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The dining room is upstairs at this shophouse just off Keong Saik Road, but the best place to sit is at the counter on the ground floor, in front of th...
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Inspired by the colourful tapas bars found in Spain, ESQUINA offers modern Spanish tapas in a unique location surrounded by post-war colonial buildings, hip coffee joints and old-school home-style restaurants. Helming the kitchen is head chef Carlos Montobbio who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants such as Celler de Can Roca (3 stars), Zuberoa (2 stars) and Cinc Sentits (1 star). Designed by Singapore-based Columbian architect Antonio Eraso, ESQUINA features a long communal bar and open kitchen with specially designed stools made in the UK.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
European, Spanish, Fusion
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had such high expectations and this place left me utterly disappointed… I felt had to share my experience unfortunately. We came here for my birthday and wanted to try the tasting menu, however the moment we sat down we were greeted by silence. A...long 15 minutes later a waitress with a very sullen look slammed the menu on our table and didn’t even say welcome. When we wanted to ask about a particular dish on the tasting menu, she glared and just said “you get everything” and looked as if we were bothering her. That made us reluctant to get the tasting menu, as part of that is also the service and experience. After another 15 mins, we were finally asked if we wanted water, which was hurriedly dumped onto our table (at this point we are nearly 30mins in and still have no had our orders taken). Meanwhile, we also noticed another pair who arrived for >10 mins without a single person greeting them and they actually left. Finally we decided to order the a la carte dishes, which again took another 15 mins just for the first appetiser to come out. Food was ok, it wasn’t mind blowing. I found the prawn paella to be rather salty and I would say it’s slightly overpriced for quality. The appetisers were ok - we got the croquettes, bruschetta (too oily) , and some small plates. We were probably 40-45 mins in before getting to eat anything and the whole time service was unbelievably poor. It got so bad that when the main arrived my partner was contemplating already asking for the bill since everything took so long, and the waitress looked like she hated to be there. (To be fair to her the restaurant did seem understaffed but still, it was a very poor experience to be snapped at as a customer on my birthday) We were shocked because this place had such good reviews…. but I have to say that it definitely ruined my birthday. We came with such high expectations and really hoped to enjoy a wonderful dinner, but sadly were very let down and left disappointed and upset by the whole experience.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 20 August 2022 via mobile

Situated in a corner of heritage building in Tanjong Pagar is this popular restaurant serving modern Spanish tapas. We chose their set menu at $138/pax. Wasn’t disappointed because the food tasted awesome. There are a few outstanding dishes with the most extravagant is lobster paella...with Uni. With reservations one has to choose from outdoor, bar or second floor dining. We got the second floor for tables and chairs. Service was good whilst atmosphere was pleasant,More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 August 2022 via mobile

It was my second time having dinner in Esquina and the overall experiencewas Amazing. We tried some new dishes, but still ordered the rosted Cauliflowers and Iberico Croquetas, just delicious. The Octopus was perfectly cooked, tender and with the right seasoning. We shared as well...the Spanish Pig, succulent with that crispy skin Wow. Ending with sweets, the chocolate Fondant cake with vanilla gelato and almond. Personal opinion: the best Spanish restaurant in Singapore. The service is fast and all the staff are kind and attentive.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 17 June 2022 via mobile

Good place if you like to try some fusion Tapas. Portions are fine for a couple to share. On the pricy side so expect to spend atleast $150 minimum for an order of 4 tapas dishes. The dessert especially the Amalfi Lemon cake is a...must try. Good for a dinner and casual dinning out with family and friends. Has good selection on wines. Good ambience and staffs are very friendly.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 5 May 2022 via mobile

First time having Spanish food paired with Spanish sherry cocktails! The starters were tapas of juicy oysters (with jalapeño ponzu), anchovy sticks (with allioli dip), olives stuffed with anchovy pesto and Iberico ham (with tomato foam). There were 3 small dishes of the mains: beautifully...cooked seabass in lobster velouté, followed by crispy suckling pig and then the best dish of all - roasted quail stuffed with pan-seared foie gras on top of cèpes paella. The delightful dessert was the beer stout ice cream on top of banana cake and salted caramel.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 21 March 2022

Brought 4 friends to try the food here. Everyone loved it! Ordered from ala-carte menu so we could share everything. Must try - Spanish pork jowl, Cauliflower, Grilled sucrine lettuce, Prawn paella, Grilled octopus and Suckling pig If the cheese cake is available, go for...it. The calories are worth it!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 23 February 2022

Second time of eating here I really like it The open kitchen is poetry in motion, kudos to chef Carlos Food is tasty and well cooked and just the right sizes Extensive wine list and a wide selection of sherries They provided a free dish...and also free petit fours - Burnt Ends take noteMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 18 February 2022 via mobile

I had made dinner reservation at this restaurant which I had heard a lot about. We were punctual and were escorted to our outdoor table. The table was okay, would have been nicer to sit inside but this was okay too as the weather was...pretty nice. The menu is simple and most of the dishes are quite simple but the elements in each dish is truly unique and absolutely stunning. Each dish is distinctive and different. Amazing blend of flavours - sweet and savory. The dishes that were only (could have been nicer) were the octopus and cabbage. On the other hand, the lettuce, tuna tartare, prawn paella, burrata, bread roll were simply outstanding - I would order these again ! The dessert was delicious as well - the molten lava chocolate cake was intense and the burnt cheese cake was stunning. The caviar on the chocolate was stunning. Oh man ! In food coma. Our waitress, Priya was also super friendly and nice. We felt comfortable dining here and will surely be back.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 23 January 2022

Visited place multiple times in last 2 years. Great tapas, motivated kitchen team, but moody service. Messy seating due to 2-3 times services / table& seats in the evening - too many other good places in SG to watch that aditude

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 20 November 2021

We ordered the set menu and aside from old standbys such as crystal bread and burrata cheese, the food overall was just OK and definitely did not justify the price. Don't understand how this place be Michelin-rated. What irked us the most was that the...waitress tried to get us to order dishes similar to what was already provided on the set menu. She repeatedly dropped hints that the portions were small and we should be ordering more. She even tried to upsell us dessert when dessert was clearly already included in these menu. Not sure how these waitresses are incentivized in this joint but her attitude was offputting. They did try to leave a good impression in the end by throwing in some free chocolate mousse but the dining experience left a bitter taste in the mouth overall. Definitely not going back!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 18 November 2021

The food was really top of the line, and was a special midweek treat. Everything was made sweeter with Kerene’s amazing service. She was attentive, jovial, and even though her smile was hidden behind a mask, you could see the massive grin in her eyes....Thanks for the amazing night, and we’ll be back soon!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 20 September 2021

My wife and I have eaten at Esquina a few times now. And each time, the service is wonderful and attentive, and the food is incredible (particularly the tuna tartar and grilled octopus).

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 1 September 2021 via mobile

We had the Tasting Menu which was excellent in value and tastes too. Menu attached. Apéritif wine was white Vina Esmeralda and red wine Ribera del Duero which were exquisite too. My favorite dish was the sea urchin paella.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 31 August 2021 via mobile

Apart from being a bit chaotic at opening. You get limited time to eat and they open on the dot of 6. Food was excellent . Presentation stunning. The mini starters oysters mini breakfast etc were very good. The grilled lettuce amazingly good. The lamb...disappointingly changed to cannelloni which was the poorest dish. To many conflicting flavours. The palate cleanser and 2 desserts were lovely. Wine list small but found a nice ribero del duero They have a nice selection of sherries tooMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 17 July 2021

Came here a few years ago and had a great celebratory dinner for a friend, returned here a few years after for a wedding anniversary and the quality remained great as far as I can recall. But what I'm impressed at most is definitely the...service provided. Forgot to get her name but it was a very approachable Indian lady who was very prompt with assistance and went the extra mile by paying attention to minute details which we really appreciated it. Tried the tasting menu and it definitely worth every dime, we have a great anniversary meal and I recommend this to everyone else who needs a great night/day out with awesome table service!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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