Despite the rather underwhelming dinner I had at Sabio at Duxton Hill a while ago, I decided to give its Southern outpost a shot after my friends suggested the seaside bistro for brunch.
Far from the maddening after-work crowd of the Duxton Hill branch, Sabio by the Sea is appreciatively more relaxed. Of course, the expansive view of the marina and rhythmic lapping waves were key to a leisurely enjoyable brunch. Oh, and the multitudes of the most adorable dogs walking on by with their walkers made for a very fruitful dog-watching afternoon! Be sure to make reservations though. The small-ish seafront restaurant fills up quickly on the weekends.
We started off with the Paella de Pescado ($26), the classic Spanish seafood rice with squid, seabass, mussels, clams and shrimps. The saffron-infused rice was a riot of colours, moist and sumptuous with the essence of seafood. Not the prettiest of paella I've seen but the flavours were bang on.
The Champinones al Ajillo ($13) was heady with fragrant garlic and olive oil and bursting with earthy wholesomeness. So simple but so good.
The Tortilla Espanola con Chorizo ($14) was a thick omelette packed with soft potatoes, fresh onions and smoky chorizo.
The Croquetas ($13) was a quintet of crisp breaded mash potato tubes dripping with chewy manchego cheese.
The Gambas al Pil Pil ($17) was my favourite tapas, bouncy prawns sizzled with garlic, red peppers and olive oil
The Pincho Moruno de Pollo al Ajillo y Queso ($16), a duo of succulent chicken skewers draped with manchego cheese, was drizzled with a chilli-ed garlicky olive oil.
A must-try dessert, the Pastel de Mantequilla Salada Caramelo de Lava ($16), a lava cake with molten salted caramel paired with caramel ice-cream and biscuit chips. Absolutely divine.
Sabio by the Sea
#01-02 Quayside Isle
31 Ocean Way
Tel: 6690 7568
Open Mondays to Thursdays from 12noon to 10pm;
Fridays & Saturdays from 12noon to 12midnight;
Sundays from 10.30am to 10pm