A new player enters the Spanish food scene in Singapore — Tapas Club, conveniently located at the second floor of Orchard Central. It aims to spread the idea of authentic Spanish cuisine at affordable prices.
The dishes at the restaurant are perfect for sharing among a small group; but fret not, you can always order more plates to go around if you’re going in a bigger group.
The interior of the restaurant was tastefully decorated with food quotes, as well as pictures of the scenery in Spain.
We started with the Pan Con Aceite y Vinagre ($5), which is homemade toasted bread accompanied by olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Something special about the balsamic vinegar was that it was made into mini vinegar pearls using agar-agar. The tiny burst of balsamic vinegar as you chew into it was a lovely surprise.
Our next dish was the Gambas al Ajillo ($12.90), which was prawns sautéed with garlic and parsley. The prawns were cooked perfectly, and together with the incredibly flavoured sauce? I dare say this dish is a must-order while you’re at Tapas Club.
Do not be afraid to vigorously dip the sliced bread in the sauce and then devour it after, I promise you’ll love it.
We also had the Chipirones Con Huevo Orito ($12.90), which is deep-fried baby squid served with fried egg. The chefs recommended cutting the egg up and mixing it together with the squid.
The crunchy squid complemented the slightly runny fried egg. While this dish was slightly salty, I’d thought that it would go along well with a glass of beer.
The Ambar Beer ($8.50, 400ml) was light and foamy, but my favourite was definitely the Ambar Radler ($5.50). The lemon twist provided a refreshing taste to the beer, and made it extremely easy to drink. For those who love a fruity beer, you’ve got to try the Radler.
Did you think we stopped there? Of course not! The Caballa Con Calabaza ($12.90) was Spanish mackerel with pumpkin. The freshness of the fish, the sweetness of pumpkin and tartness of grapefruit was a party of flavours in my mouth.
Tapas Club also offers Tapas+, which offers one complimentary side. We had the Pluma de Cerdo ($15), or char-grilled Ibérico pork shoulder served with smoky grilled vegetables. The pork was tender, juicy, and fatty enough my liking.
The Carrillera de Ternera Con Idiazabal ($12.90) was a crowd pleaser — the dish was beef cheeks in red wine sauce, served with Idiazabal cheese cream.
Stewed for about three hours in total, the beef cheeks were exceedingly juicy. Beef lovers definitely must try this dish if not you’ll be letting yourself down.
Our last main was the Fideuá Negra ($25), which was squid ink noodles paella with cuttlefish and aioli. Made with traditional fideua pasta, the thin noodle was able to soak up the flavours of the squid ink sauce.
This dish might look scary at first, but the flavours absolutely won me over. The deep seafood flavours had infused into the pasta, and paired with the slightly charred bits from the bottom of the pan. This was one of my favourites as well!
At this point, I was pretty stuffed, but you know everybody has a second stomach for dessert. The Churros Con Chocolate ($8) is the classic churros served with chocolate sauce.
The churro was light, fluffy with just the right amount of crunch. Psst, did you know that traditionally, the Spanish eat churros for breakfast?
Last but not least, we had the Crema Catalana Con Sorbete ($10), which was caramelised cream custard with Oreo crumbs and mandarin sorbet. I recommend scooping up the sorbet quickly before it all melts!
We foresee this place to be an up-and-coming casual Spanish dining concept located in the heart of town. If you’re looking for some heartwarming Spanish tapas and good beer, hit this place up with your amigos!
Expected Damage: $20 – $40 per pax
Tapas Club: 181 Orchard Road, #02-13 to 15, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Sunday – Thursday, PHs), 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am (Friday – Saturday, eve of PHs) | Website | Facebook