After a flurry of messages which started off with a simple “wanna do Spanish?” question, I was all set to drop by Don Quijote for a taste of the exclusive market menu! Back in 2011, I gave high praises for Don Quijote and apparently, I’m not the only one who like the traditionally made Spanish fare here since the restaurant is still going strong after all these years, especially with the influx of funky tapas bars these days.
Consistency may be the secret to their success.
I was excited to be back, since the market menu appeals to me, the seafood freak (a.k.a. pescetarian): live seafood bought daily and in limited quantities. Not to be cheesy, but the theme for our meal was clearly “fresher than fresh”!
Sangría Tinta/Bianca ($13.50++ per glass, $58++ per jug)
Gambas al Ajillo is one of the most common tapas of Spain and of course it can be found on the ala carte menu. But why not fork out just a bit more for these ‘live’ prawns? Once the firm and “bouncy” deshelled prawns pass your lips, you will definitely think it’s worthwhile to do so!
Garlic Fried ‘Live’ Prawn ($16++)
When this was served, I gave a heartfelt “wow!!” because the baked lobsters looked so gorgeous! And large meaty lobsters just brightened up my morning any day! The tender texture and naturally mild sweetness won me over, happy sigh.
Baked Live Baby Boston Lobster ($69++)
Aside from the lobsters, the baked barramundi is my favourite of the day! Fresh is an understatement, seriously. The flesh is soooooo meltingly soft that chewing is practically redundant.
Baked Whole Barramundi ($45++)
After describing the above three dishes, I already feel like I’m repeating myself over and over again. There’s only so many times I can say “fresh” without cringing. Anyway, my point is that when the ingredients are really fresh (last one, I promise!) and the cooking methods are skillfully simple, you can taste the difference and words are meaningless. Like these baked scallops. Too good, period.
Baked Whole Scallops ($27++)
I’m not a fan of chewy squid and never will be.
Grilled Squid with Chilli & Garlic ($13++)
We were totally stuffed but it’s wrong to leave without desserts!
Pudin de Pan y Manteqilla ($8++)
bread and butter pudding
K is a bread-and-milk guy and he prefers the latter this time when presented with a dense milk and butter pudding and an interesting fried piece of custard-like milk.
Leche Frita ($9++)
fried milk with cinnamon syrup
Me? Dark chocolate lava cake FTW! Incredibly dark and rich, paired with Ben & Jerry vanilla ice cream (trust the experts when they say B&J vanilla flavour is the best out there), I kind of wish I wasn’t so full so that I can finish the whole cake! Pained me to see it go to waste, argh.
P.S. this is more expensive than usual because B&J doesn’t give wholesale price! That’s 5 bucks a scoop on the plate : )
Bomba de Chocolate ($19++)
warm chocolate cake made with spanish chocolate, vanilla ice cream
My thanks to Anil and Ken for your warm and kind hospitality on such an early Saturday morning!
#01-02, Block 7 Dempsey Road