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“Great Spanish food by award winning Les Amis group.”
Review of La Taperia

La Taperia
Ranked #712 of 14,048 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: Spanish
Neighbourhood: Central Area/City Area
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Neighbourhood: Central Area/City Area
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Although tucked away along a long corridor on the second floor in the newly renovated wing of Shaw Centre, the La Taperia is not difficult to find. Established 2 years and 4 months ago on October 2014, this Spanish outlet by award wining Les Amis group is just the venue for either a quick meal, a romantic night out, for chilling out with the guys or a business lunch. Affordable booze, tapas and piped Spanish music, a warm decor comfortable seats and dim lighting sets the mood for a fun-filled gathering or private intimate dining. Framed Spanish posters fill the walls, and displays of wine bottles and glasses very much create the mood.

We had lunch at La Taperia and selected the Set Lunch Menu as this seems the best value for your buck. Amongst the selection of 8 Appitisers, 8 mains and 6 deserts, we shared the Marinated White Anchovy salad with mesclun, fine bean, green olives, soft-boiled egg & tomato vinaigrette and the Beef Carpaccio with soft-boiled egg, manchego cheese, toasted pine nuts & truffle aioli dressing. For the mains, we shared Grilled Spanish Iberico Pork Shoulder with apple, brussels sprouts & smoked bacon and the Free Range Chicken Leg slow-cooked in Spanish beer. For deserts, we had Churros with cinnamon sugar & chocolate sauce, Sorbet of forest berries. The 3 course set menu costing $35.00 plus plus includes coffee or tea.
The service was attentive, polite and efficient. I note that after the appetisers, the waitress changed our plates, and again before our deserts. When clearing our plates for deserts, she also wet wiped the table to clear any spilled sauces. We asked for serving spoons and were given appropriate cutlery for each dish. Some customers would take these all for granted, but it’s attention to small details like these that make the grade!

The food was good on all counts. I found the appetisers well seasoned, and the flavors well balanced. The white anchovies were halved, and not salty at all, pairing well with the tartness of the green olives. The chicken meat was very tender, and literally falling off the bone. Well seasoned and delicious. The Iberico Pork Shoulder was slightly tough, and at one end slightly undercooked. We liked the Sorbet of forest berries which had the strong flavour and acidity of the berries and the grittiness of berry seeds. I found the Churros crunchy but slightly oily.
There’s an extensive wine list;11 different whiskeys and 6 types of liqueurs including Tequila to choose from. Toilets are outside the restaurant, to your left as you exit and near the escalators. It’s wheel chair friendly. Lot’s of baby high-chairs noted at the entrance. No free WiFi.

La Tapreia is located at 1 Scotts Road, #02-10/11 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208. Tel: 6737 8336 if you wish to call in to make a reservation. I made my reservation on-line through their website.

Date of visit: January 2017
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5  Thank John-KT-Lim
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

After hearing a lot about this place, decided to give it a try recently. Avoided the set meal (possibly a mistake) and went for a la carte (my friend wanted to try the paella, which was not part of the set). The squid-ink paella was...different. It was charred and stuck to the pan; we had to literally scrape it off. Furthermore, the prawns were rubbery, tasteless and uncooked. While I am not a big paella fan to begin with (and certainly not an expert), it is possible that this was the worst paella I have ever had. The only decent thing we had were the mozzarella sticks that we tried as appetisers.

Date of visit: December 2016
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1  Thank Ulysses S
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Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

I am travelling round the world for almost 30 years and therefore have eaten in many, many places but tonights dinner is for sure amongst my top 3. Everything was perfect from the moment i reserved the place (i was informed that i got the last table, near the kitchen, then got a confirmation via email and even a phone call to confirm again) until we left the restaurant (the chief called me by my Name which he could only know through my reservation). The service was fast, efficient and friendly in a very easy and natural way. We ordered a variety of tapas and we got them, without asking, not all of them together but one after another so that we could enjoy it. The quality of the food is very good. If you order Tapas try the thin french baguette which comes toasted...yummy.
At the end i asked for a Carajillo (black coffee with spanish Brandy). Although its not on the menue they did it for me. Just perfect.
I cant wait to come again and suggest this place to my friends.

Date of visit: December 2016
1  Thank Roland Z
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

Went here on a Saturday night with my wife and had a very pleasant meal. Good service throughout, the place was packed and every dish we ordered came out above expectations.

Few things to improve on: the timing of dishes could have been better (our first serving of dishes were all our carbs: patatas bravas, pan con tomate & croquetas, 2nd serving was only mushrooms, last serving took 30mins for our final tapas plate of steak). It would be better to serve out in quicker succession and more cohesive. We also had 3 to 4 waiters repeatedly coming to our table asking if we wanted to buy more drinks or want more ice water. Bit disruptive so assigning fixed waiters to "zones" would be more pleasant.

Price is on the high side for both food and wine and hope they'll add more veggie dishes to balance it out better.

Recommended though and we'll def be back.

Date of visit: November 2016
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1  Thank jurganito
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

Expectations were high, as La Taperia is part of the Les Amis group and we were not disappointed. We went as a party of six for dinner on a Saturday evening. When we arrived at 8 pm, the place was buzzing with a positive vibe - there was a party in the wine cellar and others were dining on the balcony. Despite this, service was prompt. We decided to have an ''all-tapas" dinner with just one main.

The outstanding tapas were:
ANCHOAS EN PAN DE CRISTAL - an anchovy fillet on a bed of finely chopped tomatoes on crystal bread, drizzled with garlic and olive oil. Simple, yet flavourful, the saltiness of the anchovy nicely balanced by the sweet, piquant tomatoes.
CROQUETAS DE MANCHEGO- Croquette of manchego cheese bechamel. A surprise hit with all - was voted as best tapa by our party.
PULPO A LA GALLEGA - octopus in Galician style. Served on potato slices, the octopus was firm, without being chewy.
ALBÓNDIGAS EN SALSA IBÉRICA - meatballs (mixed meat) in chorizo iberico sauce. Fork tender meatballs and truly yummy sauce - makes you want to lick all the sauce off the dish!
COSTILLITAS DE CORDERO A LA PARRILLA - grilled lamb rib confit with honey mustard sauce. Tender meat, dropping off the bone with a fantastic sauce.

Our main was SUPER-COCHINILLO CONFIT - a suckling pig confit with peaches and caramelised onions. While good, we probably were already satiated and impressed by the tapas and hence did not find this dish that outstanding.

For drinks - we took a jug of Sangria Tinto - very worthwhile as it gave us 8 glasses.

The maitre di was very informative and advised us NOT to order extra bread - which was good advice (it would have just filled us up with empty calories!)

Looking forward to our next visit.

Date of visit: November 2016
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Thank Grace L
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