Hola Amigo! Singapore’s Best Spanish Food

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway Singapore : Hola Amigo! Singapore’s Best Spanish Food
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway Singapore : Hola Amigo! Singapore’s Best Spanish Food

The trend for tapas and Spanish cuisine has erupted in Singapore in recent years, so where should you try first? Catalunya at Collyer Quay was one of the city’s first upmarket Spanish joints, and serves its signature roasted suckling pigs to rapt applause. Catalonian specialities and a hint of molecular cuisine also appear on the menu.

Suckling pig is also a choice at Don Quijote on Dempsey Road. The Segovian recipe used here is finger licking good, and appears alongside other Spanish staples including Paella and Gambas Pil Pil, or shrimp fried in garlic. Sit at the kitchen counter at Ola Cocina Del Mar, and watch as chefs conjure up Spanish seafood specials and some Peruvian flavours courtesy of Peru-born chef Daniel Chavez. Their black noodle paella with calamari is highly rated.

For more paella, Papitos over at The Grandstand on Turf Club road, is a must-see. Chefs here wield giant paella pans, and by midday have their chicken-based rice, made to an authentic Spanish recipe, hot and ready to serve.

On Sundays, you don’t have to do more than roll out of bed to get your fill of a fabulous paella. My hotel offers up the hearty Spanish treat during the international buffet at its Spanish Paella Sundays running throughout this month. Ask my team for details!