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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Da Bomb-a!

For the longest time I've been trying to find a decent plate of paella here in Singapore; you know paella, Spanish rice cooked in a pan and served to you as is!

I'd almost given up trying to find a place, but was suggested to I try Bomba at no. 38 Martin (Martin Road). Apparently they serve the best paella in Singapore. Well I had to go and see for myself what all the fuss was about, so off I went!

The establishment is a quaint little place with two seating areas; one area at the front of the restaurant and another to the side as you walk in the door. Cosy is what I would describe it as and there is an eerie mural on the wall that looks strangely like Penelope Cruz!

The food itself is on the slightly pricey side; sadly it's pretty much the norm over here, but I have to say each dish was quite good. On our little eating escapade we ended up ordering:

Arroz Negro - delicious and luxurious finely chopped squid and squid ink melded with butter and the bomba rice just tasted so decadent, I had to finish it off
Paella Valenciana - the traditional drier paella, wholesome and flavorful, though the chicken was a tad dry
Sautéed clams - simple, clean and downright tasty
Classic tortilla - a potato based cake of goodness
Grilled Octopus - devilishly tender yet so flavorful and moist, this was everyone's favorite
Gambas Al Ajillo - a cocoette of prawns in a rich olive oil, galric, chili and parsley. We couldn't get enough of the sauce

And to finish off the night I ended up ordering the Pineapple Gazpacho, Basil and Black Pepper Granite. Truly delicious!

If you're out to impress a friend or just up for some close to authentic Spanish paella and tapas this is the place to go! Be warned though you've got a limited seating window and you meal may break the bank! But who wants to die an unhappy eater?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Taste of Penang South of the Causeway

Every year a little piece of Penang descends on Singapore via the 'Penang Hawker Fare' at the York Hotel. With a craving of late for Penang staples such as Char Kway Teow, Assam Laksa and Prawn Noodles the family and I decided to revisit this yearly event.

Sadly to our disappointment every dish was laden with so much chilli and spice we could hardly taste anything; to me the biggest indication that food quality has gone awry is when the cook tries to mask everything with chilli!

The free flow bundung and line juice were so watered down I could have almost swam in it. The only real saving grave of the evening were the desserts of: ice kachang, chedol and ban chang kueh. Such a stark contrast to the last time we were in the exact same place two (or was it three years ago?)

They say that 20 famous hawkers from Penang were on hand to prepare and cook the food; sadly it seems in the time since my last visit they've lowered their expectations and are more interested in perusing the '$' than to serve tasty food.

I left stuffed but not happily stuffed, sure it's a buffet but at the end of the day no matter how much you eat, if you can't walk away happy then there's no point returning again!


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