I heard that UNA at One Rochester is already almost fully booked for Restaurant Week starting this weekend (try weekdays if you want to get a table!) so for those of you lucky enough to snag seats for dinner, here’s a preview of the menu ($55++) which you will be having!
Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno – the man behind the menu – really knows how to feed diners well. For Restaurant Week, expect 11 different tapas and grills across three different platters which will have a selection of his signature dishes. I appreciate that he chose to incorporate the existing UNA menu into Restaurant Week, instead of coming up with fancy new dishes. This means that I can always head back for the incredibly moreish grilled octopus served on a bed of ratte potatoes with paprika! I still can’t decide whether I prefer this or El Mero Mero’s more because both are so delicious! Other starters include creamy béchamel croquettes with ibérico ham, marinated olives, and grilled veggies with smoked quail eggs on paper-thin bread.
jamon ibérico croquetta
coca, escalivada & smoked quail eggs
Mains are meaty. Very meaty. There are an assortment of grilled pluma ibérico pork with a smoky sweet marinade, hefty lamb chops with a dry rub, tasty juicy grilled prawns, and for something healthier – greens for the meal: crunchy baby gem lettuces with thin slices of pancetta and topped with blood-red pomegranate seeds.
Main Course Platter
lamb chop with horseradish aioli
baby gem, pancetta & pomegranate
It was a pleasant surprise that desserts were as good as the savoury (usually it’s a case of either or, with one being a weaker link)! I love the dark chocolate sauce which came as a dip for the freshly fried churros, so much so that I had to stop myself from drinking it literally! How gross, I know haha. Even better was the salted aerated cubes of chocolate – bitter, smooth and melt in the mouth!
salted aerated chocolat
I cannot imagine not being full after all that food but if you are, some of the a la carte choices are worth considering too!
Bonuelos De Cacalao ($20++)
salted cod fritters in bitter orange sauce
Despite being deep-fried, the salted cod fritters were non-oily and had a crisp thin batter encasing a mishmash of cod and potato within. Lovely! Then there’s the famous seafood and chicken paella – it’s amazing how the grains of rice were so wet but not soggy (it’s a very very fine line!) and portions of seafood, chorizo and chicken were generous. Oh guess what, here’s a great deal: on every Wednesday nights, there’s free flow of paella and sangria for just $65++!
Seafood & Chicken Paella ($82++ for 4-6 pax)
chef’s signature paella with fresh prawns, octopus, chicken & other seasonal seafood
I was really glad that we ordered the dover sole too. Simply seared on both sides to retain the moisture, the lightly seasoned fish was soft and flaky.
Dover Sole ($50++)
plancha-seared whole dover sole with garlic & fresh samphire shoots
My thanks to Carolyn and Nabeel for hosting dinner!
UNA at One Rochester
1 Rochester Park
6773 0070 / 6773 0060