Esquina Modern Spanish Tapas in Singapore

The name Esquina means corner in Spanish, and this little tapas restaurant is located on the corner of Teck Lim Road and Jiak Chuan Road in Chinatown. Think modern and playful tapas dishes with influences from molecular gastronomy. You can go à la carte or sit back and let the chefs spoil you with their tasting menu. Signatures include the chorizo croquetas with piquillo mayo and the Spanish nigiri – a Bacalao brandade (salted cod) topped with roasted bell pepper disguised like a Japanese piece of sushi. We enjoyed the snacks more than the big plates, but the meal ended on a high note with two signature desserts – sangria sorbet and BBC (beer, banana, and caramel).

Looking for more great spots for food and drinks in Singapore? Check out our foodie map of Singapore.

Restaurant Esquina in Singapore
Restaurant Esquina in Singapore
Tsarskaya oyster, jalapeño ponzu, salmon roe & pickled ginger flower.
Tsarskaya oyster, jalapeño ponzu, salmon roe & pickled ginger flower.
The Spanish nigiri – bacalao brandade (salted cod) topped with roasted bell pepper.
The Spanish nigiri – bacalao brandade (salted cod) topped with roasted bell pepper.
Esquina's Spanish omelette – confit onion, potato, and olive oil "caviar ."
Esquina’s Spanish omelette – confit onion, potato, and olive oil “caviar .”
Chorizo Iberico croqueta with piquillo mayo.
Chorizo Iberico croqueta with piquillo mayo.
Grilled baby romaine lettuce, cider vinegar, herb yogurt & crunchy macadamia nuts.
Grilled baby romaine lettuce, cider vinegar, herb yogurt & crunchy macadamia nuts.
Grilled Spanish octopus, Jerusalem artichoke purée, burnt onion & oyster leaf.
Grilled Spanish octopus, Jerusalem artichoke purée, burnt onion & oyster leaf.
Salt & pepper squid with black ink aioli.
Salt & pepper squid with black ink aioli.
Suckling pig mini slider.
Suckling pig mini slider.
Chocolate sorbet, sea salt & olive oil "caviar."
Chocolate sorbet, sea salt & olive oil “caviar.”

 

Cone of Sangria sorbet.
Cone of Sangria sorbet.
Head chef at Esquina – Carlos Montobbio.
Head chef at Esquina – Carlos Montobbio.

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