What do you think of when Spanish cuisine is mentioned? Tapas and Paella downed with liberal amount of Sangria. And you need to have the classic octopus dishes with the tapas with chorizo or Spanish pork sausages that is almost the equivalent in saltness in terms of our Lap Cheong (preserved Chinese sausage) but packed the spices and pizzaz of an Indian masala.
Of course, what else to top off the tapas with Spanish Iberian ham, only recently allowed into this country, which for what ever the reason for the ban I have no idea why. But the highlight of the evening is the book-in-advance Roast Suckling Pig (Cochinillo) which you can cut through using a plate. The ultimate stress buster – you get to smash the plate into smitterines after cutting up the pig.
I do not understand why Spanish tapas are so expensive. Chinese dimsums or Yumcha is the same concept – morsels of food delicately prepared and served. But tapas need to be more expensive. Frankly it is like our Chap Chai Rice you have at lunch, when you order dishes to share, they are scooped onto small plates and then served. But they never cost more than $5 per plate unless some kind of seafood is involved. But tapas are $15 up. Take that each dish is prepared individually, a tapas evening for 10 will cost around $100 per head, excluding the drinks. That’s what the evening ended up – we had around 20 persons and dinner was a whopping $1600+.
So not your everyday kind of restaurant but not fine dining, go once in a while to try something different, but nothing to shout about. Except for the sucking pig.
Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant
Tel: 6376 8185