Following the ramen invasion in Singapore, another obvious trend was tapas invasion. With Noma being dethroned from their World No. 1 spot and replaced by El Celler de Can Roca, spanish food has gained much exposure and garnered more fans on our small sunny island.
Binomio at Craig Road combines tapas bar and restaurant dining together at 1 premise. We visited their tapas bar to enjoy their small bites for a casual dinner and drinks.
For drinks, we had Sangria Tinta – Medley of fruits, marinated with different alcohol & top up with red wine and Sangria Oro – Medley of fruits, marinated with different alcohol & top up with cava. The Sangria Oro was much sweeter than Tinta but personally I prefer the latter.
We went for their Tapas tasting menu, which allowed us to make our own choice of either 6 or 8 tapas. Their tapas dishes range from $6 – $14, hence whether to opt for ala carte or tasting menu depends on the choice of dishes.
Here’s our tapas choice:
- [From specials menu] Carpaccio de ternera blanca con toffe de vino tinto Veal Carpaccio with red wine toffee – Fresh and tender thinly sliced raw veal, though I didn’t taste much red wine toffee.
- [From specials menu] Pulpo grill con crema de alubia blanca Grilled octopus with white beans puree – Initially I expected the octopus to be chewy but turned out it was “melt-in-your-mouth” and had a slight smokey taste. Amazed that octopus could have such texture.
- Tortilla de patatas Classic Spanish potato and onion omelette – This was a “can’t-go-wrong” tapas item. I would order this at any tapas place. It was done quite nicely here too.
- Secreto Iberico Char – Grilled Iberian pork – Tender and juicy pork slices.
- Gambas al Ajillo Prawns sautéed in olive oil, garlic and parsley – The gravy was so flavoursome that it tasted well even with the bread alone. I even used the spoon to slurp the gravy.
- Chocolate tart Layered chocolate sponge and mousse with a crunchy praline centre – The dessert tasted like “rocher” in cake form perhaps due to the crunchy praline centre =)
Although the tapas bar was semi-open air, the area was cooling enough with a few ceiling fans and some cool air-con draft from the restaurant. The large opened windows also made the area felt rather spacious.
Nice place to chill while enjoying snacks and drinks.
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