As a regular visitor to the Singapore Arts Museum, the sights of people candlelight dining and chilling at Via Mar had always been tempting me to give it a try. But you know there are things like tapas and paella, you don't get to fully enjoy them unless you have a good crowd. So it wasn't my initial intent to have lunch at Via Mar with a friend. That said, I was actually quite thankful that it was the only place nearby which was still open while the others closed for the new year.
Their value-for-money $28 set lunch was not available on weekends. We had some ala carte dishes to share nonetheless.
Traditional Spanish Potato Omelette ($10)
I liked the crunch provided by the potato bits but overall the dish was a little bland to the taste.
Mussels in White Wine ($25)
The white wine sauce was excellent, combined with the alluring aroma from the garlic served in abundance. It was so tasty that I found myself scraping the bottom of the plate after I finished the mussels.
Roast Cod with Creamy Clams & Prawns ($34)
We were at first taken aback by the 'disorderedness' of the dish. Messy appearance aside, man, the taste was OMG, and the portion was quite generous. The mash potato served as side was equally yummy too.
(Outside the window, a happy moment was captured by the lens.)
Despite the tapas menu here being limited for a Spanish specialty restaurant, their paella menu on the other hand looks promising enough to warrant another visit.
Standard Chartered credit cards get 15% off ala carte menu on weekdays.
71 Bras Basah Road
#01-03 Singapore Art Museum
Daily, 11.30am – 10.00pm
It was museum free-entry day. Besides visiting the regular exhibits, I was there just in time to catch a glimpse of the four elephants before they got auctioned off for charity.
I first thought its name was Halloween, but then it deserved a better one - White Elephant.