The UTW (“Under Ten Words”): Spanish, classy Sangria tête-à-têtes, date night, home-style casual fine dining.
The must-orders (if any): Seafood paella.
Summary: The team was formerly from La Ventana. The home-casual space is perfect for sophisticated catchups with friends over Sangria and charcuterie or relaxed romantic dates with good food and warm, attentive service without the fuss of fine dining. The portions are small though, so bring friends to split the damage.
Gaig’s traditional cannelloni ($14). The meat filling carried the manly scent of beef but possessed a gentle, fishy softness that would surely please a royal Catalan cat.
Seafood paella ($34). The distinct rice grains possessed formidable bite – assisted by little bits of baby calamari tentacles for added crunchiness – and a home-style wok char. Elsewhere, the seafood was undeniably fresh – the clams squirted out its inner fresh brine with energetic gusto, the fish was positively Chinese in its steamed personality, and while the calamari retained its natural oceanic odour within its labyrinthine walls, it never came across as needing a bath.
Boneless suckling pig ($24.50). The tender suckling pig was slick with piggy oiliness with the skin possessing a gentle crackle, whilst elsewhere the ginger/apple/plum sauce and the celery/strawberry chunks provided freshly sweet, oil-neutralising refreshment.
Orange ice cream souffle ($10.20). This was a refreshing, albeit sweet, palate cleanser.
Grade: Nicely A2.
16 Stanley Street