with some really nice larger sharing dishes.....and don't forget the dessert. The rice pudding is something special and even though I am not a big fan of donuts, the Churos with Chocolate sauce was yummy. (heard they put rum in the chocolate) Apparently the Chef is from one of Jason Atherton restaurants but not sure. Anyways, its a huge change from the previous style and in my opinion a great change. I look forward to coming back soon to try some of the other items.
Vida Vino has a new chef onboard and I cam by recently to try their new offerings on the revamped menu.
They had a set lunch available. I went for ala carte as I see some dishes that looked yummy.
Here are the dishes I sampled -
- Grilled peppers: Fresh peppers grilled and sprinkled with salt. It wasn't spicy at all and a good snack to start the meal. Recommended to go with drinks in the evenings too.
- Grilled Squid: This was nicely done and cut up so that its easier to share. The balsamic vinegrette by the side went well with the squid.
- Mini Wagyu Slider: The wagyu beef patty was yummy and the presentation was pretty. wished the portion was a little bigger, but good thing I ordered other dishes to fill my tummy.
- Fried potatoes with spicy sausage and baked egg: Done Spanish style with diced potatoes that were fried, together with sliced spicy sausages. It came with an oven baked soft boiled egg on the side. This is something you should order.
- Churros & Chocolate sauce with Rum: This is done fresh and the chocolate sauce with rum is a keeper. I hope the restaurant keeps this on the menu, so I can order it all the time.
The items I had for lunch were good and I look forward to coming back to try the other items on their menu.
I recently had the chance to have lunch at Vida Vino and must say that I had an enjoyable experience.
Lunch started out with the Croquetas de Queso y Jamon ($12), fried Iberico Ham and Manchengo cheese potato balls.
Another starter that we tried was the Patatas Bravas ($12), crispy potatoes with homemade alioli.
For our main course we tried the Costillas de Cordero ($34), succulent roast lamb chops that had a nice crisp yet able to retain its juices. A must try here.
I also tried the Bacalao al Pil Pil, chilean cod with a crispy skin still retaining its seawater after taste.
I liked that both the final product of the meat dishes still retained a lot of its natural flavours.
The star of the day though had to be the Paella de Marisco ($65) a large plate of saffron rice with generous portions of prawns, clams and squid meant to be shared among two or three diners. The soccarat at the bottom had a great char-grilled bite to it that we finish every morsel of the plate despite having so much food before that.
For desserts, we had the Creme Catalana con Melody, the Spanish version of the creme brulee. But I preferred the traditional churros, which melts in the mouth when served piping hot.
Ah, with that glass of vino, I could just chill at that nice Keong Siak hideout all afternoon!
It has been some time since I last came to this restaurant. I learnt that the menu has been updated and I came here for lunch with my colleagues to try their new additions.
There were 3 of us and we ordered a couple of items from across the menu. Here are the highlights of our meal:
- Padron Peppers: $12. Fresh Spanish peppers nicely grilled to give a slight charring on the outside and given a sprinkling of salt. A simple snack and I like the taste of it. Its not hot at all. Recommended!
- Croquetas de Queso y Jamon: $12. We got 3 pieces of Iberico Ham and Manchego cheese croquetas. This is a must-try. Crispy 1on the outside and I loved the texture and taste of the fillings. If I ould, I would have finished this all by myself.
- Patatas Bravas: $12. Deep fried crispy cubed potatoes. Its served in a ceramic dish and topped with home-made alioli and brava sauce. This will appeal to those who love potatoes. The brava sauce is similar to tomato sauce and Alioli sauce is like mayonnaise. Both complemented the potatoes well.
- Costillas de Cordero: $34. 3 Lamb cutlets grilled individually and served with roasted peppers, olives and capers. The lamb were well cooked and didn’t have a strong ‘lamb taste’. Not bad.
- Bacalao al Pil Pil: $35. A piece of salted cod grilled and served olive oil and garlic emulsion. I didn’t think I would like this, cos the cod has been preserved. But it tastes like regular cod fish. The emulsion also went well with the fish and only had a hint of garlic, and the garlic was not overpowering.
- Paella de Mariso: $65. Seafood Paella with prawns, squid and clams. This serves 3 pax easily. This is one of my favourite dishes of the meal. The paella was cooked in the pan and at the bottom of the pan was charred bits, much like what you will find at the bottom of the claypot for Chinese Claypot Rice. I hardly find paella served with this, as most restaurants do their paella like risotto, which has a smooth texture on the top to the bottom of the dish. The charred bits gave the paella character and crunch in each mouthful. You can taste the saffron in the rice and the seafood were fresh and tasty. Highly-recommended!
- Crema Catalana Con Melody: $12. The crème brulee has a nice sugar crackling on the top. Its supposed to be Melody alcohol, which has a similar taste to Baileys. But the restaurant ran out of melody alcohol, so they substituted for Baileys instead. Its an interesting taste to have Baileys with the crème brulee.
- Churros con Chocolate: $12. Wow. I loved this. The Churros were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and orange crumbs on the outside. Eating it on its own and then dipping it in the chocolate sauce that has rum in it gave two interesting tastes! After the churros were finished, I used a spoon to finish up the rest of the rum chocolate sauce!
It was a good meal and I (and my colleagues) left the restaurant happy.
To quote from Salvador Dali, there are some days we think we are going to die, from an overdose of satisfication, and last Saturday night at Vida Vino was definitely one of those. We were consistently impressed and delighted, right from aperitif - a triple malt La Soccarada, a glass of bubbly Cava and some big marinated olives stuffed with fresh orange. Dinner was splendid and washed down with a bottle of Beronia Rioja. Every dish was beautifully executed. You must absolutely try the Spanish Iberico pork secreto, Pan fried foie gras, Ham Croquettes, Prawns al Ajillo and finish off with some cinnamon sugar dusted Churros con Chocolate served with a chocolately heavenly rum infused dip.