Fandango Tapas and Wine Bar
This new addition to CHIJMES has kindred spirits in the laidback garden and courtyard cafés of Spain. The focus at Fandango is tapas with a difference. You’ve got excellent (and plus-sized) renditions of traditionals like pan-fried scallops wrapped in Serrano ham ($18) and feta cheese and sundried tomatoes marinated with rosemary ($15), as well as Asian-inspired options like pork with green mango ($11), fried Japanese eggplant ($11) and hawker-style satay sticks ($24). Fandango has about 50 wines on offer from Spain, Italy, the US, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, with 20 or so available by the glass. You’ll find a lot of lesser-known wine varieties here, such as Brown Brothers’ light and fruity 2009 Tarrango ($14 per glass), and 2007 Peltier Station’s robust Petit Sirah and Viognier blend ($15 per glass).