The Place Nestled on the banks of Robertson Quay, Tapas,24 Singapore is the first Asian outpost of the iconic Barcelonian concept, helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Carles Abellán. I checked out the concept brought in by L’Angélus Group of Restaurants which includes Les Bouchons in Singapore, and the Robertson Quay space draws inspiration from Antoni Gaudí with an aim of evoking the fun, unfussy atmosphere of the Barcelona flagship.
Indoor seating includes long counters, high tables, and bold red high stools, while the alfresco dining area has lower seating arrangements with a more relaxed waterfront dining view.
The Food Tapas,24 Singapore kitchen is helmed by Chef Carolina Garcia Santamaria, who has over a decade of experience creating exceptional Spanish cuisine and is a protégé of Chef Carles Abellán himself. The menu focuses on traditional tapas with a twist, highlighting bold flavours. For beverages, there is a selection of Spanish Street Cocktails and Sangria, and a robust wine list of Old and New World wines.
For a start, I had the signature“Tapas 24” Bikini Sandwich(S$16) with black truffles, Ibérico ham and buffalo mozzarella. Can’t go wrong with this dish for sure, as the crispy toast is a winner for me.
The Bunuelos De Bacalao (S$16), salted cod fritters drizzled with honey and lemon zest, is another bar snack friendly dish to share.
The Huevos Estrellados with Thick Cut Chips (S$20) is a hearty Spanish dish of fried eggs and home-made thick cut chips, where it also comes with Iberico Ham. I love eggs, so this is a nice sinful combination with the fries, a perfect bar snack.
Next up was the Clams Ajillo In Sherry (S$32) has the fresh clam as flambéed in sherry wine with garlic, along with fresh artichoke and Iberico ham. The moreish sauce is definitely the main draw for me here.
For large plates, I had the Barbequed Ribs en Bosam (S$40) — Josper grilled ribs served in Korean Bossamstyle, wrapped in lettuce. It is an interesting fusion of Spanish and Korean, where the lettuce cuts the flavour of the ribs well, which is otherwise too singular on its own.
For dessert, I recommend the Brie Cheesecake (S$18), a soft melted cheese texture with a thin crust. Good to share for 2-3 persons, it is very creamy and rich.
Rants Not that the restaurant can do anything about it, there is no bathroom within the restaurant and the nearest public bathroom is a distance away.
Will I Return Again? Laidback dining vibes, which is one big appeal of Robertson Quay. The menu at Tapas,24 is quite varied, which makes it a dining spot great for small groups. Afterall, tapas meals are best enjoyed when you get to try a wide variety.
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
60 Robertson Quay
#01-04 The Quayside
Tel: +65 6513 6810
Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm to 11pm
Sunday: 11am to 11pm
Closed on Mondays
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