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OLA Cocina del Mar: Spanish Paella & Tapas With New Private Dining At Marina Bay

Last Updated: October 16, 2018

Written by Kelly Chang

After a month of hiatus, OLA Cocina del Mar has reopened at Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3. They’re continuing their six years of service with two new private dining experiences called Barcelona and Valencia.

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Barcelona and Valencia seat eight guests respectively and the rooms work well for special occasions and corporate meetings.

Upon entering the restaurant, the warm colours and soothing music create a cosy atmosphere. There is also an open concept kitchen, for diners to sit at the bar and admire the chef’s culinary skills.

After the reopening, OLA Cocina del Mar has adjusted their menu, adding new dishes alongside familiar and popular dishes.

The owner and executive chef, Daniel Chavez is famous for creating simple yet tasty food. And the best thing about this is that the ingredients are sustainably sourced.

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The Ceviche (S$25) was served with fried baby calamari, fried plantain, salted egg sauce, raw onions and Peruvian corn nuts. For an elegant touch, pair the dish with a glass of Perelada Brut Reserva Cava (S$13). 

My first bite of the Ceviche launched me into a vibrant world of textures and flavours; the fried baby calamari complemented the fresh and springy snapper. The combination of lime and chilli reminded me of Thai dishes and eating the snapper with each fried side produced a different experience each time.

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Keeping up with the tapas theme, OLA Cocina del Mar also has the Grilled Spanish Octopuses – Pulpo (S$28).

These Galician octopuses were covered in Rouille sauce and paprika, which was garlicky and offered a slight spicy kickThe octopus was nicely charred with a slightly crunchy exterior and a tender centre.

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Huevos (S$24) is one of the new dishes added to the menu. Don’t let this egg dish fool you into thinking that it’s simple! The scrambled organic eggs were mixed together with Spanish pork, spinach, mushrooms and croutons.

The tender Spanish pork was a tad salty but is thankfully neutralised with the creamy egg and the juice-filled spinach hidden underneath. Try the dish with the croutons, because it soaks up the flavours while giving every mouthful a slight crunch.

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A mainstay dish is the Pescado de Mercado (S$43), which is best paired with a glass of white like the Ochoa Calendas (S$18). OLA Cocina del Mar, known to be sustainable, catches all their seafood under strict rules in New Zealand.

The snapper was the wild market fish of the season and was served with raw clams on top a bed of soft and creamy mash, which immediately melts once in your mouth. The fish was lean and firm which balanced out the soft texture of the raw clams.

Drinking the Ochoa Calendas right after tasting the dish enhances the flavour of the wine, allowing diners to experience the flowery fragrance it’s known for.

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A must-try when eating Spanish food is paella. OLA Cocina del Mar introduced not one but three different paella dishes!

I tried the Paella Valenciana (S$35), which came with a glass of Orube Crianza Red Wine (S$13) from Tempranillo, Spain.

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OLA Cocina del Mar prepared this dish with marinated chargrilled chicken and chorizo. A squeeze of lemon helped brighten the flavour of the dish greatly and cuts through the smokiness of the chicken.

The aioli sauce on top of the final product gave it a little Mediterranean flair and a slight garlic flavour. The saffron rice also brightened the colour and complemented the meat really well as it neutralises the flavour of the spiced meat.

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OLA Cocina del Mar adds a slight twist to the usual fruity Pana Cotta (S$16). Their version was topped with sweet chestnut paste and a blood orange sorbet. This light and refreshing dessert was the best way to end my dining experience.

The thick chestnut paste was sandwiched in between the blood orange sorbet and creamy panna cotta. Each bite melted easily in my mouth and left a trace of sweetness and slightly bitter flavour. To top it off, there was even a slight crunch at the end from the biscuit crunch sprinkled around the dish.


If you are looking for somewhere to relax or host a private meeting around the CBD area, OLA Cocina del Mar is a great choice.

With unique Spanish dishes paired beautifully with wines and exquisite desserts, you can’t go wrong with this place.

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OLA Cocina del Mar

Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 #01-06, 12 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018982

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Our Rating 4.5/5

OLA Cocina del Mar

Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 #01-06, 12 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018982

Operating Hours: 11.30am - 2.30pm (Mon -Fri), 5.30pm - 9.30pm (Mon - Sat), Closed on Sun

Operating Hours: 11.30am - 2.30pm (Mon -Fri), 5.30pm - 9.30pm (Mon - Sat), Closed on Sun
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