Friday, September 14, 2012

Octapas @ Clarke Quay


There are days when you don't know where to go for meals, and you just wander around hoping to strike gold. Today was such a day. Walked along Clarke Quay on a Sunday late morning, where most restaurants are still closed from the hangover yesterday night. Saw that this Spanish tapas place called Octapas opened, and decided to check the food here.

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It will be so wrong if we give up on the official summer drink of Spain - Red Sangria (S$65 per jug) - This Spanish punch is made from red wine, brandy and fruits soaked in the alcoholic punch for hours. Very easy to drink and great for a warm afternoon.

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We like the fact that the whole place is air conditioned, yet it feels we are having our lunch along the streets.

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Complimentary iced water.

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A meaty Beef and Pork Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (S$14)

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Pan fried snapper with Romesco sauce (S$15.50). Was quite average.

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We absolutely enjoyed the Bacon-wrapped Prawns with tomato salsa (S$16). I guess such a combination of bacon and prawns always works.

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Equally delish was this Sautéed shrimps in garlic and olive oil (S$15). The rpawns here are deshelled, and fresh.

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The tapas still continues to come out of the kitchen. Grilled squid with balsamic vinegar reduction (S$16). Squid was tender.

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Some veges to go along, like this Stuffed Piquillo peppers with cod (S$17.50). Can't really taste the cod fish which was stuffed inside.

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Now, this dish took like 20 minutes to prepare, so order it early. Paella Negra blackened by squid ink and topped with fresh squid (S$35 for 2, but portion is good for 4). Not bad but I seriously miss Chef Jason Tan's version when he was with Julien Bompard. Jason is now with Justin Quek at Sky57 @ MBS. For those who has not tried squid ink dishes before, please don't get a shock when you go to the toilet the very next day (details of which will be withheld).

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Cool place for brunch or drinks.


Octapas
3D River Valley Road,
#01-08
Clarke Quay

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