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Had a lovely lunch here with tapas and cava! Trying cava for the first time and enjoyed the Iron Flute. Their pork belly is amazing too:) Service was great and the view even better!

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Caught myself almost becoming an addict to scrolling on Chope but it has led me to discover that a tapas restaurant has opened shop in my humble neighbour, yes the deserted east of Singapore: Pasir Ris. It is still peculiar to find such a cuisine in the heartlands so I told mum we should walk over to try it. The
menu is interesting with some Asian influence, think patata bravas with a sambal sauce. There are more traditional tapas like the bikini, roasted octopus and Brussels sprout we had; they were nice but each with a flaw. For example I joked with mum that the sandwich bread felt like toasted gardenia white bread and the octopus was tenderised with a nice texture but didn’t feel fresh. Don’t get me wrong gardenia bread is not bad but my spoilt palate is more accustomed to daily baked bread. Also the sweetened brussel sprout was a nice rendition but was swimming in a small pool of oil at the bottom.

Mum suggested we give the mains a chance with the full family to form our conclusive verdict of the place. I wonder which weekend that will be.

Caught myself almost becoming an addict to scrolling on Chope but it has led me to discover that a tapas restaurant has opened shop in my humble neighbour, yes the deserted east of Singapore: Pasir Ris. It is still peculiar to find such a cuisine in the heartlands so I told mum we should walk over to try it. The
menu is interesting with some Asian influence, think patata bravas with a sambal sauce. There are more traditional tapas like the bikini, roasted octopus and Brussels sprout we had; they were nice but each with a flaw. For example I joked with mum that the sandwich bread felt like toasted gardenia white bread and the octopus was tenderised with a nice texture but didn’t feel fresh. Don’t get me wrong gardenia bread is not bad but my spoilt palate is more accustomed to daily baked bread. Also the sweetened brussel sprout was a nice rendition but was swimming in a small pool of oil at the bottom.

Mum suggested we give the mains a chance with the full family to form our conclusive verdict of the place. I wonder which weekend that will be.

Caught myself almost becoming an addict to scrolling on Chope but it has led me to discover that a tapas restaurant has opened shop in my humble neighbour, yes the deserted east of Singapore: Pasir Ris. It is still peculiar to find such a cuisine in the heartlands so I told mum we should walk over to try it. The
menu is interesting with some Asian influence, think patata bravas with a sambal sauce. There are more traditional tapas like the bikini, roasted octopus and Brussels sprout we had; they were nice but each with a flaw. For example I joked with mum that the sandwich bread felt like toasted gardenia white bread and the octopus was tenderised with a nice texture but didn’t feel fresh. Don’t get me wrong gardenia bread is not bad but my spoilt palate is more accustomed to daily baked bread. Also the sweetened brussel sprout was a nice rendition but was swimming in a small pool of oil at the bottom.

Mum suggested we give the mains a chance with the full family to form our conclusive verdict of the place. I wonder which weekend that will be.

We had
- Burrata from Puglia & Proscuitto from Parma w Roasted Tomatoes & Italian Foccacia ($25)
- Signature Pork Cheek ($19)
- Squid Ink Paella ($34 for 1-2pax)
- Micasa Famous Churros served w/ Dark Chocolate & Lemon Curd ($7.5 for 3 pieces, $12 for 5 pieces)

The burrata with the foccacia was great, the pork cheek was a bit meh to me, probably could have tried the beef instead. The Squid Ink Paella was flavourful with generous amount of ingredients. The Churros were thinner than I expected, the lemon Curd is a good sauce to dip in with it.

Overall, a good place to try but for the price point, I expected more. It will be hard to get a parking lot given the location

The total bill cost us about $100

3/5

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Iberico chorizo, confit potato, and soft eggs:
The waiter will help to mix it all together to be eaten as a dip together with the bread. Can’t go wrong with sausages, potato, and eggs so it made a nice tapas. Wouldn’t order again though because I’d like to try more interesting dishes :)

Croquettes (2x crab and 2x jamon iberico):
The perfect comfort food. The croquettes were of just the right soul-warming temperature, gooey and delicious, and had a surprising smoky element to it!
My favourite dish of the night despite its simple appearance!

Squid ink paella:
Rice was nicely cooked, not too wet nor too dry! Though it could have been more flavourful. I am usually not a fan of squid because of how tough it can be, but the seafood here was all fresh and perfectly chewy.

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A great meal deserves a wonderful finale, and the Pineapple With Catalan Cream ($16++) is a fantastic finish to any & every meal at @lumbre.sg. The wood fired grill that made the meats majestic is called into action one final time to grill up a sixth (?) of a pineapple, and it transformed Spongebob’s old house into a delightful dessert.⠀

Pineapple is absolutely divine when grilled, as the heat evaporates the water in the fruit to leave behind all those lovely sugars. Lumbre’s pineapple took it up a notch, adding that sexy smokiness to the concentrated sweetness of the sweet & tangy pineapple. While the pineapple did lose some of its water content, it’s still plenty juicy, and every bite is bursting with its sweet & sour juices, enhanced by the smoke imparted from the grill.⠀

The pineapple is stellar on its own, but trust Lumbre to turn it up to eleven with a generous application of Catalan cream all over the pineapple flesh. Catalan cream is similar to crème brûlée, but it’s made with milk whereas its French counterpart is made with cream. This gives it a heavier, milkier taste & consistency, and I’d call it a charming cross between ice cream and custard. Cross the Catalan cream with this grilled pineapple, and you get a divine dessert fit for the greatest of meals.⠀

Look Spongebob, I’m sorry your house got repossessed, but this pineapple dessert is absolute FIRE.

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No meal is a proper one without dessert, and @lumbre.sg trio of desserts are fit to finish any meal on a sweet note. All the desserts are priced rather reasonably at sixteen bucks each before additional surcharges, so glucose enthusiasts will be quite thrilled.⠀

First up was the tiramisu, which did seem a little out of place on a Spanish restaurant’s menu. However, it rightfully deserved its spot on the menu, as it was a delightful dessert. It’s utterly inundated with extra strong espresso, which has fully permeated everything from the sponge of the ladyfingers to the mascarpone cheese. There may be coffee liqueur within, but all I know is that this potent dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you a caffeine boost.⠀

The second dessert was the Caramelised French Toast, but this French toast is superior to any other versions you may have had before. The thick pillar of bread is exceedingly eggy, as the center of it is effectively a custard. No joke, slicing into this excitingly eggy French Toast will reveal a slightly flow-y, molten custard core, and each superbly spongy & sweet bite will bring ecstasy to all consumers.⠀

While I’m always receptive to a brilliantly boozy rum & raisin ice cream, the r&r ice cream served on the side of this fabulous French toast was a bit disappointing. It was still very much frozen over, as I was crunching into little shards of ice within what I was expecting to be a smooth, creamy & boozy ice cream. Can’t win ‘em all, I guess.

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Yet another pasta offering by @lumbre.sg is the Rigatoni Pasta Stuffed with Seafood and Bisque Sauce ($28++). However, this one was more memorable than the preceding pasta dish due to its uniqueness & unctuousness. Stuffed rigatoni isn’t common, so it was a novelty that needed to be sampled.

The hollow cavities of the al dente rigatoni pasta are stuffed with a chopped up seafood mix, swaddled in zucchini slivers and immersed into a shallow pool of foamy seafood bisque. The bisque is undeniably umami, with a deeply satisfying salinity that could only come from shellfish slowly boiled in seafood stock, and it’s the main seasoning for the entire dish.

The zucchini is sliced into ribbons so thin they’re translucent, but they’re thick enough to render a refreshing crunch as you gnaw on each individual rigatoni. It’s a welcome textural contrast to the soft, al dente characteristics of the rigatoni pasta and the perfectly poached seafood stuffing within. Speaking of the seafood filling, it was brilliantly bouncy in texture, while maintaining a satisfyingly meaty chew as you bite into it. If I were forced to guess the identity of chopped seafood trio stuffing, I’d say it’s a medley of prawn, squid and perhaps a smattering of clams within.

At the end of the day, the identity of the seafood components within the rigatoni don’t quite matter, as they are merely a congenial component in a dish that unites the best of each element to create a superb symphony of sumptuousness on a plate.

The penultimate entrée served to us at @lumbre.sg was, without debate, the absolute best, blowing us all away with its ethereal excellence. The Beef Short Ribs with Smoked Cauliflower Purée and Broccoli ($36++) is the pièce de résistance of Lumbre’s wood fired grill, and showcases the chef’s mastery of the grill.⠀

The short ribs are taken from an Angus cow, and the quality of the beef is evident at first glance. The meat is so majestically marbled with fat that it leaves no doubt as to the tenderness of the short ribs. And they were tremendously tender indeed, and I swear my slice of short rib melted in my mouth. On god man, I barely even had to chew before it fell apart on my tongue. It’s stunningly smoky from the grill, and seasoned sublimely. The rich demi-glacé enhanced & turbocharged the already sapid beef, and was a great binder to tie the short ribs to its accoutrements.⠀

Speaking of the side pieces, the cauliflower purée was smooth as butter, creamy, and downright delicious. While it’s spectacular in its own right, it’s best enjoyed a little smear at a time atop a slice of that stellar short rib. All that richness may sound like too much of a good thing, the grilled broccolini on the side is there to rein the richness in and clear your palate. Smoky, a little bitter and vegetal, it’s the yin to the yang of the incredibly indulgent beef short ribs. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.⠀

While I do think that some items on Lumbre’s menu fail to live up to their price tag, the Beef Short Ribs are worth every single last penny you’ll splurge on it. It’s truly that transcendent.

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BARCELONA prides themselves on affordable cava & a wide range of Spanish tapas to go along with your wine. You get two different vibes sitting outdoors and indoors. Outdoor seating gives you a warm, chill vibe, while the indoors give a dark, elusive, but cosy atmosphere. Choose as you will, because the friendly service extends both indoors and outdoors, making diners feel both comfortable and welcomed.

When it comes to a tapas date, I never neglect my garlic shrimps. The gambas al ajillo doused it oil could have afforded to been more garlicky, but the prawns were sufficiently juicy. The bread at the side was surprisingly really good.

Rate:🌟🌟🌟

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While served piping hot and crispy, churros were not as light and fluffy as I’d like them to be. Decent but nothing mind blowing.

Rate:🌟🌟

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