The Gaig family started a restaurant in Singapore. If you like Catalan food, this is the place to try. When I visited, I would say it is the best Spanish food restaurant in Singapore. The chef is Eduard Castellarnau. The restaurant might be in the Asian country of Singapore, but the roots are firmly in Spain with the Gaig family at the helm. It was started by chef Carles Gaig, and now it is managed by his daughter, Nuria Gibert. I really enjoy Spanish cuisine, and this restaurant in the area of Dempsey Hill really struck my fancy.
They are open from Noon to three and then six to eleven daily. They only have High Tea between three and five. I wish they had a restaurant down the street from our house here in America, because I would eat there every day. If you like Spanish food, you want it made right. You want authenticity. I never liked to eat at ethnic restaurants that throw in a regional flare for foods from other countries. You know, like finding french fries and grilled cheese at a Mexican restaurant. If it is a Japanese, Spanish, Mexican or Italian eatery, I want really authentic foods made to authentic recipes.
I have a cousin who fancies Mexican food, but he only likes the Americanized version of it. If I actually took him to a fancy place to eat in Mexico, he would probably turn his nose up at it. The same would go for Spanish food for me if it was Americanized. I wouldn’t like it then. I think most people would really like different recipes from around the world if they could get them made in an authentic way with authentic ingredients. Think of the staple hamburger we have here. Even though people eat turkey burgers, it is not the same as a hamburger made from beef. You can even mimic them with textured vegetable protein in veggie burgers, but it is not the same. Go authentic when you are experimenting with global cuisine.