Spanish tapas restaurants in Singapore
Good things come in small packages. This classic phrase is what I’d use to describe Spanish tapas. Even though they are served in small portions, tapas can offer a whole range of flavours, all packed in one mouthful. Most Spanish tapas restaurants in Singapore are pretty atas, so save these spots for when you’re planning for your next date or relaxing night with your squad. Along with a glass of wine, you’ll definitely be able to unwind while having a party in your mouth.
1. Don Quijote Spanish Restaurant
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It is not surprising to spot Don Quijote Spanish Restaurant buzzing with life and filled with Spanish diners, given their reputation for being one of the best Spanish restaurants in Singapore. Indulge in their range of tapas, with a crowd-favourite being Calamares Fritos ($13++), which is essentially deep-fried squid served with a house-made sauce. For a unique flavour combination, Tacos de Lomo al Queso Azul ($21++) comprises tenderloin beef cubes and blue cheese – a combination of savoury, salty and tangy flavours all in a bite.
2. My Little Tapas Bar
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My Little Tapas Bar is the sister restaurant of My Little Spanish Place, and it boasts a warm, cosy atmosphere with a wide variety of traditional tapas. Tortilla Espanola ($12++) is a simple yet delicious dish that has fluffy omelette folded with potatoes and onions. Another must-have here is Croquetas De Jamon ($14++) – deep-fried croquette stuffed with ham, and served with a side of house-made aioli.
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Esquina dishes out contemporary Spanish cuisine, with a vibrant atmosphere and an interactive dining experience. For starters, Sea Urchin Sandwich ($12++ each) has burrata, uni and caviar atop a crispy slice of toast. If you’re famished, dig into something heavier such as their Spanish Suckling Pig ($32++), served alongside apple and rhubarb chutney with wine gravy. For something more affordable, the restaurant also offers 2 Course Set Lunch ($28++) and 4 Course Set Lunch ($38++) every Tuesday to Friday, from 12pm to 2:30pm!
4. FOC Restaurant
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As much as it seems like a certain acronym, don’t be suaku and think that you can dine for free at FOC, as it translates to ‘fire’ in Catalan. Requiring a 15-minute waiting time, their Black Mediterranean Squid Ink with Prawns & Squid ($28++) paella is a customers’ favourite, comprising arborio rice that has been infused with squid ink and topped with fresh squid and prawns. Pick from their wide variety of tapas while waiting for the mains to be ready – we recommend their Roasted Pork Belly with Potatoes & Mustard ($20++).
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Housing both a fine-dining restaurant a casual tapas bar is Binomio. The word is Spanish for ‘pair’ or ‘duo’. Tartar de salmon ($16++) is a refreshing starter – fresh salmon tartare served with avocado salad and a traditional cold Spanish soup. For a modern twist on a traditional Spanish dish, opt for Croquet de calamar ($14++). These squid ink croquettes offer something different from the usual jammon.
6. Sabio By The Sea
Sabio By The Sea offers a weekend Hangover Brunch ($59.90++) that includes more than 20 hot and cold tapas, along with grilled meats and desserts. If you’re not much of a buffet person, a few stellar a la carte dishes to order would be Ceviche de Gambas ($18++), which comprises lemon-marinated tiger prawns served with tortilla chips, and Piquillo Relleno de Pollo Picado ($15++) – capsicum stuffed with minced chicken. Pro-tip: head over on a weekday if you’re dining in a group to enjoy promotions on their tapas.
Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01-02, Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375
Opening hours: Mon & Wed-Thur 12pm to 10:30pm, Fri 12pm to 11pm, Sat 11:30am to 11pm, Sun 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6690 7568
7. The Great Mischief
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Located in the hoods of Little India, The Great Mischief serves up Catalonian-inspired dishes in an open-kitchen concept. Order yourself a Bikini Party – a sweet and savoury sandwich made up of sweet brioche stuffed with black truffle paste, stringy mozzarella cheese and turkey bacon. If you’re a stickler for tradition, Chuck Albondigas ($9++) is classic Spanish meatballs served in a spiced tomato stew alongside a slice of crusty batard bread.
Address: 30 Madras Street, Singapore 208423
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 6pm to 10:30pm, Fri 6pm to 2am, Sat 12pm to 2am, Sun 12pm to 5pm
Tel: 9392 2762
8. La Pepa
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La Pepa triples up as a grocer, bar, and a casual tapas restaurant along Gemmill Lane. Start your meal with a Spanish Tortilla ($8+), which is a thick, fluffy and slightly undercooked omelette layered with potatoes and caramelised onions. If you’re a fan of seafood, Pulpo a la Gallega ($20+) is a simple yet satisfying dish of grilled octopus seasoned with paprika and served atop a bed of mashed potato.
9. Tapas Club
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Tapas Club’s goal is to offer diners quality Spanish dishes. Pan Con Tomate ($6++) is a starter of toasted bread slathered in a tangy tomato sauce. For a larger sharing platter, Tabla De Embutidos ($29++) comprises a variety of cold cut meats, such as iberico ham and prosciutto, along with sharp cheddar cheese. Located at Orchard Road, this is one convenient spot to have a Spanish feast at.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #02-13, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 11pm, Fri & eve of PH 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 12am, Sat 12pm to 12am, Sun & PH 12pm to 11pm
10. Bar ● Celona
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Situated along Duxton Hill, Bar ● Celona is a chic bistro with both indoor and outdoor seats. A unique dish to share is Foie gras pate with sangria jelly ($21++). This savoury plate comes with a slight alcoholic kick! The restaurant also offers a healthy take on traditional paella. Their Chicken quinoa paella ($32++) is a high-protein option that’s great for #bulking. If you’re a fan of oysters, head down on for Oyster Night every Tuesday to enjoy a dozen oysters at $20++!
Tapas for anytime of the day
The next time you’re feeling up for a flavour-packed meal, complete with a relaxing ambience, head down to one of these tapas restaurants! Let us know in the comments below if we missed out on your favourite tapas spot.