Esquina

Chinatown · Spanish
Excellent
5.0/6
40 Reviews
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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 Times

Open today - Opens at 6:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday
Closed

Address

Esquina
16 Jiak Chuan Road
Singapore 089267

Menu Highlights

Snacks

Esquina's Spanish omelette

Confit onion, potato, crispy bread, olive oil caviar
$6.00

Dingley Dell pork jowl, chipotle mayo, pickled pear

$14.00

Iberico bellota “Joselito” with pan con tomate

$30.00

Meat

Braised beef & pork cannelloni, foie gras, cepes béchamel, black truffle

$28.00

US “Family Reserve”, beef ribeye, charred leeks, romesco

$34.00

Spanish suckling pig, rhubarb and apple chutney, mulled wine jus

$42.00

Seafood

Saffron paella, pan-fried red snapper, chorizo, snow peas

$24.00

Patagonian toothfish ceviche, rhubarb jus, sweet potato chips, corn salt

$26.00

Grilled Spanish octopus, Jerusalem artichoke, burnt onion, oyster leaf

$28.00

Vegetarian

Grilled baby romaine lettuce, herb yoghurt, macadamia nuts, cider vinegar glaze

$12.00

Beetroot pickled, whipped truffle burrata, raspberries, smoked walnuts

$14.00

Roasted cauliflower, cauliflower cous-cous, serrano ham, Manchego cheese

$16.00

Desserts

Cherries, white chocolate parfait, green apple sorbet

$14.00

Warm chocolate fondant, malt ice cream, chocolate 100’s & 1000’s

$15.00

“BBC” textures of banana, beer ice cream, warm caramel sauce

$15.00
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Main Menu

Esquina's A la Carte Menu

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More about Esquina, Singapore

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.

40 Esquina Reviews

Excellent
5.0/6
40 Reviews
"Excellent"6/6
David R.2 months ago · 19 reviews

A good choice for casual lunch and entertaining as well.

"Excellent"6/6
Wayne B.a year ago · 1 review

Excellent energy service and creativity in the food. Very enjoyable for 2 people at the long counter. The team is well ford instead and organised delivering so many dishes at one time.

"Excellent"6/6
Duke J.a year ago · 1 review

It was absolutely amazing!! Compliments to chef Mateu! Loved the caneloni and the pulpo. But in fact everything was nice! Thank you Mateu for making us the menu!

"Excellent"6/6
Helen Y.a year ago · 1 review

Excellent food and immaculate service sums it up! Every dish we ordered was great and unusual desserts which surprises the palate. A very enjoyable evening.

"Excellent"6/6
Adele C.a year ago · 8 reviews

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!

"Excellent"6/6
Peng A.a year ago · 6 reviews

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.

"Excellent"6/6
Aubrey K.a year ago · 7 reviews

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

"Okay"3/6
York B.a year ago · 1 review

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.

"Excellent"6/6
Peter D.a year ago · 1 review

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.

"Excellent"6/6
Lindy B.a year ago · 1 review

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!

"Excellent"6/6
Josh M.a year ago · 2 reviews

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.

"Good"4/6
Ken C.a year ago · 1 review

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.

"Great"5/6
Steve L.a year ago · 3 reviews

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.

"Great"5/6
mark s.a year ago · 1 review

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..!

"Great"5/6
Tobias H.a year ago · 1 review

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).

"Excellent"6/6
Brandon L.a year ago · 29 reviews

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!

"Great"5/6
Simone F.a year ago · 1 review

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

"Good"4/6
Suvi S.a year ago · 17 reviews

Food was very good but portions were quite small. We had the daily lunch set with tapas and main course. There was no choice for 4 courses, only 3 or 5. I would have taken 4 (including snack or desert) but 5 would have been too much.

"Great"5/6
Shirley T.a year ago · 1 review

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!

"Excellent"6/6
Ashutosh S.a year ago · 1 review

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.

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