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Singapore restaurant REVIEW:
Tapas Club

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The buzz: This casual tapas diner in the heart of Orchard serves up quality Spanish small plates that don’t go beyond $25. Executive chefs Jose Alonso and Manuel Berganza, both with merits of different natures, have put together a menu that pays homage to their roots with heritage recipes from various parts of Spain.

The vibe: Tapas Club sits snug at the site of the former whimsical furniture store Fred Lives Here in Orchard Central, and has turned the once industrial chic façade into a rustic, spacious establishment complete with hardwood floors, maroon accented interiors and images of various Spanish cities hanging on the walls. It's great for group dinners, but the tables are probably too close together for a date nights.

The food: Without being convoluted and offering a ridiculous number of dishes, the menu is rather focused and presents a couple of interesting entry-level selections for any tapas newbie, as well as classics that are sure to turn into crowd favorites. 

Begin the night with a round of Gambas al Ajillo ($12.90), a plate of prawns sauteed with garlic and parsley. Simple as it may be, the familiar taste of the locally sourced prawns work well with the light sauce. The tangy deep-fried potato cubes (Patatas Bravas, $9.90) that’s topped with a brava and alioli sauce makes for a great alternative starter for anyone who wants something that packs a bit more punch.

Being absolute carnivores, we went right into the Carriellera de Ternera Con Idiazabal ($12.90). We were floored by the super tender beef cheeks, which were still juicy despite being stewed for three hours. It tastes even better with the smoky and nutty flavors of the Spanish cream cheese that’s served together with the cuts of meat. We suggest ordering more than one serving if you’re sharing (it’ll be finished before you can even utter the name of the dish).

Moving onto the Tapas+ selection (which comes with a choice of sides), we ordered the Pulpo a la Brasa ($22), which is essentially an octopus tentacle grilled with paprika oil plus a side of asparagus done the same way. This dish is definitely not for anyone who has an aversion to anything that might be overtly smoky. Despite the char, it is still really delicious and doesn’t overpower the light taste of the appendage. Albeit a little dry, it's something that can’t really be avoided with grilled anything.

The drinks: What’s a Spanish restaurant without a good selection of wines, right? They’ve scoured their motherland, which is known to have many distinct and well-known wine-producing regions (and a huge supply of indigenous grapes) to curate a diverse selection of wines; many of which are new-to-market, small-batch bottles starting from $35. It may not be a very long list, but it's comprehensive enough for a casual tapas restaurant like this. They also have draft beers from the oldest brewery in Spain ($4.50-$8.50), a selection of Spanish cocktails and a humble list of spirits if you're in the mood. And if you like what you’ve been imbibing, you can always get a bottle to bring home at the little retail corner near the entrance. 

Why you’ll be back: It's one of those joints you wouldn't mind going to if you're in for some simple Spanish fare with a couple of buddies, which is exactly what Tapas Club is all about. You definitely can't go through the entire menu in one sitting—unless you've brought your entire crew with you—so we suggest you take your time to try everything on the menu. There might be some hits and misses, but at that price point for such quality, Tapas Club is definitely worth going.

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Phone: 3165-7577
Tapas Club, #02-13/14/15 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., Singapore, 238896 Singapore

Nearest Train:

Somerset

Opening Hours:

daily noon-3pm; Sun-Thu 6-11pm; Fri-Sat 6pm-midnight

Price Range:

$

Cuisine:

Spanish

Open Since:

July, 2017
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