Food author Brian Kennett stumbles upon a Spanish gem on Bukit Timah Road.
The beautifully named My Little Spanish Place (619 Bukit Timah Road) is up there on the “ouch-o-meter” in terms of expense, but it’s worth every single paseta. Hand on heart, it was one of the best lunches I’ve enjoyed in my seven years in Singapore.
We were originally hunting out a laksa place called Mary’s on the Corner that came highly regarded in Andrew Zimmerman’s book, Bizarre Foods. However, after driving for an age, we discovered that the place had been shut down and replaced by a modern bar.
To the actual restaurant. And if you like pig – well, more to the point, if you like cured hams – you are going to love this joint. It is Iberico heaven.
Filipino chef Edward Esmero is truly amazing. Dipping into the Spanish and Portuguese heritage from the Philippines and marinating it with the absolute traditions of Spanish cuisine, Esmero has created something special. He bangs out amazing dish after amazing dish.
We simply had to order the special of Tabla de Cinco Jamones (a serving platter of five hams) as well as the Tabla de Quesos (five different cheeses). Just for the meat platter I would return here; the Iberico hams were better than those I ate at Harrods last year.
We also dived into the Tortilla de Patata con Alioli, which was like a frittata filled with potato and accompanied with tasty garlic mayo. The Chorizo Crostini with melted Spanish cheese hit the spot, as did a delicate tomato carpaccio.
There’s more. We were lured in by the Croquetas, a creamy, dreamy mash potato, by the Pan con Tomate, a Spanish version of bruschetta, and by the olives marinated with chili padi and lemon juice – stunning. Perhaps topping the lot though was the Chuletillas y Huevos or grilled octopus served with a sauce of red and green capsicum.
Believe it or not, there was room for a dessert, and you simply have to try Leche Merengada: ice cream with cinnamon and lemon zest, with dessert wine poured over the top. Sensational. As Muhammad Ali said far too often: “I shall return”.
Read more of Brian’s food adventures here.