Tapas Club – Orchard Central

In the Singapore culinary context, there is always some interest in Spanish cuisine. Tapas Club, situated in Orchard Central is a restaurant set up with a focus on serving authentic Spanish cuisine at an affordable price. The space lends itself to a casual tapas dining concept. The decor has glazed wall tiles, wrought iron grills and wine barrels. The celebratory music adds to the upbeat vibe of the restaurant.

Tapas Club decor

Tapas Club decor

Tapas Club decor

Tapas Club decor

The Orders
Since the restaurant aims at serving tapas, the plates are perfect for sharing. The menu hits the right spot in its simplicity and attempts to showcase Spanish dishes by keeping it minimal in terms of ingredients. Bar snacks in a Spanish restaurant are incomplete without ordering a plate of ‘Patatas Bravas’ . The crisp and deep-fried potatoes blanketed in spicy brava and alioli sauce were a good start to the meal.

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas at $9.90

Next, we ordered what turned out to be my favourite dish of the meal – the ‘Croquetas De Setas’ which are basically Mushroom Croquettes. These were deep-friend, made wonderfully creamy using Bechamel and turned out to be extremely tasty tidbits of Spanish goodness. I know quite a few people who are not a fan of mushrooms – but this dish is highly recommended.
Mushroom croquettes

Croquetas De Setas at $10.90

A unique dish to try here is the ‘Padron Peppers’ which originate from the region of Padron in the northwest of Spain. These tiny peppers are cooked with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. They are usually mild in taste. The Tapas Club version had a certain amount of juiciness to it and tasted better with a squeeze of lemon.
Padron Peppers

Padron Peppers at $13.90

We also tried the ‘Spanish Omelette’ which is a fritata made up of potatoes and eggs in an open-faced style. The omelette was well seasoned, dense and rich. It can be easily shared and can be considered a “main”.
Spanish Omelette

Spanish Omelette at $9.90

For a more filling option, we ordered the ‘Vegetable Paella’ which was loaded with greens. The rice was cooked with the right amount of smoky and charred flavour and the vegetables were cooked al dente that added to the texture and colour. On the whole, a good dish but it was lacking in salt.
Vegetables Paella

Vegetables Paella at $20

For an overall reasonable and authentic Spanish tapas casual dining experience, Tapas Club is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Spanish ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Somerset
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #02-13 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Timings: Mon-Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm ; Fri-Sun: 12pm – midnight
Website: http://www.tapasclub.com/

Barrio by Mexout – 313 Somerset

The ever-bustling 313 Somerset is a favourite hangout place for many who stroll along Orchard Road. The latest entrant in this space with its absolutely hard-to-miss splash of fairy lights and major party vibes is Barrio by Mexout. With Mexican grub being its forte and a solid reputation built with its first outlet at Raffles Place (review can be read here), their ‘Make Salsa Not War’ signage had me looking forward to the meal. As queues thronged (fret not, the queue moves fast!) outside this Mexican beer garden setup, I was impressed with the overall decor, especially the sombrero lamp shades.

Barrio by Mexout

Barrio by Mexout

The Orders
Barrio by Mexout has a variety of Mexican street food offerings along with Mexican beers and margaritas – yes, perfect for an evening vibe! They have an elaborate drinks menu for those who are interested but we stuck to the food menu for this outing.

Barrio food menu

Barrio by Mexout food menu

Few pairings work better than crispy ‘Tortilla Chips and Salsa’ for a Mexican starter. The medium spiced salsa tingled the taste buds without raising the bites to extreme fiery levels. Good to munch, share and revel in the atmosphere.
Tortilla chips with salsa

Tortilla chips with salsa at $4.50

If you are looking for a zesty appetizer that bursts with flavour, look no further than the ‘Stuffed Jalapenos’. This dish is basically crunchy peppers stuffed with chewy cheese and pack a fiery punch in one small bite. And there’s always the refeshing ‘Lime Juice’ to blow off the steam from your palate. Highly recommended.
Stuffed Jalapenos

Stuffed Jalapenos ($8.40 for 4pcs)

Lime Juice

Lime Juice

There are vegetarian options in any form of main dish you choose : wraps, rice bowls, tortas (Mexican burgers) and tacos. We ordered the ‘Vegetables De La Cruz rice bowl’ which was a plate brimming with many ingredients on top of the base layer of rice. The ingredients consist of a delectable mix of black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream that merge and provide ample flavour along with rice to make a pleasurable dish. The guacamole made by mashing up fresh avocado with lime, salt, cilantro, red onions and tomato was delicious and top-notch. We ordered the same dish as a burrito as well, but that became slightly messy to eat.
Vegetables De la cruz

Vegetables De La Cruz at $13.40

Vegetarian burrito

Vegetarian burrito at $13.40

If you enjoy Mexican cuisine and you want to experience authentic taste at affordable prices, then Barrio by Mexout might appeal to you, especially with its convenient location and a smart positioning as a hangout place.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mexican ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Somerset
Address: 13 Orchard Road, 313 Somerset, #01-14/15, Singapore 238895
Timings: Sun-Thu: 11am – 10.30pm ; Fri-Sat: 11m – 11pm
Website: http://mexout.com/