Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

Yeah this good grub at Tapas Club @ Orchard Central. Remember we ate at Tapas Club @ VivoCity one day. When paying, Amy asked me what a certain vegetable was that was in their store? I explained it was an artichoke. She said; “Just like on The Final Table.” The guy behind the jump then kicks in asking us if we watch that programme and we respond yes, and that we love it. Guess what the owner of Tapas Club was one of the Chefs on that very programme. Amaze-balls small worlds yet again in the world of food. He now has Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia locations too – seriously give them a go.

One-star Michelin Chef Manuel Berganza won acclaim as Chef at Sergi Arola Gastro and La Broche in Madrid. He popped over to New York to open Andanada, which got him his Michelin Star, and then came to our Red Dot to open Tapas Club.  Nice!!!

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

Here is the great man himself – look out for him and say Hi!!!

We were on Orchard Road for me. I needed to get a new AppleMac so I can continue to write these reviews, and all the ChillaxBBQ stuff. I wonder why I needed a new one. How about asking Jude and two cans of Orange Fanta… Say no more. So there were were. Cuppage Lane was all shut so we walked to Orchard Road, and I espied the words Spanish and Tapas. Decision made. Then it was Amy that again chimed in, recognising it as the very same chain @ Vivo. So, of course, for lunch today family Kennett frequented Tapas Club @ Orchard Central, and had a very happy and stonking lunch!!!

Let’s have a look shall we?

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

Holy shit yes. Creamy as you like Jamon Croquettes. Soft, fluffy and creamy mashed potato, with small pieces of cured ham, breaded and deep-fried. I mean what is not to like about that combination. 2 of them please garcon!!!

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

Likewise garcon, we’ll have to of the Iberico cured ham platters please, as I think Jude just ate the first one all to himself. Little bugger. This stuff is just off the charts. Smoky and salty and sweet all in one. And so tender, just buttery. Damn fine. Served with a little bruschetta style bread. Yep this is killer!!!

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

Shitty picture sorry. But absolutely delicious, believe me. This was devoured, and more bread ordered to finish off that unctuous sauce. This is the Gambas Alajillo. Garlic prawns with some chili and paprika I assume. Stunning!

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

My Mary was absolutely in heaven because she can order this. Her favourite of all time. Before the main piece though, a call out to the spuds. Holy crap. Delicious, and a little dip in the garlic mayo and BOOM. WOW! Now to the 8 legged thing, well two on the plate. Pulpo a la Brasa, or grilled octopus in other words. Apparently this was stellar, according to wifey.

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

Oh yes indeed this was super duper. Cazuela de Setas al Ajillo. Cured ham and a perfectly poached, almost onsen egg sat atop garlic mushrooms. I shit you not. Jude had the honour of popping the egg so the egg yolk oozed all over the place and that was that, it was gone. Just a brilliant sharing dish!

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

Oh my. Sweating a little right now as I type this. You want a kick arse lamb shank? Look no further. Absolutely insanely good is this one. Tender as anything I have eaten before. Super flavourful. And the lamb fats then drip all over the spuds below and jeeze they almost mash in to the most amazing, quasi bubble and squeak roasties. Off the charts this dish. Off the charts. I think they underplay it by calling it just lamb shank. So let’s give it a more romantic, befitting Spanish ‘flavour’ = Jarrette de Cordero. This is a MUST order if you dine here.

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

Clearly not one for me – but this went down very well (scuse the pun) for Mary and Ollie. This is the Spanish Mackerel with tomatoes and Chorizo. I have to say it looks really good, but that is one fishy fish ha ha. Caballa, Chorizo Y Tomate.

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

Grilled Iberico Pork up next. Hmmm – I might have a wee dig at this one. Quite a lot of gristle in there guys, and for me, more seasoning pretty please. Accompanying salad was great with it – nice acidic and nutty twist.

Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

OK OK, I promise, final dig. I am a creme brulee NUT. I cannot get enough of the stuff. But when in Bali I was SPOILT ROTTEN with the best one ever, at Spice by Chef Chris Salans. So now I have no option but to compare to that dreamy moment. This was really good, don’t get me wrong, a brilliantly crisp sugar crunch, a genius inclusion of cinnamon, but… I think overcooked a little, or is that just me.

So there you have it – our wonderful Spanish lunch diversion as supplied by Tapas Club @ Orchard Central. It’s cracking. Family Kennett had a brilliant time. We’ll surely be back if Vivo or Orchard way again. Hopefully not because of Orange Fanta on my new Mac. Cough Cough. Hoping the snaps get you going. It’s really super food, so go get some and seriously – ENJOY!!!

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