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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.
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.
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
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.
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!!
Service was good . Food was exquisite and unique , though I found the paella a little oily . Overall , a great palate tantalizing experience !
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.
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!
Great atmosphere, lovely staff and yummy food. Tapas style dining means you can try more menu items! Loved the paella and squid is a definite Favourite.
Delicious creative food, cool ambience. Not very convinient bar chairs. Book in advance, to avoid disappointments. They have great lunch menus options. We will be back.
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.