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Sabios Tapas Bar

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5 Duxton Hill Singapore 089591
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David Tan
Listing created by David Tan on January 04, 2013    

Sabio, the Spanish Tapas place, is the latest "it" bar in the up-and-coming regenerated heritage area of Duxton Hill.

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Mon - Thu: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm Fri: 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm Sat: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sabio By The Sea
31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle, #01-02
Singapore, Singapore 098375


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Whe where is th the serr service?

I was at Sabio by the bay for a friend's birthday a few nights ago and we were disappointed to find out that the restaurant charges a fee of $25++ should we decide to have her birthday cake (bought from somewhere else) despite a lack of cake selection within the restaurant! That made no sense to us. Upon several rounds of clarification they told us we could have our cake if we select 2 dessert items from the menu. Hard pressed, we decided to comply.

Besides that, service was slow and it was really hard to get the attention of the wait staff even though the restaurant was pretty empty. They had staff just leaning across the counter top and staring out into the restaurant but it took us a long time to get the check and to get our change back.

The food was okay. We had one large paella, a small paella, and 3 tapas to share among 5 people, and cost about $210. Mistake. 2 large paellas would have been just about adequate but we were initially advised to get 2 small ones instead. Nonetheless the girls were stuffed after dessert and the birthday cake although none found a dish they would deem exceptional.

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(Updated: September 16, 2013)

Nice ambience with average tapas

I had high hopes for Sabio, after discovering that it was located along the trendy Duxton Hill. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by my experience there. We started off the night with some patatas bravas and chorizo al vino (translation: sausage and potatoes). The chorizo was quite good whilst the potatoes tasted like something you'd get from the frozen section at a supermarket. We decided to be adventurous and order the fideau, which is basically like a paella used with noodles instead. Unfortunately, it was incredibly saucey and was reminiscent of spaghetti in tomato sauce. Lesson learned: stick with the tried and tested!

Although Sabio is situated in a cute location, I don't think it's food is good enough to warrant a second visit!

Find out more about my experience from my blog!

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(Updated: April 27, 2013)

Great food, abysmal service

We came here on the 27th of April as my Mom had a craving for Spanish food. Our first and second choice Restaurants were fully booked so we had to settle for a Tappas / Bar type place. This also made me realize - whoa there is a huge market for good Spanish food in Singapore.

Being a Tapas Bar, this isn't a place for a good conversation and there are only 2 tables allocated for diners. Most will have to sit at bars and its loud and crammed and extremely popular with the expat crowd. It was packed to the brim with no sign of any locals. The uniqueness of these Tapas places is the ordering of small dishes to share with each other.

We were served by a young male waiter with a serious attitude problem. We asked him to recommend dishes and he got visibly annoyed before questioning what we were doing here. Imagine that! Probably the rudest experience with service staff I've had in recent memory. Was also taking a photo and another staff bumped into me accidentally and scooted off without a word of apology.

After such service It was a pleasant surprise to find the food fantastic and it came really fast. I loved the way they did their Salmon and Scallops, the sauces were especially good and my Mom asked for a spoon to help herself to it. I know they are super busy so the staff may be overworked and irritated. And because they are super popular they probably are going to get away with service like this which is really sad because it dulled the experience of an otherwise good find.

So even though I thought the food was great, I will not be back here again. The ambiance is more for drinking than eating obviously and I will prefer going to proper Spanish restaurants with properly trained service staff. Bill came to $130 for 3 people, for 7 tapas and a Sangira.

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