FOC by Nandu Jubany – Dinner

I’m still quite new to Spanish food (or just Tapas in fact) but so far I love what I’ve tried! The Spanish tapas craze has been in lurking around Singapore for a few years now but it’s better late than never to start trying, especially since the new establishments surpass the old ones. I enjoyed the interesting tapas from Anti:dote so much and I’ve been wanting to have another similar meal.

FOC restaurant is just a few months old but has become rather popular. I booked more than a week in advance on Chope to secure a Friday night table. So far FOC which serves Catalan cuisine fared better than what I’ve had in Barcelona!

Cochifrito – $14.00++
Crispy pork tacos

I’ve been wanting to have decent tacos for months now and when I saw this on the menu I impulsively and irrationally ordered it, even though I should have really just gone to a Mexican restaurant to get my taco fix. Thankfully, it was good!

The taco shell was very crispy and the pork filling fared well in the taco. In one bite it had layers of textures, soft and crispy and I liked it.

Vieiras a la brasa con caldo de bonito y caviar de soja – $16.00++
Grilled scallops with bonito stock and soya caviar

Soya caviar should be referring to the caviar looking thing that’s actually made of soya sauce. How interesting! I’m inspired to try creating this at home. The flavours of the stock and soya caviar combined went really well with the scallops, which were juicy and sweet too. Definitely not the ordinary boring scallops here.

Paella de arroz negro con mariscos y “all I oli” – $22.00++
Black Mediterranean “Paella” with seafood and garlic mayonnaise

I haven’t really tried enough paella in my life to feel I’ve the right to give critics on paella and this is actually one of my first few times trying. However, I feel that subsequent ones have a high benchmark to hit having tried this. The rice grains are al dente and I liked how it’s significantly different from most Asian rice (aka the only rice I eat regularly). Of course, the black colour just made everything look more interesting.

I liked how they put in effort to cook the clam and prawns. The clam has white wine taste and was really tasty on its own.

Bocata de foie-gras a la brasa y shitake marinado – $22.00++
Grilled foie gras with marinated shitake and green apple

This was decent but nothing extraordinary. Perhaps it was too normal in the creative department; hence it failed to leave a strong impression. However, the foie gras was cooked properly so all is good for someone who just wants to eat foie gras (which was me, at that point of time).

FOC Hamburguesa de chocolate – $12.00++
FOC Chocolate Burger

This is actually a mousse like dessert with chocolate and strawberry. Interesting but it scored better in the cuteness factor than taste.

Tarta Tartin – $8.00++
Apple pie with ice cream

Ever since I’ve had apple pie with ice cream in Hirosaki, Japan, I’ve been itching to have another. To my surprise, FOC actually has it. I seldom see apple pie as an option for dessert in restaurants, in my memory.

Of course, I had to order it and to my surprise again, I really liked this! The ice cream was normal but the pie crust was really good, very delicate. The apple was the perfect softness and wasn’t overly sweet or sour. I loved this way better than the chocolate burger. This looked cute and tasted good.

Ambiance: 7.5/10
Food: 8/10
Value: 7.5/10
Overall: A good choice if you seek creative food (which doesn’t backfire too much). I would return again.
40 Hongkong Street
Singapore 059679
Tel: 61004040


Monday to Saturday: 11:00am to 1:00am
Lunch: 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm to 11:00pm

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