Within a year of launching its first outlet at Orchard Central in 2017, Tapas Club has unveiled three new locations across Southeast Asia: VivoCity Shopping Mall in Singapore; Setiabudi Building in Jakarta (Indonesia) and Pavilion Mall in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
The casual Spanish restaurant – already recognised for serving classic and authentic Spanish tapas – aims to offer diners a richer understanding of Spanish culture by introducing live performances and weekend specials in true Spanish style at its new VivoCity restaurant.
“As our restaurant group grows, we want to promote greater appreciation of Spanish culture. Spain is not just about Barcelona or Madrid. Every region has its own culinary charm,” says Jose Alonso, Partner and Executive Chef of Tapas Club. “Areas like Bilbao and San Sebastian may be less familiar to many of our guests, but they are equally celebrated for their pintxos bars, fresh seafood, wine and fine dining. At Tapas Club, we want to go beyond paella and croquetas to deliver a slice of Spain to Singapore through our ambience, food and drinks.”
“As we grow our regional footprint and design our menus for each new market, we take into consideration the availability of produce and the differences in taste preferences. In doing so, we tailor our approach to showcase the facets of Spanish cuisine that will appeal most to each market, while still retaining true Spanish flavour in every dish we make,” says Manuel Berganza, Executive Chef of Tapas Club.
Berganza was opening chef of the Michelin-starred, Andanada 141 restaurant in New York City before moving to Singapore.
Tapas Club’s second outlet in Singapore is located in VivoCity Shopping Mall, almost twice the size of the first Tapas Club restaurant at Orchard Central. It opened in September 2018 and features three distinct areas within the 550 sq-ft space.
The first is a cosy terrace reminiscent of a traditional Spanish terraza, with wicker seats dotted with plush cushions in shades of terracotta and sanguine on a wooden patio, amidst lush foliage that frames the terrace.
Guests can enjoy a glass of Spanish wine or sangria while watching passers-by against the backdrop of a panoramic view of Sentosa Island.
In addition, there is an indoor area inspired by a traditional Spanish taberna – the restaurant’s full-length windows are lined with draped curtains and the ceilings are adorned with hanging lamps that give off a soft, inviting glow. On each side of the restaurant, ornate, finely crafted wrought iron grilles made to emulate the look and feel of traditional Spanish houses are juxtaposed against earthy stucco walls – a common decorative finish for walls in Spain. The warm and rustic ambience replicates the look and feel of a Spanish tavern.
Lastly, the restaurant also houses a mercado where customers can purchase authentic Spanish food products as gifts or for their homes. This includes a selection of beers and wines, as well as Spanish preserves, olive oils, preserved vegetables and seafood, and signature cold cuts like Iberian ham.
Right now they have Live music shows every Thursday at Vivocity, while Saturday, Sunday and PH brunch sees the introduction of the communal paella pan.
Guests may tuck into unlimited servings of paella cooked in a 1.2-metre wide pan for only SGD10 between 12-3pm. This echoes the way Spaniards eat on weekends, where large communal sharing dishes enjoyed in a spirited, vibrant atmosphere are the norm
Highlights on the wine-friendly tapas menu
GAMBAS ALAJILLO , GARLIC PRAWNS
One of the favourite, which you can reserve some of the toasted bread for dipping, is the Gambas al Ajillo. Basically, prawns sautéed with garlic and parsley and with the rich broth, perfect for dipping that toast in.
Croquetas De Jamon (ham croquettes)
The restaurant serves signature Croquetas De Jamon – ham croquettes, a staple at any Spanish restaurant. These are encased in a puffed crumb and filled with oozy bechamel sauce and savoury Spanish Iberian ham.
Cojonudos (Pintxo of chorizo with fried quail egg)
Piquillos Rellenos (stuffed piquillo peppers with beef)
Piquillos Rellenos, deep-fried piquillo peppers stuffed with a filling of seasoned ground pork, bechamel sauce and onions, enveloped in a savoury demi-glace sauce.
Bocata de calamares (baby squid mini-burgers)
CERDO IBÉRICO GRILLED IBERICO PORK
Another meat dish is this char-grilled Ibérico pork shoulder, and it comes with an order of side dish. You can select sides smoky grilled vegetables.
The Tapas+ section of the menu offers more substantial dishes of great value. Each dish comes with one complimentary side (guests may take their pick from a selection) and is best enjoyed either as a main course or shared among friends.
Arroz Negro (squid ink Paella)
A classic addition to any Spanish meal is the Arroz Negro – a rich and briny squid ink paella that is tossed in Spanish rice with cuttlefish and clams. Atop the al-dente rice sits hefty dollops of garlic aioli which is best enjoyed mixed into the rice for a creamy, savoury finish.
Pulpo A La Brasa (grilled octopus)
Highlights include the Pulpo a la Brasa, a beautifully charred grilled octopus, served on a bed of confit potatoes then drizzled with olive oil and pimenton (ground dried Capsicum annuum chillies).
Mousse De Queso Con Frutos Rojos (Tapas club cheesecake)
CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE, CLASSIC CHURROS WITH HOT CHOCOLATE SAUCE
Churros served with chocolate sauce, and we found the version here on point, crispy crust with a rich chocolate sauce.
Tapas Club is also an ideal destination for after-work wine and cocktails (last order at 10pm on weekdays). The wine list has over 50 different labels and features a wide variety of wines from key wine producing regions in Spain.
Prices start from SGD 38 and guests have the option of ordering their wines by the glass, carafes or bottles – perfect for wine enthusiasts looking to discover more Spanish wines as all varieties are fully covered. We can find more than 8 varieties of grapes on white wines and 12 kinds of grapes on red wines, including the world acclaimed Tempranillo (signature Spanish grape).
Covering the traditional regions such us Rioja or Ribera del Duero as well as up-and-coming regions like Manchuela or Ribera del Guadiana. Tapas club offers wine dinners once every 2 months in which they immerse the clients in the fragrant world of Spanish wine through a journey of wine tasting paired with the best Spanish flavours.
In March 2019, Tapas Club will be opening its third restaurant in Singapore at the highly-anticipated Jewel Changi Airport.
Promotion wise, flamenco show every Thursday in Vivocity and on the 20th flamenco dancers performing.
Ladies Night on Wednesday where they give a free jug of sangria to lovely ladies with the minimum consumption of 5 tapas per group.
Weekend free flow brunch where they have a free flow of paella for $10** and kids under 1.20m eat for free.
181 Orchard Road, #02-13/14/15,
1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-98/99,
VivoCity Shopping Mall
|Contact:||Orchard Central: +65 3163 7577
VivoCity: +65 6284 4680