Whenever I think of Spain it conjures up memories of holidays spent meandering along the historic cobbled streets under the Spanish sun, the joyful sounds of the Spanish guitar and the multiple flavors and scents from a table full of tapas.
Ok now I’m drooling.
With this in mind you won’t be surprised to learn that I’m a big fan of FOC restaurant on Hong Kong street. This stylish eatery consistently serves up tasty tapas stemming from their Catalan roots.
Due to their popularity FOC have opened another two units; one called Pim Pam on Orchard Roaf and last month I visited FOC Sentosa.
This purpose built beach side property was designed with nights spent on the terrace sangria in hand listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean lapping the shoreline and a gentle breeze flowing through this open plan restaurant and bar.
The dining room is light and airy with an outdoor small terrace, which gets booked out quickly by all accounts. Inside there is an open kitchen where you can see the chefs hard at work and one design element you cannot miss are the giant busts. These larger than life sculptures resemble members of the FOC team, such as the head Bartender and the Head and sous Chef to name a few. Each of these busts are made in Spain and take weeks to be shipped to Singapore and they definitely stand out in this quirky restaurant.
Onto the food…
As with all tapas restaurants variety is key to having a great meal. To start we had the Eggplant with Sobrassada & Parmesan, which had a subtle flavour as the eggplant helped to calm down the heat from the spicy Sobrassada sausage. We also had the Chicken wings sandwich, which was deliciously crunchy toasted and was so good, I wish I had one all to myself!
We were also served the King Crab Cannelloni. First off, don’t expect the Italian version of cannelloni as this couldn’t be more different. Imagine a thin layer of cucumber encasing a creamy king crab filling, oh and it’s cold. This is one of their signature dishes and is a great addition to this beach side restaurant as it is very light on the palette.
A highlight for me was the fish and chips FOC style; lightly battered meaty barramundi with fat chips made from thin layers of potato sandwiched together to create a crispy texture. Just like the holy grail of chips… the crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside chip.
You won’t be surprised to learn that big sharing Paella dishes are one of their star attractions. There are 4 paella’s to choose from and two Caldoso rice options and going off piste from the traditional seafood paella I usually have, we ordered the Cod Fish & Spinach Caldoso Rice. The unctuously smooth fish dotted within the rice I soon learnt was in fact cod tripe! Not what I had expected or anything I have tried before, yet it was rich and creamy so I’m all in!
Even after all of this food we still have a little room for dessert, three in fact. We ordered the giant Oreo XXL cookie (and I mean giant), Gin & Tonic Lime and the Apple Bravas, which comes with playful tubes of strawberry coulis to squirt over the caramalised pieces of apple which is done to resemble ketchup. If you can get your head around this then a creamy signature dessert awaits. The giant Oreo cookie was delicious but very rich and I would recommend ordering this to share only, as even a chocoholic like me would have struggled to finish it on my own. Then the Gin and tonic lime sorbet not only looked beautiful but was very refreshing after my Spanish feast and perfect for the beach.
I will be back to kick back on the terrace listening to the live band, sangria in hand and to feast FOC style.