Bomba Paella Bar
I have always, always, been a fan of Spanish food. And it seems like these days, everyone else has jumped on the Spanish wagon too. I mean, just look at the record number of Spanish (and Spanish inspired) restaurants popping up all over our island! Some sort of Español fever is here, no doubt - boy, am I excited - and Bomba Paella is right there in the action.
It used to be that Spanish food in Singapore was as rare and authentic as say, Brazilian food? Perennially overpriced and a far cry from what you get if you could just jet off to Spain. It's still overpriced now (as is most of everything in Singapore these days), but I think we can agree that what's on offer is getting more exciting. Maybe it's the imported produce, or maybe the restaurateurs have finally nailed that social factor in Spanish cuisine, especially when it involves tapas and paella. The result is a blend of trendy concepts and better food all round. Lucky us, eh?
For some reason, I can't help ordering clams whenever I'm having tapas. A large part of it probably traces back to my phenomenal experience at Pinotxo Bar, which is as yet unmatched. Even so, Bomba Paella's clams were delicious. Fresh clams always are, especially when they're coaxed open on the fire with olive oil, tonnes of garlic, herbs, and a splash of white wine, no?
Pinchos Morunos, $21
The best dish of the night, though, even better than Bomba's namesake dish, was the Pinchos Morunos - a lovely fillet of black iberian pork marinated with olive oil, smoked pimentón i.e. spanish paprika, garlic, oregano and lemon juice. Completely tasty and full of flavour, even though the fillet was a little tougher than what I'd usually prefer. Those paprikas actually stole the show a little - they were cooked to perfection and simply fabulous with the fillet.
Langoustine, Squid and Prawns Paella, $45, Sangria Blanco, $14
The Paella, of course, was completely enjoyable, though not quite mind-blowing. The seafood were a little overcooked, which seems to be the case everywhere - I'm starting to think that seafood paella, the way it is traditionally done, may not be such a brilliant idea with crustaceans generally degenerating into rubber (for all purposes) in slow-cooked dishes. And I know the real 'legit' Spanish drink is Cava, but you know, once you're out of Spain, Sangria is somehow more quintessentially Spanish - the more 'transporting' drink, right?
Private dining area
Prices here may be a little expensive for what it is (and for the portions, too), but I can't help liking the place. Fantastic vibe and very enjoyable, well-prepared food. Also, did I mention that there's no service charge?
Recommendations: Clams, Pinchos Morunos
Bomba Paella Bar
38 Martin Road
Tel: (65) 65091680
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