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Restaurant review: Barraka on Unity Street, Singapore

11 Unity Street, #01-18/296737 9130

Establishments in Robertson Quay could easily rely on their location to keep the bank manager happy. Singapore’s newest Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, however, has been beautifully considered, right down to the terracotta serving dishes. 

We dropped by Barraka and pulled up a chair at one of the inside tables against the exposed brick wall that’ll be my next Pinterest crush. The bar is central to the restaurant, so, in the name of research, we ordered a few cocktails while we perused the menu (a mojito for me and a margarita for him, $14 each).

Our waiter suggested three tapas for two, so, of course, we chose four as Paul has a genuine fear of being left hungry after any meal. We tucked into pimientoes del piquillo ($10) – char-grilled red peppers stuffed with cream of cod and potato; our favourite patatas bravas ($6); and embutidos ($18), Serrano ham, pork poin and chorizo sausage served on a wooden platter. Our top tapas was pulpo a la gallega ($21), tender boiled octopus with red paprika.

From where we sat, we could peek into the kitchen and see the staff busily prepping our next course, big steel pots on hand to prove it. Chef Sergio Hernández Sevillano brought out steaming paella de mariscos ($38 for two), a feast of squid, clams, mussels and prawns cooked with Spanish rice. Shelling prawns with a glass of Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco ($10) to hand was delicioso.

And so to the lovely long wine list, which has a glass of cava for $6 and house wines starting from the same price. I don’t think I’d been more thrilled since I first arrived in Singapore and found Waitrose products in Marketplace. Salud!

Must-try dish: Paella de mariscos

Jess Smit