My Little Tapas Bar is the newly opened sister bar of My Little Spanish Place, taking over what used to be Platters Bistro at Club Street. The concept is of a homey one, based upon the Spanish saying ‘Mi casa es su casa’, which means ‘my house is also your house’, a very apt description of the casual, welcoming setting here.
Light Spanish touches can be seen throughout the bar, such as the hanging Jamon legs and racks of Spanish wine. The walls reveal exposed bricks, which together with extensive use of woodwork in the furnishing emphasizes again the authentic and casual vibe the chef-owners want to show.
My Little Tapas Bar is proud to partner Spanish Jamon brand, 10 Vetas, one of Spain’s most renown jamon brands for a one night only event on 18 Oct from 5 – 9pm. This event includes a hands-on carving session with the specialist, free flow jamon as well as jamon-inspired tapas.
Jamon slicing is a very delicate affair; too much strength and the slice is too thick, too light and you get but a sliver of meat. Chef Maria Sevillano demonstrates her years of practice cutting prized jamon, and also let us try our hand.
Frankly by the time I publish this review, it would probably be the date of the event itself already. But hey, at least we had first-hand guidance on cutting the jamon ourselves, as well as sampling some of these jamon-inspired tapas to know that its a worthy event to attend if it happens again. Many of the tapas dishes are also available on the main menu of My Little Tapas Bar, so you’ll be able to eat what you read here as well.
Tabla de Jamon Y Queso ($16 for 10 Vetas jamon, $25 for cheese platter). Jamon and Cheese platter that was the result of what we sliced ourselves.
Sardines En Escabeche ($14). Homemade sardines cooked in vinegar, olive oil and smoked paprika, served on toasted bread with pepper puree. Served on soft imported Catalan Coca bread, the sardine has a strong taste of the sea but balanced perfectly with the sour vinegar, slightly spicy paprika and pepper puree for a wonderful tapas item.
Coca de Cebolla con Pimientos ($16). Thin crispy flatbread topped with caramelized onions, roasted peppers, anchovies and manchego cheese. Again using crisp Coca bread, this is in essence a Spanish pizza. Savour the tangy homemade vinegar which has a bit of berries infused within for a sweet and sour finish that complements the salty anchovies that all peters out on the flat bread for balance.
Cava grapefruit Granita Y 10 Vetas. Spanish Cava and Grapefruit sorbet with crispt 10 Vetas Jamon. A new dish made especially for the jamon event, I found the grapefruit rinds a bit overly bitter though, but provided a refreshing respite to reset the palate from the heavy fishy dishes early.
Gabase Picantes ($14). Fresh shrimp cooked in a dish of boiling olive oil with garlic, chili and smoked paprika. One of the signature tapas dishes of Spanish cuisine, the succulent shrimp with heavy garlic stock is always so scrumptious you can’t resist but try to lap up every single drop of gravy with the bread served.
Papada de Cerdo Iberico. Braised Iberico Pork Jowl in Pedro Ximenez (white Spanish wine) with potato puree.
A bite-sized mouthful with a mix of creamy soft textures, Spanish dishes tend to be a bit heavier on the salt (especially for the braised pork) as compared to the Asian palate, but the small quantity made the burst of flavour very enjoyable without being overbearing.
Tarta de Chocolate ($12). A triple layer tart of crumbly crust, a truffle-like interior and a shiny glaze with homemade Leche Merengada ice-cream. A sweet, chocolatey finish to the night, the tart was smooth and had just the right gentle consistency.
Leche Merengada is a classic homemade milk and egg ice cream aromatized with cinnamon. The more basic homemade process however produces larger ice crystals within the ice cream which in turn makes it less creamy with an icier texture.
My Little Tapas Bar offers a thoroughly authentic Spanish tapas experience along Club Street in Singapore, with its ‘conservas’ inspired menu and wide selection of some of the best Spanish wines available. The menu is a selection of deli favourites from Spain and unique home-style tapas creations that stay true to their roots.
Chef partners Maria Sevillano and Edward Esmero promise that when you visit My Little Tapas bar, you’ll always find great food, great wine, and great company. One of the more bona fide Spanish tapas I’ve tried, I’d recommend you stop by this intimate joint.