29 Keong Saik Road
This tapas and wine bar is the latest spot to open along Keong Saik Road, and recognises that it has a lot of competition in the area.
The menu and atmosphere have a relaxed Mediterranean vibe; the super-cool décor is a jazzy blend of modern and vintage that trendy types will enjoy. There’s a surprise waiting in the toilets (bear with me) – a jukebox for those queuing or dolling themselves up.
With a focus on great wine, the menu is not huge, but the dishes are good and worth a try. The small plates are simple, but hearty – like the cheese platter ($18), ibérico ham platter ($23), Spanish omelette ($10) and the Bikini ($10): black truffles, Manchego cheese and ibérico ham served with toasted bread.
The wine list is the biggest draw, with a great selection by the glass that is surprisingly affordable. For wine novices, the menu is helpfully laid out by country with easy-to-digest information, plus the staff offer great tips to help you decide. If you’re a sucker for fizz, their Noche y Dia cava (brut and rosé) is a reasonable $13 a glass and a bottle of Mionetto Sergio Prosecco goes for $60. The Spanish Canestruc Tinto Cabernet Sauvignon ($13/glass) is a delight, plus there are a few craft beers on offer from $15 or El Bulli chef Ferran Adrià’s creation, Estrella Damm Inedit, for very refined chaps.