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Esquina

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16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267, Singapore
+65 6222 1616
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Today
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 22:30
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For someone who hardly writes an review, this place is definitely worth my effort to pen down my latest dining experience. To start off, prior to my reservation I emailed Esquina to esquire if they were able to provide a Chinese launguage menu or allow me to do my own translation as I foresee that Taiwanese boyfriend might have issue... More 

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Thank trvler567
ULCRestaurants, Manager at Esquina, responded to this review

Dear Cherry, Thank you for sharing your very kind review to us! It is great to hear that you had a memorable dining experience and we thank you for praising both our kitchen & service team. We invest a lot of time in effort to train our staffs to ensure high level of service standard we could offer our guests.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything is awesome! I would have given a 5/5 stars review as I wouldn't ask for more on the standard of food and service! However, I saw two of their main chefs re-using the spoons that they used to taste the food without washing. After tasting the food, they just dig the spoons into a small tub of water and... More 

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Thank etan3
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good value for money! Delicious and unique way of making sangria. Personal favourite would - sea urchin tapas.

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Thank yuhchien f
Surrey
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227 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Esquina blew me away, from the first bite to the last the food was delicious, so much so that I felt it was like eating a tasting menu at a top flight restaurant but where I got to pick all my favourite dishes. The young Spanish chefs are excellent, and as they are cooking right in front of you take... More 

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Thank lagomaggiore2013
ULCRestaurants, Manager at Esquina, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for the support and patronage to Esquina! We greatly appreciate your very kind review. Mentioning how you enjoyed the dishes means a lot to us. Our culinary team cooks with heart and much passion to make each guest happy with a fulfilled tummy and most especially a good dining experience. Our whole team is very... More 

Singapore
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was at Esquina for lunch and had the 4-course lunch set. Spanish omelette: Appeared and tasted average at first bite, but every chew on the olive oil 'caviar' sprinkled on top lends it a subtle yet increasing depth in flavour. A sign of things to come: innocent at first sight, but deliciousness hidden within. Roasted cauliflower: Appeared ordinary at first... More 

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Thank Eugene S
ULCRestaurants, Manager at Esquina, responded to this review

Dear Eugene, Thank you for taking your time out of your busy schedule to share your feedback with us. We are very thrilled to read of your review and have shared it with the team for future improvements. We apologise if your expectations was not met and please be assured that this is not our usual standard. Thank you for... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great. It has a really good feel to it and serves wonderful little tapas creations in addition to the usual standard fare. My wife and I tried the baby squid (good), beetroot (insane), burgers (really good), octopus (really good) and a few others - can't recall after too much sangria. Will be back to try the rest... More 

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Thank bechemps
Singapore
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Their dessert "BBC" is one of the best i ever had. Lovely food and attentive service. Great ambience sitting outdoors but if you are interested in cooking, its really amazing to sit at the bar counter on Level 1 watching them smashing out dishes.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place Nice to see professional chefs working in front of guest Really deserve to be visit Pretty busy most of the time Ask the che for recommendations Foie gras cannelloni is to die for!!!!

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Thank Alan F
Singapore
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was sumptuous and the service was superb. Excellent food presentation. The ambience was a great experience and it makes the dinner more interesting by sitting at the bar able to see the great chefs in their element. A great place to enjoy great food with family and friends! A place that I will definitely go back for more!

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2 Thank Joo Mae H
Singapore
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was beautifully plated! Both delightful to the eyes and the taste buds! Slightly disappointed with the cod main though. It didn't deliver or pack a punch like the rest of the dishes. The crew was also very kind to serve my son a dessert of his own at absolutely no charge!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Saturday
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267, Singapore
  • Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +65 6222 1616
Description
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

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Chinatown
Chinatown is a classic combination of colourful sights, enticing smells, and sometimes startling sounds. The precinct is unique, however, in its blending of religions and cultures. A Hindu temple, an Islamic mosque, and a Chinese Buddhist temple sit almost side by side. This sense of cultural harmony continues as you venture just outside of Chinatown to the nightlife areas of Club Street and Duxton Hill. There you’ll mingle with Singapore’s multicultural residents at the modern bars and restaurants dotting the bustling streets. An afternoon in and around Chinatown will leave you culturally enlightened, well fed, and loaded with souvenirs. In the evening, reward yourself with a well-deserved cocktail as the locals come out to play.
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