Monday, October 31, 2011

Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant @ Vivocity

The Spanish restaurant located at the Vivocity has both indoor and alfresco dining area. The alfresco dining area has a bar and is overlooking the waterfront. There is also live band performance every Monday to Saturday from 7pm to 12 midnight.

Serenity has a wide selection of tapas, soups, paellas on the menu. Our group has a hard time deciding what to order. Lucky Maureen has visited this place before and she helped in the ordering.

The Calamares a la plancha indeed was a good choice. The freshly grilled squid in extra virgin olive oil brought out the nature ocean taste of the squid. The squid was also soft and not chewy.

Calamares a la plancha 4.5/5

The other tapas dish we had was Patatas Bravas, roast potato in Romesco sauce and Alioli sauce. For a few pieces of potato to cost $10.80, I find it rather expensive and not worth.

Patatas Bravas (Roast Potato) 3.5/5

The Crema de Mariscos or Cream Seafood Soup was hearty and comforting. The broth was quite flavourful from the fresh mussels, calamari, fish and prawns. In the back ground was Sopa Catalunya, a clear soup of pork, beef, chicken and butter beans.  It tasted like Chinese tonic soup.

Crema de Mariscos (Cream Seafood Soup)

The huge Pork Knuckle got us excited when served. The sauce was not enough and we have to ask the waitress for more. Meat was a bit dry.

Codillo de cerdo (Baked Crispy Pork Knuckle)

The iconic dish for any Spanish restaurant would be the Paella. It is sort of a National dish regarded by most originating from Valencia. The Paella at Serenity uses Boomba rice, a short grain varietal. This type of grain is able to absorb the flavours of the ingredients 3 times more than normal rice. Similar to the Chinese claypot rice, Paella is enjoyed with a slight burnt rice at the base of the pan.

Paella Valenciana

We have both the Paella Valenciana (saffron, chicken, Spanish chorizo, tiger prawns, squid, half shell mussels, rice) and Arroz Negro (Squid ink, squid, tiger prawns, capsicum, rice). The nature flavours of the ingredients were well absorbed by the grain infusing the dish with more flavours.

Arroz Negro

The Paellas are prepared freshly to order and it takes 30-45 minutes of preparation time. So remember to order early to avoid a long wait.

Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant
1 Harbourfront Walk
Singapore 098585
Nearest MRT: Harbour Front (CC Line, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11am - 11pm
Fri-Sat: 11am - 12am

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