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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.
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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.
A good choice for casual lunch and entertaining as well.
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.
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 food and immaculate service sums it up! Every dish we ordered was great and unusual desserts which surprises the palate. A very enjoyable evening.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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..!
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).
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!
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
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 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 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.