Still not knowing how to pronounce “Don Quijote”, titled after the chivalric main character of a fictional Spanish novel, I recalled my dining experience I had at Don Quijote Spanish Restaurant which was located at Dempsey.
Don Quijote is an authentic Spanish restaurant in Singapore, not only acclaimed for their tapas and traditionally made Spanish fare, but also for their selection of alcohol. The owner has been to Spain for at least 10 times (and counting up) ever since the resturant has started 12 years ago. Every photographs framed up in his resturant were taken by him.
The dishes served here were basically non-region specific dishes and I started off with a glass of Virgin Sangria ($10.00/glass), a non-alcohol version of Sangria Tinto (red) ($14.50/glass). It was a refreshing and light drink with fruit cubes in it.
Spicy Calamari ($16.00) was my addiction as it was rather fresh, great texture, nicely grilled with spicyiness just right for me. I had to skip the ‘Live’ Gambas al Ajillo ($18.00) due to allergy, yet the sight and fragrance of nicely brown chopped garlic loaded on top of the large sea prawns was so alluring.
I had an instant liking to the Croquetas con Jamón ($16.00) after my first bite on its non-oily, yet crisp shell with velvety smooth potato and ham filling. Definitely a great snack to go with alcohol. The Secreto Iberico a la Plancha ($26.00) was Iberian pork grilled to what we called ”medium rare” in steak. It was slightly chewy and perfectly safe to consume despite the ”medium rare” state since these ”clean” pigs ate only grass and acorns.
Another highlight which I regret to take a decent picture of was the Rabo de Toro – Ox-tail stew ($36.00). The same recipe for the past 12 years and a great comfort food. The meat was so tender that it readily fell off the bone. I could not help grabbing bread and dipping it into the rich savoury stew!
|Spicy Calamari ($16.00)|
|Croquetas con Jamón – Croquettes with spanish ham ($16.00)|
|‘Live’ Gambas al Ajillo – Live’ sea prawns in garlic and olive oil ($18.00)|
|Secreto Iberico a la Plancha – Grilled spanish ‘secret’ iberian pork ($26.00)|
|Asado de Cochinillo Espanol – ½ Oven-roasted spanish suckling pig ($169 for medium)|
|Chuletón de Buey – Charcoal-flame-grilled bone-in tomahawk rib-steak ($18/100gm (total – $324))|
Fideuá Negra w ‘live’ Boston Lobster – ‘Live’ baby boston lobster squid-ink pasta ($65 (large) + $79 (w lobster))
Paella Valenciana w ‘live’ Boston Lobster – ‘Live’ baby boston lobster paella ($65 (large) + $79 (w lobster))
|Churros with chocolate sauce ($16.00)|
Block 7 Dempsey Road, #01-02
Tel: (+65) 6476 2811