Tonite I am invited to a food tasting session by OpenRice. The restaurant is located in the middle of a row of shophouses. Its dine in area is small with both indoor and outdoor. With brick textured wall, wooden shelves on the wall and warm orange lights, it gives one a homey and cozy feeling. Most of the items in the restaurant are imported from Spain, including sparkling wine and sparkling water, as well as, the rice been used to the paella.
The restaurant is turning itself to a Jamon Bar, which is unheard of in Singapore as a leg of jamon cannot keep for long once it is been used. It served 5 different types of Jamon at the counter, with the oldest about 5-6 years old to the youngest about 18 months old and each costing about an average of $8000. The jamon has to be craved as flat and straight as possible and staffs have to be trained to do it.
Tonite we served with dishes by its new co-chef Chef Edward Esmero. He is a Filipino who specializes in Spanish food. He has worked in various places around the world, including Gordon’s Grill of Goodwood Park Hotel.
Sangria Tinta (Red) ($12/ glass, $42/jar)
We start the meal with a glass of Sangria Tinta (Red) each.
Next we have a selection of jamon and cheese from the deli, served with lightly toasted bread.
10 Vetas ($16/ 25grams)
This jamon ham is made of black pig and is about 2.5years old.
It tastes quite flavourful and tender.
Fermin ($7/ 25 grams)
This jamon ham is made of white pig and is about 18mths old.
Although it looks less drier compares to the other jamon, it tastes slightly less flavourful.
Manchego ($8/ 50grams)
It is a type of queso (Spanish Cheese). It is made from sheep and the texture is hard. It is served with fruit paste. The sweet taste from Quince Paste (a type of fruit paste) balances the strong taste of the cheese.
Aceitunas Romero ($6)
Marinated olives in rosemary and lemon garlic
Its simple and sharp taste opens up one’s appetite.
Croquetas ($12/ 4pcs)
Lightly fried jamon-stuffed creamy croquettes.
Inside it is filled yummy soft mashed potatoes with bits of the flavourful ham. I would prefer the outside to be a bit more crispier. The onion alioli which is served with it, adds another dimension of flavour to it. The onion alioli is made in house and sold off the counter in jar of 240 grams. It is a classic sauce and could go well with anything such as potato chips.
Gambas al Ajillo ($16)
A traditional house favourite. Fresh shrimp cooked in a dish of boiling olive oil with garlic and chili pepper.
It looks rather oily and spicy but the spicy taste is just a hint. The sliced bread tastes great with the olive oil sauce. The prawns is fat and juicy.
Champinones al Horno ($15/ 3pcs)
Tender mushroom stacks topped with shrimp, richly flavored in garlic and olive oil.
It looks simple, but with one bite, the mushroom bursts out with juice all over the place. The mushrooms have been grilled before roasting in the oven. This helps the mushrooms to contain all the juice within themselves. And beware that it is quite hot too.
Tortilla de Patata con Alioli ($8/ 4pieces)
Potato Omelette with Alioli
The national dish of Spain. Traditional Spanish egg omelette with potatoes and onions, served with homemade alioli.
It looks like a multi layered omelette. With a bite, you will tastes the soft potato with the sweet onion in it.
Paella de la Casa ($52/ small, $94/ large)
The house Paella is a full-flavored recipe made with special ingredients including black mussels, chorizo, prawns, and chicken.
The rice is flavoured with saffron, which gives it a unique flavour.
Arroz Negra ($46/ small, $82/ large)
Black Ink Paella
Literally ‘black rice’, the Arroz Negra is flavored with a black squid ink broth with prawns and squid, served with a side of alioli.
It takes about 20 mintues to be cooked, which is shorter than the other dish as seafood takes a shorter time to be cooked. The rice is moist and tangy with the lemon juicy and alioli mixed into it.
Next we are each served a Dessert Platter.
Churros con Chocolate ($12)
Star-shaped dough pastry sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, served with warm chocolate.
The churros tastes light and crispy on its own. Dipped in the rich chocolate, it is so sinfully yummy.
This hand-churned ice-cream uses milk and fresh fruit to make. It has to churn by hand constantly. It tastes milky and refreshing, totally different from the usual strawberry ice-cream
Tarta de Chocolate ($14)
A triple layer of crumbly crust, a truffle-like interior, and a shiny glaze make this tartlet irresistible to chocolate lovers. Served with homemade ice-cream.
The chocolate filling is thick and rich which will be well loved by chocolate lovers. It is served with crushed almond cookies and olive oil. No wonder it is an award winning dessert.
Overall the food is great. But it would be great to come in group, in order to try out more dishes, as dishes as Paella is huge in serving.
My Little Spanish Place
Address : 619 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269720
Tel : 6463 2810
Operating Hours : 6.30pm to 11pm (Tues to Sun), 11am to 3pm (Sat & Sun)
Website : http://www.mylittlespanishplace.com.sg
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/mylittlespanishplace