From the folks behind noted joints Pump Room and Highlander, check out these two other restaurants in their stable. Take your pick of Spanish tapas at Octapas Spanish Tapas Bar, with its latest exotic creations. If Asian is more your thing, try the Asian nibbles at the newly opened TigerLily Bar & Bites.
Octapas at Clarke Quay has launched a new ‘Bay of Biscay menu of rustic Basque creations to add to their already extensive menu. Consultant chef Javier Lecumberri, modeled these dishes after his hometown San Sebastian cuisine in Northern Spain. Being on Bay of Biscay’s Southern coast, there’s good seafood selections. The chef’s masterpiece is Lubina en Salsa Verda ($17.50), a mildly sweet seabass topped with mussels in a delicious silky rich yet healthy broth. Being near the French border, there’s some French influence in the food as well. Pechuga de Pato ($20), pan-seared duck breast glazed with a sweet caramelized orange, is reminiscent of the French duck confit.
For the adventurous, Huevo Escalfado con Setas – Poached Egg with Shitake Mushroom and Truffle Oil ($12) is an interesting mushroom dish served in a cup. Squid ink lovers will take to Calamares en su Tinta ($15) where the fresh squid is cooked in its own black ink. If you prefer more familiar favourites, have the Calamares a la Parrilla – Grilled Squid ($16) and Sautéed Mushrooms in Sherry & Garlic Sauce ($9.50). Tocino Envuelto Gambas ($16.50), a must try delicious prawns wrapped in Crispy Bacon treat you won’t be able to get enough of.
For sheer vege-bliss, tuck into Barenjena Tostade ($9.50) with mixed vegetables atop warm toast. No Spanish meal is complete without the Paella, there’re 4 choices to choose from. The classic Valenciana Paella ($40 for 2 pax portion, $60 for 4 pax portion) is a hearty creation with mussels, prawns, chicken and sausages. If there’s only room for one dessert, pick Platano de Filo y Helado ($12), a yummy banana pastry dessert topped with ice cream and nuts.
Happy hour starts at an extremely attractive hour of 3pm till 8pm, you’ll also get Sangria at a steal of $8.85 nett. Must try new drinks are the Cava cocktails, Cava being Spanish sparkling wine. The signature Agua de Valencia ($16) is one delicious concoction and other interesting choices include Rebujito ($15), Lychee Sangria ($15), Cava Mojito ($16). If you prefer beer, enjoy a wide beer selection including Spanish beer Estella ($14-330ml) that even has a 750ml bottle option ($38) for the really thirsty diners.
TigerLily, a brand new tapas bar, opens its door in a nice quaint spot at Block 7 Dempsey recently. Step inside and you will notice very strikingly the 88 birdcage lights giving an all very surreal old Shanghai touch. Sit outdoors, enjoy the lush greenery & relax away from the bustling city life. Asian tapas seem pretty much in vogue now and TigerLily serves up a wide selection of hearty bar bites with Asian flavour, mostly served in dim sum-like baskets.
You can find Asian favourites like Chicken satay in peanut sauce ($11), Sesame coated pork stripes with sweet and sour sauce ($12), smoked duck wraps ($14) or western comfort foods like truffle fries ($14). For a more local flavour, you can go for the fried bite sized mantou (bun) to go with Singapore chili crab dip that comes with generous serving of shredded crabmeat in it ($12). The tender beef cubes with black pepper sauce ($18) served with a fiery sizzle is a must try. The meat is tender and flavourful. If you prefer seafood, there’s a pawn version ($16) for you to choose from.
For more filling bites, the Vietnamese Caramelized pork belly rolls ($14) are a delicious carb fix or try the mini burgers served in bite sized of threes. Take your pick of nice fillings of Angus beef, Tandoori chicken and smokey pulled pork for these Asian-inspired mini burgers ($14). There are also soupy options such as Vietnamese beef pho ($9) and the spicy tom yam noodles ($8) in nice mini portions for you to slurp.
On the drinks menu, you’ll be able to get a bigger Asian bottled beers range like Huda and Chang here. There are also cool ‘Asian’ cocktail creations like TigerLily Pimms ($15), a tropical fruits lemongrass take on the usual Pimms cocktail, A pick of three Mojito choices, the ladies would likely take to the Choya Mojito ($15). If you prefer something stronger, the killer Mint Julep ($15) with apricot brandy and liquor is specially burnt for a potent kick.
Both Octapas and TigerLily also have live band music to entertain diners. If you are in search of a venue to enjoy live music with good bites and interesting drinks at wallet friendly prices, they are just the place for you to kick back after a long and hectic day or simply to chill out with friends and family.
Octapas Spanish Tapas Bar
Block D, Clarke Quay, #01-08, River Valley Road, Singapore 179023
Tel: 6837 2938
TigerLily Bars & Bites
Block 7, Dempsey Road, #01-03, Singapore 249671
Tel: 6473 4500
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