Here in Singapore, foreign cuisines are a plenty. However, it is rather difficult to find good and authentic ones. When it comes to Spanish food, Tapas Club is now my favourite go-to spot.
Here at Tapas Club, sit back and relax over some Sangria (from $12 a glass) and up beat Spanish music.
Enjoy the huge variety of Spanish appetisers and snacks, or more commonly known as tapas.
We tried the Croquetas De Jamon ($11.90). These ham croquettes are a common snack in Spain and are made with a filling on creamy bechamel and chopped jamon ham, then topped with more ham!
Next, we tried something that became my favourite dish here. The Berenjena Con Mie ($9.90) are thinly sliced eggplant chips that were coated in a tempura like batter and fried to a crisp. It is served with a drizzle of honey for a sweet touch. I personally am not a fan of eggplants, but this dish somehow made it to the top of my all-time favourite!
Spanish food, unlike Mexican food, is not very spicy. So when we first tried the Piquillos Rellenos ($12.90), we were actually delighted to not meet with a fiery monster. The piquillo pepper is a variety of chili that is common to Spain. And for this dish, the piquillo peppers are deep-fried then stuffed with a filling of ground beef, bechamel and onion, enveloped in a demi-glace sauce.
This super cute tapas is another must-try in my books. The Cojonudos ($13.90) originated from the villages located near the border between the regions of Castile and La Rioja in Spain. At Tapas Club, a slice of crisp Chapata bread is topped with Fermin Chorizo – a dry-cured sausage made from the famous Iberian pork of Spain, and a fried quail egg.
I’ve tried all sorts of burgers before, but this is the first time I’m trying a deep-fried squid one! With the Bocata De Calamares ($10.90), a brioche bread roll is filled with deep-fried squid rings instead of a meat patty, served with a classic alioli sauce and a touch of a spicy red sauce for a punchy finish.
And now onto some mains, or Tapas+ as Tapas Club would call it.
For some meat, try the Filete De Ternera ($20). Served medium-rare, this steak is accompanied with a dollop of homemade garlic aioli.
This is the Pulpo A La Brasa ($24), which is a beautifully charred grilled octopus imported from Spain and served with paprika oil, pimenton powder and a side of garlic aioli and crispy potato wedges.
Spanish food is not complete without some paella!
We tried the Arroz Negro ($26), which is essentially squid ink paella with cuttlefish and clams. The paella rice is cooked al dente in a flavourful seafood stock that gives a full bodied, rich and briny flavour. The paella is served with dollops of garlic aioli, best stirred together before serving for a creamy finish.
And now, on to dessert! Just a word of advice, the dessert here are also meant for sharing, as they can be very heavy.
The Mouse De Chocolate Con Platano ($10) is a super dense chocolate mousse, served with caramalised banana on the side. As much as I love this dessert, this takes at least 2 people to finish.
My favourite dessert here is the Mousse De Queso Con Frutos Rojos ($10), which is Tapas Club’s very own deconstructed cheesecake. Another dessert best shared with someone, this is served with huge dollops vanilla cheese mousse, a crumbly buttery crust and a sweet-sour homemade berry compote of strawberry, raspberry and blueberries, drizzled with a caramel sauce.
And last, but not least to complete a whole Spanish meal, we had the Churros Con Chocolate ($10), which basically is sticks of fried churros served with a side of chocolate sauce. Just perfect!
Spanish food is all about sharing, so get your friends and family and head on down to Tapas Club for some great Spanish food!