Take a stroll down Club Street and you find yourself spoilt for choice on where to dine. The number of restaurants there are countless, and to add on to your dilemma, almost every restaurant on the street serves up different cuisines.
La Cicala is a modern Spanish gastro bar anchored in traditional Spanish gastronomy and Japanese grilling method. Of course, tapas in this case is included, with a contemporary twist. The restaurant also features a full height wine cellar housing an expansive selection of international wines - perfect for wine lovers to chill over food and drinks.
We started off with the Jamon Bellota - hand sliced Spanish ham with country toast and fresh tomato dip. To be honest, it wasn't impressive, although addictive. The tomato on the bread paired well with the country ham but after awhile of sitting on the table, the bread got a little soft and soggy.
The Croquetas however, kind of won my taste buds over. With bits of chorizo and fontina cheese breaded and served with chiplote sauce, there was basically nothing to fault with this dish, except the fact each ball probably contains at least 100 calories. They were light and crispy and there was a generous amount of cheese oozing out once you bite into it.
Moving on, the Cerviche of Swordfish wasn't too bad either. The nicely seared swordfish with a slightly raw middle in beet emulsion and topped with seagrape wasn't too heavy for the palate. My only take to this dish is that some people might not like beet, therefore this dish might not suit everyone.
The star however, was the Dry Aged Striploin that was grilled and served with roasted potatoes and sherry jus. The only downside was that there wasn't enough sauce and i had to ask for more. Otherwise, the 10 days aged striploin was cooked perfectly and the whole dish was good enough to make any diner satisfied.
Dessert was Mascarpone Custard with Masala Gelee, topped off with espresso foam. The espresso was a bit too heavy for my liking (coffee lovers will like it) and i didn't find anything special about the custard. To me, it tasted just like any other mascarpone cheese in a glass.
While La Cicala does most of their things right (except maybe dessert), don't expect to be paying cheap for a meal there. The portions are not exactly the biggest you can expect but it is Club Street after all - and that most restaurants there are like that.
49 Club Street
+65 6534 8812
This was an invited media tasting.