We are always down for good Spanish food! Fiery, flavourful and fun, these stellar Spanish restaurants in Singapore check all the aforementioned boxes and will satisfy your cravings for your favourite Spanish food.
ICEX Spain, the government agency promoting foreign trade and investment in Spain, has recently launched the “Restaurants From Spain” Certification Program to recognise the pivotal role Spanish restaurants play in sharing the Spanish culture.
Singapore, which is the first country in Asia where the program was launched, has awarded the certificate to a total of 15 Spanish restaurants. These restaurants share an affinity with Spanish gastronomy based on genuine roots, ingredients, recipes and quality.
Here are the 15 must-try Spanish restaurants in Singapore that will make you feel like you are having an amazing meal in Spain.
Asador Singapore showcases the beauty of the Spanish cuisine from different regions using traditional cooking techniques such as cooking in immersion circulator (sous-vide) and grilling over charcoal in a Basque grill, proving to guests that Spanish food is more than just tapas.
Its recipes are a mix of both tradition and creation, using influences from Basque Country, Castilla y Leon and Andalucia. Its signature Suckling Pig, or Cochinillo, is cooked in their handmade stone oven, resulting in a golden, crispy finishing that is exactly the same as the city the dish is most well known for, Segovia.
51 Joo Chiat Place
Binomio’s menu includes popular, all-time Spanish favourites as well as personal dishes that balance the taste, texture, appearance and colours of dishes. Immerse in interesting twists to some of their tapas and special dishes based on fresh produce available on that day, adding to the dynamism of the food.
Their menu also changes at least 4 times a year depending on available seasonal ingredients but always expect all-time Spanish favourites as well as personal dishes prepared by their executive chef, Gonzalo Landin.
20 Craig Rd, #01-02 Craig Place
Brainchild of renowned hotelier and restaurateur Loh Lik Peng, Esquina is a two-storey space located at the corner of Jiak Chuan Street and it offers guests two distinct experiences with both rustic and modern industrial cues that evokes a sense of being in the heart of Spain with its buzzing atmosphere and vibrant setting.
Diners get to peek into their open-kitchen where contemporary cuisine showcasing Spanish and Catalan flavours are prepared.
16 Jiak Chuan Road
FOC, which means “fire” in Catalan, is a 78-seater restaurant with an open-kitchen concept which makes for a buzzy, interactive experience.
With the slogan “Fine Fun Food from Barcelona”, the restaurant features traditional tapas and playful contemporary creations by Michelin-Starred Chef Nandu Jubany and Chef Juanjo Carrillo, providing fine, top-notch quality produce and fun, creative approach to Spanish cuisine in a laid-back, yet chic atmosphere, evoking the essence of the city of Barcelona. Watch chefs and mixologists working side-by-side for the ultimate fine fun food from Barcelona.
40 Hong Kong Street
Located at the east end of tranquil Palawan Beach, the tasteful and airy beachfront space inspired by Barcelona’s world-famous beach culture is resplendent with bright interiors and panoramic views of the sea.
Their second-storey private events space can be reserved and transformed to accommodate intimate beach weddings, private parties or corporate events. This is where one can enjoy the island’s cheery, relaxing morning, an idyllic Mediterranean lunch spot, or a vibrant gastronomic getaway at night. Savour truly Mediterranean fare, including Paellas, large-format grilled meats, seafood, and summery drinks here.
110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa
This is the first international outpost of the Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona by Chef Carles Gaig, a celebrated name synonymous with Catalan cuisine. The family-owned restaurant is operated by Carles’ daughter, Núria Gibert, with executive chef Martí Carlos Martínez, who trained under Carles.
Chef Marti brings modern cooking techniques, finely-sourced ingredients, and his own personal interpretation to create contemporary dishes. Enjoy a rich array of small bites, rices and mains, as well as cannelloni recipe that dates from 1869. Now into its 5th generation, the restaurant is steeped in the warm ambience and heartfelt hospitality the Gaig family is renowned for; making the experience similar to dining in a Catalan home.
16 Stanley St
Feel right at home with an iconic feature of Madrid and Barcelona apartments, the wooden shutters. Kulto’s beautifully restored space is lined with wooden shutters and completed with clean and neutral colours featuring accents of wood – so diners will be in the moment to truly enjoy the atmosphere, and of course food.
Guests get front-row seats to witness the Chefs working their magic in the open kitchen, which is an extension of the private dining room. The dishes come out rhythmically, just like parts of a symphony, landing on the tables, where the colours and energy of the food get to shine on its own.
87 Amoy Street
Bringing the authentic traditional taste and culture of Spain to the quaint neighbourhood of Siglap, an Andalusian chef and a Basque wine lover brought Next Door Spanish Cafe to life. The two friends had always wanted to bring a piece of Spain and its warm hospitality to Singapore.
Situated in a neighbourhood area, chilling and eating traditional tapas and paellas, pairing them with a glass of wine or sangria while listening to some flamenco music will make one feel as though they have been transported to Spain on a summer day.
699 East Coast Rd
Olivia Restaurant & Lounge transports guests to a setting that’s unique to Barcelona. Embodying the essence of Mediterranean soul, where values are centered around the kitchen, Olivia Restaurant & Lounge exudes a welcoming atmosphere and champions an elevated homestyle cooking.
The Chef and co-owner Alain Devahive unleashes his culinary wisdom on the curation of the menu, drawing upon more than a decade’s expertise in Michelin starred restaurants, including the unrivalled elBulli Restaurant.
55 Keong Saik Road #01-03
Fans of charcoal grilled Spanish food will be no stranger to this brand. Born in Barcelona in 2010, Spanish restaurant chain Pura Brasa is a concept created by Josper®, the internationally recognised brand of charcoal ovens.
Its 100-seater Singapore outlet is its seventh outlet and only overseas outpost, offering an intimate, enjoyable dining experience where diners enjoy a friendly atmosphere while savouring our wide and varied offerings. The restaurant’s menu epitomises originality, and showcases a wide variety of dishes: tapas, salads, burgers, seafood and meat, all with the characteristic flavour of grilled cooking.
5 Wallich Street #01-16, Guoco Tower
The award-winning Tapas,24 is a lively tapas bar that marries staple Spanish dishes and unfussy service to create one of Barcelona’s hottest dining destinations. It continues to attract locals and tourists alike in the bustling cobbled streets of Barcelona and remains one of the best – and busiest – in town.
Experience the same in Singapore with its convivial atmosphere, innovative twists on classic Spanish cuisine, and stellar selection of Spanish wines and cocktails combine to make this a must-do pit stop for every foodie visitor, as well as a local favourite.
The Quayside 60 Robertson Quay #01-04
Looking for authentic flavours from the Iberian Peninsula? Here’s the place. A meeting point that conveys the traditional and authentic Spanish character, their food pays homage to Spanish identity, traditions, and culture, showcasing classic Spanish tapas, heirloom fresh produce, and home-like recipes.
Lovers of 100% traditional Spanish and tapas style dishes can enjoy an easy and delicious meal with only the best ingredients used to ensure that the colour, flavour and texture are perfect to cater to every palate.
Orchard Central: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central,#02-13, Singapore 238896
VivoCity: 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-98/99 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
JEWEL: 78 Airport Blvd., #03 – 220 / 221 / 222, Singapore 819666
This romantic dining destination that balances traditional Spanish flavours with modernity, creativity and soul is housed at Level 2 of The Alkaff Mansion. UNA pays homage to the age-old heritage of Spanish gastronomy with an innovative and contemporary menu that marries authentic signature delicacies from different regions in Spain.
Extracting wholesome and robust flavours through modern cooking techniques, experience the best of Spain through sumptuous tapas, paellas, parrilla grills and more.
10 Telok Blangah Green, Level 2
The restaurants are selected based on the criteria that they have at least one person who can speak to clients in Spanish and who can explain the concept behind the restaurant. Its menu has to offer a 60% predominance of Spanish dishes and recipes while carrying PDO / PGI foods from Spain and are helmed by a chef who is qualified to prepare Spanish dishes and recipes.
Finally, they need to own communication media platforms that show the Spanish identity of the restaurant. The “Restaurants From Spain” certificate is valid for one year and is assessed on an annual basis.
For more info, visit http://foodswinesfromspain.com/rfs-certification.
This post was brought to you by ICEX Spain.