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.
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