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Weekend Brunch @ Salt Tapas & Bar, Raffles City

An offshoot of the “Salt” brand by celebrated Australian Chef Luke Mangan, Salt Tapas & Bar located at level 1 of Raffles City Shopping Centre is all about Spanish modern tapas with an Aussie twist. Not too long ago, the restaurant also introduced a new weekend brunch menu featuring hearty brunch items, paired with a glass a Sangria and accompanied by groovy beats- guaranteed to give diners a laid-back and enjoyable weekend experience.

We started with an Egg Berentine with Bonito Flakes $14– essentially an amalgamation of two classic brunch essentials- the Benedict and Florentine. Only difference this time is that one does not need to choose between ham or wilted spinach. Every element of this dish is made in-house, even those toasty muffins that the beautifully poached eggs were resting atop of. Complete with a buttery and creamy hollandaise sauce which was seasoned with dashi broth for a savoury finish, this whole plate was quite hard to fault.

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For something different, order the Pork Belly Sliders $13 which were small in size but big on flavours. We were enthralled by the myriad of textures from the slow-cooked till tender bbq pulled pork and that sinfully-juicy slab of pork belly stacked and smothered with some mustard, finished with slices of cut red chilli for a fiery burst.

Esquina @ 16 Jiak Chuan Road

Esquina is no stranger to the Spanish scene in Singapore. Opening to much fanfare back in 2011, this tapas restaurant was the hottest place in town. It was after all, a collaboration between hotelier Lok Lik Peng (the man behind Ember, Cocotte, Majestic Restaurant, The Market Grill) and Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton (protege of Gordon Ramsay). Chef Atherton provided culinary direction for the restaurant while Executive Chef Andrew Walsh helmed the day-to-day operations.

Getting a good seat here was a treat, still is by the way 4 years on, with only less than twenty stools at the long bar counter, primed to catch the live action of Chef and his team. Yes, there were tables outdoors and upstairs but no visit to Esquina was complete without a front row seat of the kitchen commotion.

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Less than 4 months ago, Esquina welcomed a new Executive Chef- Carlos Montobbio, formerly from Fairmont Singapore’s Anti:dote Lounge. And of course, with new blood, comes a revamp of Esquina’s menu and Chef Carlos’ refreshing interpretation of Spanish tapas. Watching him manoeuvre slickly around the kitchen and handling the preparation and plating of each dish like a seasoned pro, we were definitely excited to get a taste of the new flavours that Chef Carlos had to offer.

Find out more about Executive Chef Carlos Montobbio in our interview HERE!

GIVEAWAY | Weekend Brunch @ Catalunya Singapore

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Just when you thought that weekend brunches were typically made for only Sundays, you could not be more mistaken. Calling all fans of Spanish cuisine, Catalunya’s Brunch with Passion is now rolling out on every Saturdays, on top of their current Sunday brunches, from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. With over 40 traditional Spanish dishes coupled with entertaining showmanship at intervals of the brunch buffet, expect a fun-filled brunch affair with family, friends and loved ones.

Hong Kong Eats: 22 Ships, Wan Chai

Trendy, casual and hip are words that come to mind when you first step into this tiny hole-in-the-wall Spanish tapas bar which marks Michelin Star Chef Jason Atherton’s debut into the Hong Kong dining scene. With limited seats and a no reservation policy, it comes as no surprise that it is almost impossible to dine here especially on weeknights and weekends. But we got lucky one Monday afternoon when we popped by for lunch and got a taste of what this eclectic space had to offer.

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Wagyu beef, egg yolk puree, bread crisps, and grated hazelnut

First dish to emerge on the counter top and I had zero expectations. This could be linked to the fact that we could see the dish being prepared. Fingers poking and prodding raw meat on an exposed metal counter top, which you know will eventually find its way into your mouth and tummy…not so pretty.

However, preparation pictures aside, this can be summed up in one word: faultless. My companion mentioned that there was too much sea salt but I thought it was fine. The salt added more kick to the creaminess of the egg yolk and raw wagyu. Overall, flavourful without being too intense; it was a great dish to start with.  4/5

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Iberico pork and foie gras burger with avocado dip and cucumber pickles

The mini sliders speak for themselves. I wonder why they gave pickled cucumbers; it was not necessary, in my opinion. Avocado was smooth and should be spread generously across the patty because it provides more texture to each bite. Even if you are not a fan of foie gras, I doubt you can say no to this mini wonder once you’ve tasted it. It is just so damn good, you would want a second serving! 4.5/5

Catalunya Singapore

Dubbed the best Spanish restaurant in Singapore at the moment, Catalunya Singapore has been a strong force to be reckoned with in our fine-dining scene since the day it opened a year ago. Helmed by a stellar crew with both head chef Alain Devahive Tolosa and restaurant manager Pol Perelló having affiliations with elBulli and the restaurant itself run by the KU DÉ TA Group, it comes as no surprise that this contemporary restaurant has been the talk of the town and a media darling.

Encased in a glass dome floating on the waters of the Marina Bay, the intimate 120 seater charms with a stunning view of the Marina Bay, CBD area and all its glory which can be enjoyed from any seat in the restaurant because of its unique architecture. Both day and night brings an entirely different multi-sensory experience that is best paired with the gastronomical delights that Catalunya has to offer.

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The menu here is predominantly classic Spanish and Tapas- centric, though the larger plates of Traditional Suckling Pig Segovian Style, Roasted Veal Shank and Paella are made for sharing. Do note that the latter is only available for weekend lunch.

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The Bikini $20

Appearing seemingly ordinary, this ham and cheese sandwich was anything but and the first bite will explain why. The grainy mash of cured Iberico ham and melted cheese with a hint of truffle complimented by the coarse texture of the toasted bread teased the taste buds. And just like its name suggests, this sandwich offered the right balance of slinky and sophistication.