Friday, January 3, 2014

Catalunya @ Collyer Quay (Fullerton Pavilion)

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Known to many as the top Spanish Restaurant in Singapore, Catalunya which is helmed by Executive Chef Alain and Restaurant Manager Pol Perello who both have worked at the elBulli for more than a decade. Located at the new Fullerton Pavilion, Catalunya's unique glass-encased dome architecture floats atop the water of marina bay giving it a 360 degree panoramic view of the city and Marina Bay Sands.

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Catalunya Tartar 4/5

"This tartar has a trick up its sleeve, give it a taste and guess what is in it"? When seeing this description on the mention, it just aroused our interests to order it and gave it a try. The Calalunya Tartar ($20) has a sweet finishing that is very pleasant to the palate. It is actually tomatoes. It did have an element of surprise as it gave me a new association to how we can use tomatoes as a tartar dish and elevate the taste of such simple ingredient.

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Avocado Roll 4.2/5

The Avocado Roll ($22) was filled with lobster meat with thin slices of avocado wrapping it into a roll. I was expecting the flavour to be more mild and refine but instead it was very robust and bursting with flavours with little popping exciting of the fish roes.

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Octopus A Feira 3.5/5

Octopus A Feira ($24) is a smooth and spicy Galician tapa finished with an extra touch of pork dewlap. The octopus was nicely cooked to a nice crunchy bite. The pork dewlap was kind of interesting which resembled our Asian roast pork.

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Bikini 4/5

What a catchy name for a dish. The Bikini ($20) is basically truffle sandwich with ham and cheese in between. Simply but surprisingly packed with lots of lovely robust flavours.

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Traditional Suckling Pig Segovian Style 4/5

One of the signature dish at Catalunya is their Traditional Suckling Pig Segovian Style ($135) which serves about 2 to 3 people. There were 4 of us and we could not finish it. I think Asian has a small stomach so I think this is good to go with 5-6 people. The whole roasted suckling pig is served to the table side and the waiter will portion it using a small plate. It showed how tender the suckling pig was, which was effortless portioned into several pieces. After that it is usually a Spanish tradition to smash the cutting plate symbolizing throwing away the bad luck.

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Lobster Rice 4.2/5

The Lobster Rice ($80) was amazing flavoured with fresh grilled lobster. Each mouthful of the infused grains with bursting with bold and robust flavours. It is a beautiful dish but the price in my opinion was too steep.

Beside the beautiful view of the restaurant, the food at Catalunya was really good too. Flavours here are strong, robust and bold if I am to summarize my dining experience. However I felt that the pricing is a bit on the steep side. I probably will only visit the restaurant for very special occasion.


Catalunya
82 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049327
Tel: +65 65340886
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatalunyaSingapore
Website: http://www.catalunya.sg/
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

Operating Hours:
Daily 12pm - 2am

Direction: 
1) Alight at Raffles Place MRT. Take Exit A or B. Walk to Clifford Centre and then Change Alley. Take escalator to level 2. Cross the road using the OUE Link. Turn left towards Fullerton Bay Hotel. Walk to towards the bay and destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

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