SINGAPORE RESTAURANT

BOMBA

Named after the Bomba rice used to make its paella, this lively 70-seater serves up a handful of paella to choose from such as langoustine, squid & prawn and arroz negro, with squid, dry sherry, squid ink and black mushrooms cooked in fish stock, cooked up by chef Jean-Philippe Patruno who's had stints at establishments like Barrafina Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Bar in London. Also on the menu are tapas items including piquillo peppers stuffed with salt cod brandade and ibérico ham croquettas, as well as charcoal-grilled dishes like secreto ibérico with Romesco sauce. If you're in need of some libation, there's a wine list dominated by Spanish offerings, as well as cocktails including white pear sangria, Bomba punch (our pick) and blood orange colada.

The buzz: Since there’s apparently no limit to Singapore’s appetite for Spanish food, this new restaurant—named after the Bomba rice used to make its signature paella—has taken over Graze at Martin No. 38.

The vibe: This red-and-black 70-seater is quite the hotspot of the moment—its wooden tables are packed quite close together without being claustrophobic, while bright red milk crates that serve as “lampshades” line the bar counter. It’s a busy, vivacious venue with loud music and lots of action.

The food: Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno who’s had stints at establishments like Barrafina Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Bar in London heads the kitchen, keeping the focus firmly on its paella with options including arroz negro (from $40)—with squid, dry sherry, squid ink and black mushrooms—and Valenciana (from $35), cooked in saffron chicken stock and studded with chorizo, pork belly and chicken. You’ll also find tapas such as chili-garlic prawns ($17), padron peppers ($12) and ibérico croquettas ($12), grilled dishes like Galician-style octopus ($20) and romesco spatchcock chicken ($24), as well as a suckling pig platter (from $60); don’t forget to ask the kitchen to go easy on the sea salt unless you’re big on salty food.

The drinks: For those who prefer cocktails, there are about 10 tipples to sip on at BOMBA including white pear sangria ($15) and the light and delicious Bomba punch ($12). Alternatively, call on the wine menu (from $12/glass) with mostly Spanish offerings that’s heavy on the reds; it also features a short list of sherries (from $12/glass).

Why you’ll be back: The lively vibe here is truly infectious and the Spanish grub’s not half bad either, just don’t come expecting a quiet night out.

Venue Details
Address: BOMBA, Martin No. 38, 38 Martin Rd., Singapore, 239059 Singapore
Phone: 6509-1680
Website: www.bomba.sg
Area: Singapore River
Cuisine: Spanish
Open since: October, 2012
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight
Nearest trainSomerset
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