Thursday, December 26, 2019

Tonito @ Jewel Changi Airport - Serving Lesser Known Traditional Latin American Cuisine


Having dined at Tono Cevicheria on a few occasions, I have grown to enjoy the vibrant flavours of Peruvian cuisine. I was excited when it opens a brother restaurant, Tonito at Jewel Changi Airport, bringing the lesser known Latino dishes to Singaporean as well as tourists travelling in and out of Singapore.

Mexican Ceviche 4/5

For appetisers, we started with the Mexican Ceviche ($28) and Ceviche Tonito ($28). The Mexican Ceviche consists of octopus, Japanese baby scallops, crabmeat, pico de gallo, limes, and guacamole. It is best eaten together with the crispy corn tortilla for an explosion of flavours and play of textures.

Ceviche Tonito 4/5

Tasted as good is the Ceviche Tonito ($28) that comprises of Japanese baby scallops, octopus, crabmeat and fried calamari in Smoked Aji Amarillo Tiger's Milk. Compare to the Mexican Ceviche, and I prefer this more as the flavours are sharper with more depth.

Pork Tacos 4/5

Tonito does not focus only on Peruvian food. It also offers a selection of Latin American cuisine  such as the Mexican tacos and quesadillas. For tacos, there are options for fish, beef, chicken and pork. I had the Pork Tacos ($16) which comes with crispy pork belly, sausage, caramelised onion, chipotle mayo aioli with soft corn tortilla.

Beef Quesadillas 4.2/5

The Beef Quesadillas ($16) with crispy thin flour tortilla is another excellent dish on the menu. Marinated beef, coriander aioli and avocado puree are sandwiched in between the crispy shell, bound together by the melted cheddar cheese for a cheesy enjoyment. There are also options for pork and chicken if you don't eat beef. For vegetarian, the corn replaces the protein.

Fish Moqueca 4.2/5

A dish closer to our local palate is the traditional Brazilian Fish Moqueca ($26). The fish stew is prepared with rich coconut milk in a piquant gravy of tomatoes and peppers which has a mild spicy kick. It goes very well with the fragrant garlic rice.

Latino Seafood Rice 4.5/5

My favourite dish for the night goes to the Latino Seafood Rice. The crabmeat rice cooked in white wine, dried chilli sauce and parmesan cheese is delicious and flavourful. Crispy fish, calamari and prawns accompanied the dish. It is a simple yet hearty dish. I probably can eat this every day and not get tired of it.

Tres Leches 4.5/5

Not being a dessert person, I find myself enjoying the Tres Leches ($8) paired with pineapple compote and crispy coconut flakes. The sponge cake soaked in coconut milk is moist and sweet.

Unlike Tono Cevicheria, Tonito offers a more family-friendly, convivial dining atmosphere with hearty and flavourful traditional Latin American cuisine that is lesser known to Singaporean.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Jewel Changi Airport
78 Airport Boulevard
Singapore 819666
Tel: +65 69043975
Nearest MRT: Changi Airport (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 9pm

1) Alight at Changi Airport MRT station. Take Exit A and B. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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