Binomio at Duxton Hill: Some of the best tapas in Singapore 

As someone who doesn’t eat a lot in one sitting but who enjoys variety, I’ve always liked the concept of tapas, but it wasn’t till I spent a couple of weeks in Spain a few years back that I truly fell in love with this Spanish staple.

If you’re not familiar with tapas, firstly, you’ve been missing out, and secondly, tapas are small servings of savoury Spanish food, typically enjoyed with an alcoholic drink.

While in Spain, not only did I have some amazing tapas, but I also found out that the reason tapas comes in small portions is to encourage people to have conversations, perhaps even to stand and move around. Basically, the idea is to eat, drink, chat and chill – totally up my alley.

Some of the tapas I had in Spain

Some of the tapas I had in Spain

Back in Singapore with a newfound appreciation for tapas, for the longest time, my favourite tapas place was Bodega Y Tapas at the Orchard Hotel – the tapas was tasty, they fixed a strong sangria and happy hour ran from 2pm till 9pm.

Sadly, Bodega Y Tapas closed for business a couple of months back but fortunately, it didn’t take too long for me to find a new place to get my tapas fix.

My new favourite place for tapas is a sleek little Spanish restaurant in the middle of Craig Road called Binomio. The food is a little pricey but it’s also high quality and is probably some of the best tapas in Singapore.

Binomio is Spanish for “pair” or “couple” and the restaurant is so named because it has both a tapas bar and a fine dining area – a pairing of two concepts as they describe it. Each side has its own menu but I overheard a waiter saying once you can order from either wherever you choose to sit.

I myself only ever go to the bar side, it’s casual, warm and vibrant and it’s nice to sit by the window for a little breeze and some people-watching. If you’re there to hang out with friends it’s also got more of a chill vibe than the fine dining area.

The tapas range between S$6 to S$28 but you can also order the tasting menu of 6 or 8 tapas for $$69 and S$86 respectively. I generally go for the 8 tapas tasting menu, it’s good value and anything less is just not enough 🙂

There are a fair number of items on the menu so here are some of my recommendations in order of absolutely must-try to you-can’t-go-wrong.

Binomio - FideuaFideua – Squid ink noodle paella, absolutely the best dish on the menu 

L1010153Navaja a la Plancha – Grilled razor clams and seafood fideua 

Binomio Baby OctopusPulpitos a la Plancha – Grilled baby octopus on a bed of mashed potatoes 

L1010166Secreto Iberico – Char-grilled Iberico pork, oh so good… 

L1010145Croquetas Binomio – Croquettes stuffed with ham, chicken and boiled eggs 

L1010149Gambas al Ajillo – Prawns sauteed in olive oil, garlic and parsley 

On a final note, I really go to Binomio just for the tapas so I haven’t tried the main dining menu myself but if the tapas is anything to go by, it should be pretty good.

Quality of food: 8/10
Value for money: 8/10

Binomio (Map)
20 Craig Rd, Craig Place #01-02,
Singapore 089692
Tel: +65 – 6557 0547
Hours: Lunch Mon to Fri 12pm to 1.45pm | Dinner Mon to Sat 6pm to 10.30pm
Reservations: Online via HungryGoWhere or  via SMS at +65 – 97586471 . You must request to be seated at the bar because they offer a more casual tapas menu that’s more affordable.

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