Grilled Spanish Octopus

$28.00 · 13 Reviews

One of the Spanish restaurants that will give you a good introduction of Spanish cuisine is Esquina, which we went previously and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. This time round, we ordered the same few dishes that we have tried from the last visit and what stood out the most is the Grilled Spanish Octopus ($28), that was beautifully charred with a nice texture and paired with a sweet corn sauce, chimichurri and chorizo oil.
✨ Esquina
📍 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267
🍴 [Self Funded]

Food here was exceptionally good albeit extremely small servings and a tad salty! We had 3 starters and 3 main course! @esquinasg only disappointment is that they do not serve their famous cheese cake during lunch time.

Thyme and onions bread $12 very similar to cruffin (hybrid of a croissant and a muffin) dip with paprika butter. 👌 I have tried many good buttery croissant so I do not think this is outstanding.

Grilled Sucrine lettuce 🥬 $14 this simple vegetable dish was surprisingly good, largely attributed to the cider vinegar, fine herbs yoghurt and crunchy macadamia nuts 😍👍

Chorizo Iberico croqueta $8 😍👍love at first bite, a snack made with mashed potatoes that filled with cheese and Chorizo Iberico and fried until crispy on the outer layer with creamy smooth filling inside and went well with the piquillo pepper mayo sauce.

Main course

Grilled Spanish Octopus 🐙 $28. 😍👍This succulent octopus tentacle dish is paired with Sweet corn sauce, chimichurri and chorizo oil. 

Spanish Suckling Pig Belly $32 Love the crackling skin and fatty belly, it taste like crispy ‘sio ba’ served with rhubarb and Apple chutney, mulled wine jus and shiso. 😍👍

Sea urchins lobster rice Paella $34 👌
No Lobster added it just the taste with Hokkaido Uni, Saffron aioli and sugar snap peas. We didn’t like the combination and the burnt bits of rice with Uni and pair with the creamy sugar snap peas. (very similar to the bottom layers of burnt claypot rice eat with with Uni and mayo)

If there is one iconic dish that defines Spanish food, besides the paella, it has to be their octopus dishes and here at Esquina, they execute it excellently. The slices of grilled octopus sit on top of a chorizo broth which you pair it with a serving of smoked potato. The addition of the smoked potato gives it that touch of creaminess and the smokiness of it complements well with the aroma from the grilled octopus, providing a multitude layer of flavours in your mouth.

If there are words to explain my dining experience in Esquina, they are bold and hearty flavours, excellent execution with the charred grill bits and overall, an excellent meal.
✨ Esquina
📍 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267
🍴 [Not sponsored]

Tender and soft grilled octopus. Refreshing pairing with sweet creamy corn sauce & chimichurri to balance the flavors. Crispy corn is used for additional textures too!

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Similar to my previous post on burnt toast which came with the carabinero, the octopus tasted burnt as well. We felt disappointed not just because the octopus was burnt but that the kitchen had obviously not been listening to our feedback.
I do want to note that we were subsequently served complimentary desserts. Thank you very much for the thought but it would have been better to solve the issue at hand, serve the octopus again for example. We would have preferred to be able to taste the octopus for what it should be.
I typically do not post such negative comments unless I feel strongly that constructive feedback must be given, which in this case it is necessary as we were served burnt food 3 times!
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My main course last week. Good food good value and they change their set lunch menu daily 😁 But don't order still water ok? Still water cost S$7++ hahahaha. #okicheapo
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If it's your first time heading down to Esquina, THIS is a must try. Served with an artichoke purée, the octopus is tender and packs a wonderful smoky flavour. Throwing the sweetness of the burnt onions and oyster leafs into the mix just gives it that nice depth in flavor. Every element on the dish complements each other. It's an absolute delight.

Grilled Spanish octopus, Jerusalem artichoke, burnt onion, oyster leaf

On the first cut, we raised our eyebrows because it took us quite an effort to cut. My dining partner even expressed his initial doubt only to be proven wrong upon chewing it. The octopus was well executed with such a perfect tenderness (not too soft either, which I personally detest). It retained the juiciness and smokiness as it was steamed before being grilled. Another shout out would be for the burnt onion slice that was so unbelievably sweet, letting you forget the typical onion taste and smell for a while. It seems like the usual oyster leaf (in the menu) was replaced by pickled seaweed (as mentioned by the head chef upon serving it to us) but it was definitely as lovely. It possessed a sharp acidic flavour at first but with a mild balsamic aftertaste. Such a harmonious contrast in flavour which makes this my personal favourite of the night.