The Place Located along Amoy Street beside the newly opened Carne is Kulto, a new Spanish restaurant which opened one month ago. Kulto, which loosely translates to knowledgeable in Spanish, is helmed by Chef-Owner Jose Alonso and the interior of the restaurant takes inspiration from Madrid and Barcelona in a fine-casual setting.
The Food The food menu is split into tapas, vegetables, sea, land, paella and sweets. I had some tapas for a start like the Jamón Ibérico Bellota 36-months with Tomato Bread (S$29).
The Chili Crab Croquette (S$12) is a Singaporean take on croquette, where you can expect a crispy texture filled with crab meat.
One of my favourite tapas is the Tuna Tartare & Shrimp Tullie (S$22). Fresh tuna loin is diced and mixed with egg yolk, shallots, olive oil, and the way to enjoy the dish is to scoop the tuna with the accompanying crispy shrimp tullie and have it altogether.
You also can’t go very wrong with the Ibérico Chorizo, Confit Potatoes & Soft Eggs (S$22). Mix the eggs with the potatoes, and have the Josper grilled chorizo on its own.
Other tapas dishes I had were the Grilled Avocado, Homemade Pesto & “Pipirrana” (S$22) and Crayfish with Ibérico Pork belly & Truffle Potatoes (S$32).
No Spanish meal is rendered complete without having the paella. There are three flavours at Kulto – Seafood Paella, Squid Ink Paella, or Mushroom and Pork Sausage Paella. I had the Squid Ink Paella (S$38, serves 2-3 pax) which is served in a hot pan.
The flavour is delicious and while the pan looks huge, it is a relatively thin layer hence it is quite manageable for a small group to share.
The paella here uses bomba rice cooked in a sofrito base, then basted in a master broth consisting of robust flavours from housemade Chicken or Lobster stock. I also had the Seafood Paella (S$38, serves 2-3 pax) which is more vibrant than the squid ink in terms of visual presentation, and you expect a similar moist texture of the paella like the squid ink.
There are also vegetarian-friendly dishes here like the Roasted Cauliflower served with Tahini, Hazelnuts and Chili, or the Vegetable Paella.
For desserts, the options are not many but you expect the likes of the Kulto Cheese Cake (S$12) and Sponge, Whisky-infused Chantilly Cream and Nikka Whiskey. The latter is a good ending if you enjoy your whiskey, where Nikka whiskey is drizzle over the sponge cake.
Rants It was slightly warm at our table at a corner, where the air-conditioning probably needs some servicing.
Will I Return Again? Good Spanish food at Kulto, cosy dining vibes and if you are looking to try a new Spanish restaurant, Kulto is worth a shot.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
87 Amoy Street
Tel: +65 9620 5626
Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 2:30pm; 5pm to 10:30pm
Saturday: 5pm to 10:30pm
Ranted by The Ranter