District 10 Bar Tapas Restaurant was surprisingly packed on a Monday night, given that it was still 4 days away to TGIF. Located at The Star Vista (new mall at Buona Vista), this latest addition to The Bonta Group is different from the District 10 flagship at UE Square. Featuring a long open tapas and pinchos bar, no points for guessing what are served here!
Sangria and tapas go hand in hand, aye? Though the classic Spanish red wine punch ($18++) is not found on the drinks menu, I tried my luck and the bartender gamely fixed it for us, cheers! We picked an array of tapas and pinchos to try; like dim sum, there’s always hits and misses. Jumbo crab cakes packed with bits of carrot and onion were our unanimous pick for “favourite District 10 tapa”, followed closely by the bouncy sauteed garlic prawns, missing garlicky taste notwithstanding. Speaking of garlic, we found it strangely AWOL in the sauteed mushrooms too. I really liked the smoked salmon pincho and salmon skewer; the former for the creamy yet not jerlak potato salad (rare compliment from a girl who thinks anything-potato is just useless tummy filler), the latter for the tender cubes of perfectly grilled fish (my usual medium rare).
Fried stuff (no matter how badly done) will never go wrong with alcohol. For bar snacks that’s not run-of-the-mill calamari, try the jamon ham croquette, fried anchovies and “Huevos Rotos” topped with a complete sunny-side up instead of “broken eggs”. Not impressed with the potato tortilla, basically one huge block of layered potato with minimal omelette, no like. The mini beef burger was not bad, likewise the boiled octopus. Either you love or hate the marinated anchovies; an acquired taste for most folks imo, since they rank pretty high on the fishy scale.
I guess District 10 ain’t focusing much on desserts since they almost seem like an afterthought. Only 6 on the menu, none made in-house except for the New York cheesecake. Since I’m not a fan of that, we ordered the next best thing — warm chocolate cake! Forget about the no-vanilla-beans-in-sight vanilla ice cream, just concentrate on the cake. No molten oozing core, but still soft-centred with a thin outer crust. So decadent, very good!
Top left, clockwise: Sauteed Mushroom, Garlic, Parsley ($8++); Manchego Cheese Jamon Croquette ($8.80++); Grilled Salmon Skewers ($14++ for two); Mini Black Angus Cheddar Cheese Burger ($7++); Smoked Salmon with Potato Salad Pincho ($3.80++) and Sauteed Mushroom with Quail Egg Pincho ($3.80++, background); “Huevos Rotos” with Fries and Jamon ($14++); “Pescadito Frito” Fried Anchovies ($12++); Spanish Potato Tortilla ($9.80++).
Jumbo Crab Cakes ($14++)
Boiled Octopus, Potato, Paprika, Olive Oil ($14++)
Marinated Anchovies, Paprika Oil, Parsley ($9++)
Sauteed Garlic Prawns, Olive Oil ($12++)
Warm Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream ($14++)
Special thanks to Joy from 37 Communications for the kind invitation!
District 10 Bar Tapas Restaurant
#01-42/K3, The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green