Sunday, March 17, 2013
The Bar at Catalunya in Singapore
Tables at Catalyuna have been known to be hard to get, in part because of its unique glass-covered venue on the waterfront of the Fullerton Pavilion (82 Collyer Quay, 6534-0188), but also because it's staffed with former Santi and El Bulli folks. My trick, thus, with such high-demand situations is to hit the bar instead of trying to get seated at a table. And it worked today, as we were able to walk right in on a Sunday afternoon for a quick snack and drinks.
Granted, at such a place, things will get expensive, and the jamón ibérico here, while good, wasn't anything that I'll pay for again at S$55 (US$44)...I'd rather just go to Los Primos. But even something as simple as the pa amb tomàquet was a good illustration of the kitchen's much more discerning approach with food, with sweet ripe tomatoes and a fruity olive oil topping an airy bread that was perfectly seasoned. I recall similarly gobbling up multiple plates of tapas and wine last time I was here for a corporate event a few months ago.
Speaking of drinks and the bar, the other thing that these guys take a lot of pride in is their cocktails. And since these guys were touting some award-winning drink here called Stairway to Heaven, I figured that I might as well try it. I absolutely loved this celery/pineapple/vanilla rum-based drink with egg-white and cilantro on top, so much that I really wanted to get another if we had more time. Either way, I'll definitely be back someday for a delicious - if expensive - snack.
Digested at 4:56 PM
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