Restaurant Gaig opened its Singapore offshoot of the original one-Michelin-starred eatery in Barcelona earlier this year, and we’ve been dying to check it out over since. There’s just something so tempting about authentic Spanish tapas and Catalan and Basque dishes created using family recipes that date back over a century. We finally had the chance to check out this Stanley Street spot and instantly fell in love.
Why you should come here:
Chef Carles Gaig was born into a long line of of chefs and restaurateurs. His family opened Barcelona’s Taberna d’en Gaig in 1869, and when his mother’s eyesight began to fail in the 70s, Carles took the restaurant over, eventually changing the name to Restaurant Gaig and earning the spot a Michelin star. Since then he has gone on to open Porta Gaig and Fonda Gaig in Barcelona, and most recently consulted for La Ventana right here in Singapore. With the Singapore sister of Restaurant Gaig he offers classic tapas and small plates, as well as hearty pastas and seafood stews that have been in his family’s repertoire for over 150 years.
What we love:
We had imagined that Restaurant Gaig would have a somewhat dark, dim setting like many other tapas bars around town, but actually the atmosphere here is bright and inviting with whitewashed walls, hardwood floors and cozy tables with wicker chairs. The menu presented some of our favourite classics tapas dishes, we were excited to see, as well as some interesting mains and decent bottles of wine, all at very reasonable prices.
To start we ordered the Pan con Tomate ($6.50), which came with five pieces of amazingly crunchy fresh bread drizzled with olive oil and smeared with fresh tomato, and the Jamon Iberico de Bellota ($29), paper thin slices of salty, delicious ham. If you’ve ever been to Spain, this is the same sort of quality offerings you would find at any respected tapas bar.
Next up was Gaig’s Traditional Cannelloni ($14.50), a recipe that has been on Gaig’s menu since 1869. Stuffed with braised pork and beef, the pasta is smothered in a rich, creamy sauce flecked with black truffles. This is definitely a decadent must-try. Another delectably indulgent dish is the Souffle Egg ($16.90) with potato and chorizo chips. We loved how when we broke into the souffle, the warm egg oozed out.
For mains our server suggested another traditional Spanish dish, the Squid Ink and Seafood Fideua ($29.50). Fideua is like paella, but made with short length dry pasta. The result is a very light, flavourful dish that is a great option if you don’t want a heavy rice-based paella. To wash it all down, we also had a good bottle of Rioja priced at a very reasonable $63.
The value here is pretty off the hook, as the food is authentic and very high quality, yet still very decently priced. There are lots of interesting dishes on the menu, so we suggest going with a group so you can try a variety of textures and flavours. They also have a set lunch if you work in the CBD. Do add this to your new restaurant list—you don’t want to miss out on this little Gem on Stanley Street.
Where: 16 Stanley Street
Tel: +65 6221 2134
Hours: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 10pm
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