Grilled Spanish Octopus

$28.00 Β· 17 Reviews

Grilled Spanish octopus ($28)
Octopus was really chewy, and comes with sweet corn sauce with some herby taste. Nothing much to shout about for this dish tho.

sweet corn sauce, chimichurri, chorizo oil.

Octopus was overly charred on the surface and had a strong burnt taste which was not to my liking. Other than that, the octopus was actually well cooked and not tough or rubbery. Least favourite dish of the night. Nah.

Their dishes were pricey in general given the small portion sizes. Not really worth the $ for me.

Really enjoyed the sweet corn sauce in this, it was like a puree of very naturally sweet corn. There were also Peruvian corn kernels, which gave a crunch factor. Octopus was nicely grilled, it was soft and chewy - not rubbery at all.

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The π™‚π™§π™žπ™‘π™‘π™šπ™™ π™Žπ™₯π™–π™£π™žπ™¨π™ π™Šπ™˜π™©π™€π™₯π™ͺ𝙨 [$28] had a smoky, charred taste that was wonderfully paired with the sweet corn sauce! Each slice was also easy to chew on, having been grilled with the right intensity.

One of the Spanish restaurants that will give you a good introduction of Spanish cuisine is Esquina, which we went previously and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. This time round, we ordered the same few dishes that we have tried from the last visit and what stood out the most is the Grilled Spanish Octopus ($28), that was beautifully charred with a nice texture and paired with a sweet corn sauce, chimichurri and chorizo oil.
✨ Esquina
πŸ“ 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267
🍴 [Self Funded]

Food here was exceptionally good albeit extremely small servings and a tad salty! We had 3 starters and 3 main course! @esquinasg only disappointment is that they do not serve their famous cheese cake during lunch time.

Thyme and onions bread $12 very similar to cruffin (hybrid of a croissant and a muffin) dip with paprika butter. πŸ‘Œ I have tried many good buttery croissant so I do not think this is outstanding.

Grilled Sucrine lettuce πŸ₯¬ $14 this simple vegetable dish was surprisingly good, largely attributed to the cider vinegar, fine herbs yoghurt and crunchy macadamia nuts πŸ˜πŸ‘

Chorizo Iberico croqueta $8 πŸ˜πŸ‘love at first bite, a snack made with mashed potatoes that filled with cheese and Chorizo Iberico and fried until crispy on the outer layer with creamy smooth filling inside and went well with the piquillo pepper mayo sauce.

Main course

Grilled Spanish Octopus πŸ™ $28. πŸ˜πŸ‘This succulent octopus tentacle dish is paired with Sweet corn sauce, chimichurri and chorizo oil.Β 

Spanish Suckling Pig Belly $32 Love the crackling skin and fatty belly, it taste like crispy β€˜sio ba’ served with rhubarb and Apple chutney, mulled wine jus and shiso. πŸ˜πŸ‘

Sea urchins lobster rice Paella $34 πŸ‘Œ
No Lobster added it just the taste with Hokkaido Uni, Saffron aioli and sugar snap peas. We didn’t like the combination and the burnt bits of rice with Uni and pair with the creamy sugar snap peas. (very similar to the bottom layers of burnt claypot rice eat with with Uni and mayo)

If there is one iconic dish that defines Spanish food, besides the paella, it has to be their octopus dishes and here at Esquina, they execute it excellently. The slices of grilled octopus sit on top of a chorizo broth which you pair it with a serving of smoked potato. The addition of the smoked potato gives it that touch of creaminess and the smokiness of it complements well with the aroma from the grilled octopus, providing a multitude layer of flavours in your mouth.

If there are words to explain my dining experience in Esquina, they are bold and hearty flavours, excellent execution with the charred grill bits and overall, an excellent meal.
✨ Esquina
πŸ“ 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267
🍴 [Not sponsored]

Tender and soft grilled octopus. Refreshing pairing with sweet creamy corn sauce & chimichurri to balance the flavors. Crispy corn is used for additional textures too!

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Similar to my previous post on burnt toast which came with the carabinero, the octopus tasted burnt as well. We felt disappointed not just because the octopus was burnt but that the kitchen had obviously not been listening to our feedback.
I do want to note that we were subsequently served complimentary desserts. Thank you very much for the thought but it would have been better to solve the issue at hand, serve the octopus again for example. We would have preferred to be able to taste the octopus for what it should be.
I typically do not post such negative comments unless I feel strongly that constructive feedback must be given, which in this case it is necessary as we were served burnt food 3 times!
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