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4.9 /6 Excellent 29 Reviews

Esquina

Chinatown Spanish $$ +100
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About Esquina

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Tucked away on Jiak Chuan Road, Esquina is a tapas bar with tonnes of style. Chinatown is a hotspot for culinary culture in Singapore, and this restaurant is one of the area's hippest hangouts. Headed by esteemed chef Carlos Montobbio, the cuisine on offer here is Spanish with a pronounced international influence, from obviously Andalusian delicacies such as Iberico bellota with pan con tomate to fusion masterpieces like the Spanish twist on Japanese nigiri with bacalao brandade and roasted bell peppers. The buzz is building around this restaurant – booking in advance is a must.

Check out Esquina's menu tasting menu here!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday Closed
Esquina, Jiak Chuan Road 16, 089267 Singapore

Further Information

Inspired by the colourful tapas bars of Spain, Esquina provides its own trendy take with its menu of small plates and other Spanish-inspired dishes. Bringing some Catalonian charm to Singapore’s Chinatown, and adding some hipster appeal to it, this stylish tapas bar serves up small dishes in an industrial-chic environment. Dine downstairs at the open kitchen counter or head upstairs to Esquina 2.0, an intimate space with space for 20 seated guests. Besides the popular Esquina set lunches and bubbly and tapas nights, a refined a la carte menu offers a cornucopia of dishes from soil, sea and land, plus snacks, classics, desserts and drinks for you to explore.

Try some of the grilled Spanish octopus with Jerusalem artichoke, burnt onion and oyster leaf, the pigeon served with forest berries escabeche, burnt rosemary polenta and crispy shallots or the saffron paella with pan-fried red snapper, chorizo and snow peas. Finish off with some strawberries, basil, marshmallow, olive and vanilla chantilly or the PBJ (peanut butter parfait, banana, cherry jam and puffed grains). A firm favourite among Singapore’s tapas-loving foodies, Esquina on Jiak Chuan Road, is a consistent hit. To guarantee a table, making a reservation beforehand is strongly advised.

View Esquina's A la Carte Menu

CHEF'S CHOICE

29 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 29 Reviews
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: average
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
25.11.2016 10:48

Great location for fun evening! Food in Spanish tapas style. Excellent cooking good Spanish wine. Friendly staff who are eager to serve and a chef who is Spanish.

1 review so far 6
14.11.2016 08:49

This not just about a good restaurant but an amazing dining experience, particularly if you sit at the kitchen bench. This allows you to observe the theatre of the mercurial head chef and his assistants who all work in syncrinisation to deliver wonderful dishes. This was our second time in the last twelve months and nothing had changed.

3 reviews so far 6
06.10.2016 07:02

Esquina never disappoints always exceptional food and service, a great venue for a special night out - sit around the bar to enjoy the theatre of watching your food being prepared - they add new dishes to the menu from time to time - worth revisiting to catch the new flavours- awesome

1 review so far 6
21.07.2016 23:54

Every dish was a picture on a plate. The interpretation of traditional Spanish food was absolutely outstanding. Flavours were exceptional, as was the service. Highly recommended.

7 reviews so far 6
24.02.2016 11:15

Plate after plate of brilliantly executed tapas, coupled with live action by a capable kitchen crew (they were constantly busying themselves with something, it was pretty amazing to watch!), the most attentive kitchen staff and a relaxing & casual every-night-is-a-friday-night kinda atmosphere. It is no wonder that Esquina remains so popular despite being around for such a long time (we all know how most restaurants' hype die down after awhile). We had the mini spanish breakfast, sea urchin, chorizo croquetas, jumbo prawn (a daily special), saffron paella, grilled octopus, beef cheeks (the only item i wasn't wow-ed by), sangria sorbet cones (on the house), banana beer ice cream. Honestly, many of these items were mind-blowing. Just when we were full and satisfied, and our plates cleared, the staff brought out a slice of warm raspberry cake with a lovely "Happy birthday!" written on the plate, much to our surprise. I had told them earlier when reserving seats that I would like a nice table for 2 as I was celebrating my other half's birthday, but had never expected this sweet gesture from them. Our bill came up to about $160, and I'd say it was well worth it, for the food, vibes and service. Thanks Esquina, we enjoyed our meal here and left very impressed!

4 reviews so far 6
05.07.2016 11:36

The best way to enjoy Esquina is to go with someone who is a little adventurous with food and has the tastebuds to match. I was with a friend who fitted the bill to a T. We skipped the set and went ala carte. Yes, a little pricey but it was so good we will return.

1 review so far 3
03.09.2016 08:47

When we arrived, the guy on the door actually did not care that we had a reservation for inside,mhe said that it doesn't matter, its where ever is space and went outside with us. However the table which he wanted to seat us was occupied by people which wanted to move inside at first but than decided to stay outside, so we went in again and got squeezed in the corner. Food was ok, nothing to write home about, portions very small and therefore not a good price value. The octopus is max a60 gr. Portion and its a main course. It was our second time because we enjoyed the first time, but we will not return. To many other good places in Singapore.

2 reviews so far 6
12.04.2016 08:57

Esquina never disappoints. As always, the food and service were both great. It is a nice place to take your significant other or your first date.

1 review so far 6
13.07.2016 08:47

Sensational delicious food - fabulous chef Mateo prepared food like a true artist- truly inspirational experience! Would definitely reccomenf a trip to Esquina on your travels!

1 review so far 4
02.07.2016 21:58

The food was fantastic. Prawns, Lettuce, Paella where wonderful. Presentation fantastic. Service was spot on. But.. bother my wife and I were extremely thirsty after the meal and absolutely parched the next morning. I'm pretty sure they don't put MSG. We didn't eat anywhere else that night. Maybe a bit heavy handed on the salt. Not sure if anyone else haso experienced this.

2 reviews so far 5
06.02.2016 14:35

Great lunch, well worth the money (for the set lunch), friendly chef open to feedback and was promptly seated at the bar. Signature sea urchin / crab / lobster bisque was a tad too overwhelming though in terms of taste - couldn't quite discern the flavors.

1 review so far 5
18.07.2016 18:25

Nice restaurant, good food ... However, it's a bit on the pricey side for what you get, they were out or ran out of several things (e.g., the pig and cava), and the service was a bit slow (but very friendly).

1 review so far 5
21.10.2016 12:15

An old favourite that continually innovates to make it feel like a new experience each time, Chef Carlos and his team always make you feel comfortable and I also like to get a close up view of people hard at work..!

10 reviews so far 6
14.04.2016 11:25

Despite the competition, this is still the go-to place for tapas in Singapore! The Spanish Nigiri and the Saffron paella are the 2 dishes (among many) that keep me coming back! Highly recommended!

1 review so far 5
29.06.2016 11:57

The food is fantastic to begin with!! Service is acceptable and staff is very friendly and Organised 😉. I would say that the open kitchen concept is a wow to me.. Love the concept and the food mostly

1 review so far 5
08.10.2016 01:42

Great tasting food and an interesting menu. Environment was nice with just the right amount of "noise" to give a warm and relaxed feel. Staff were all very friendly, cheerful and pleasant. Will definitely be back!

1 review so far 6
17.06.2016 18:32

Excellent food, chef's table, great choice, this was a very good experience. Vegetarian choices on main course very limited (just one) unfortunately. Wish they could expand the vegetarian menu.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2016 10:10

Fabulous experience. Food is outstanding and staff work like a finely tuned machine. Sit at bar to fully appreciate the talent of chefs. On the regular visit list

1 review so far 5
28.08.2016 13:34

My friends and I enjoyed the lovely food, great sangria and prompt service (appreciate the mini sangria sorbet cones)!! Would be back for sure!! Keep up the great job!!

2 reviews so far 5
08.09.2016 23:37

Service was good . Food was exquisite and unique , though I found the paella a little oily . Overall , a great palate tantalizing experience !

1 review so far 5
17.06.2016 09:57

Great service... Good quality of food. Music was a bit too loud, which makes conversation a bit hard to hard. Pricing a bit on the high end.

1 review so far 5
31.10.2016 11:41

Nice ambience, great tapas, good selection of Spanish wines. Great service as well. Love the place for its location and crowd. Do try the scallops dish!

1 review so far 5
14.07.2016 08:07

Food never disappoints, service is good, weekday nights mean you get a bit more space, quiet, and ambiance. One of my all time favorites. :)

2 reviews so far 5
23.08.2016 04:29

Great food at this Spanish place once again. Really enjoyed myself and the service was great. Will recommend to friends to come here for tapas.

4 reviews so far 5
02.11.2016 21:40

Superb food and attentive service! Planning to head back soon with more friends! Favorites were: "nigiri sushi", fried squid, grilled octopus and the beetroot salad.

3 reviews so far 4
02.03.2016 07:50

The food is nice although a bit expensive. The service is good which staff do take care of you. Overall experience is good. A place that could chill out

1 review so far 4
22.07.2016 06:07

Great service and good food though I would say the salt level was a little high for my tastebuds, particularly in the cannelloni and paella.

2 reviews so far 1
11.06.2016 15:07

Booked a table inside, after keep waited outdoors for 15 minutes, I was offered a very small corner table under a giant a/c with very uncomfortable seats.