“Revamped menu with creative and unpretentious gourmet creations”
We went back to UNA at One Rochester after trying their Coca De Higos Y Foie Con Vermouth as part of Singapore Restaurant Month in July 2016. Renowned for their Spanish cuisine since 2014, UNA at One Rochester has revamped their menu, which is headed by Chef Antonio Oviedo, who has worked in famous restaurants across Asia, Spain and Europe!
Other than indoor seating, they also have outdoor al fresco garden setting that is segmented into various categories like happy hours, smoking corner and lush garden event space. They also have a private dining indoor space at level 2!
The extensive Tapas menu with over 20 choices ranges from $10 for starter size to $28 for main size. Featuring Encurtidos ($10) and Croquetas De Jamon Iberico ($14 for 4 pieces) with olives to stimulate your appetite. I am not an olive fan, and it is ‘either you like it or hate it’ kind of thing. My friend tried the various olives with Gordal and Cornicabra olives complemented with Piparra peppers, and I guess it was so good that she even had 2 plates!
Look at the irresitable gooey creamy Iberico ham croquettes! The bite sized warm and oozy cream croquettes were covered with light crisp breadcrumb and the molten interior was a great hit as an appetizer!
Pulpo A La Parrilla Con Papas Arrugadas Y Mojo ($32) is a Spanish classic staple with grilled octopus tossed with coriander, paprika sauce and baby potatoes. Tender and slightly chewy but not tough, the charred octopus was enlivened by the sweet and refreshing paprika sauce.
Another seafood item is Gambas Al Ajillo ($22) with fresh tiger prawns sautéed in olive oil and enriched with chilli, garlic and parsley. Garlic fans will definitely appreciate this dish with overwhelming garlic aftertaste, probably the reason why it is much-loved tapas in Spain. Make the meal better by soaking the garlicky sauce with their bread!
Fideua De Calamares ($20) simply steals my heart away. Squid ink Spanish noodles paella tasted exactly like fusion Chinese Mee Sua and completed with crispy caramari. These vermicelli-like noodles were as light as feathers, and those parts sticking to the side of the pan were the cream of the crop with crispy and charred noodles! Best alternative from the usual rice paella!
For healthier choices, you can try their Ensalada Cesar ($26) that is essentially a Spanish version of Caesar salad. The unique factor is that the Spanish Sucrine lettuce is grilled, unlike the usual raw version. This is then enriched with smoked anchovies, Idiazabal cheese foam, pomegranates and mini hard-boiled eggs. A refreshing twist to the usual Caesar salad!
Another salad is Ensalada De Verano ($24) with heirloom cherry tomatoes, charred cucumbers and fresh burrata cheese. These plump and ripe cherry tomatoes with the milky and luscious blob of burrata were a divine pair brimming with surprising flavours!
One of my favourite main tapas and grills was Pluma Ibérica ($38) with grilled pork, padron peppers and creamy pumpkin. Carnivore fans gather here, because this sumptuous grilled pork with rich marbling will simply melt in your mouth. The loin was smoked first, which resulted in the pinkish surface. So don’t misunderstand that it is undercooked like steak because it ain’t bloody at all!
Out of the 3 signature Paellas, we had the Paella De Chorizo Y Habitas ($46 for small, $66 for large) with Spanish chorizo paella with fava beans and saffron, served with aioli as well as Arroz Negro ($52 for small, $72 for large) with squid ink paella with fresh cuttlefish, clams and prawns. The former was a tad too mushy for my liking. Preferred the latter as the paella was infused with sweet seafood broth, and the aioli sauce was bursting with garlic goodness.
Ending the meal with desserts and the Fruta De La Pasion, Fresa Y Aloe Vera ($16) was served with creamy passion fruit, strawberry ice cream and aloe vera. The passion fruit curd was too sour for me, but could be a good choice to cleanse your palate after a heavy meal.
I was really curious with Queso Fresco Calabaza Y Membrillo ($14) when I saw roasted pumpkin ice cream as part of the dessert. Accompanied with fresh cheese mousse, quince and walnuts, all the various items tasted good on its own. Roasted pumpkin ice cream was like a cold version of pumpkin puree, not for those faint hearted that dislike pumpkin. We tried to combine both the cheese and pumpkin, but it was bizarre as both flavours were fighting for our attention that clashed in the end.
How can we end the meal without having Churros Con Chocolate Y Café ($14)? Unfortunately, the whole aftermath of oil was apparent from the base of the churros on the serving plate. Bite it and the gush of oil will explode in your mouth. Perhaps it was just a bad day for the churros, though it is a contemporary idea to dip it with dark chocolate and coffee foam instead of pure chocolate.
Thank you UNA at One Rochester for the invitation!
UNA at One Rochester
1 Rochester Park,
Monday to Saturday – 5pm to 11pm
(Dinner starts from 6pm; last order at 10.30pm)
Sunday – 11am to 2.30pm
(Brunch menu only; last order at 2.30pm)