La Rambla is my favourite Spanish spot in town. I love the decor, ambience, large patio and certainly the food. The one drawback is that it’s on the pricier side. So I was glad to learn that their new El Mercado Sunday brunch ($550/adult; free for kids under 10) allows diners to try a bunch of their bestselling items… and some are unlimited! All dishes are served to your table.
Here’s what’s on the menu:
La Barra and Tapas!! Tapas!!
Eat your fill of Spanish cheeses, charcuterie, bread with fresh tomatoes, marinated white anchovies, as well as the eatery’s excellent takes on truffle ham and cheese bikinis, ham croquettes and broken eggs with chorizo. There’s salad too. Not on the menu but also offered during our visit was a fabulous salmon tartare on toast; it had the most addictive, buttery flavour. It’s so easy to overindulge in this section (like I did!), but you’ll want to leave room for your mains.
Seafood Market and Butcher’s Corner
We chose the USDA Prime Tomahawk, Josper grilled and served with fried potatoes. Delicious.
Choose between four types of made-to-order paella: classic with calamari and clams, squid ink with calamari and clams, vegetarian with asparagus and seasonal vegetables and Ibérico pork belly. My friend and I had both tried (and loved) the squid-ink paella before, so we opted for the recommended pork belly. While my friend thought it was absolutely delicious and nearly ate the whole pan herself, I thought the fatty flavour was a bit overwhelming. That said, I did have seconds of the various tapas, whereas she didn’t, so it might just be a case of leaving enough room.
I loved the dessert platter. We were stuffed to the brim, but we managed to take a little bite of everything – in the name of research, of course! I’m still thinking about the peach muffin.
La Rambla is an easy restaurant to recommend. Chef Ferran Tadeo, who has quite the CV (including a stint at El Bulli), and his team cook up seriously delicious Spanish food, and the vibe is equal parts comfortable and sophisticated. If you’re looking for an indulgent brunch, definitely consider this one. And add a glass of their sangria cava ($128/glass) while you’re at it.
Shop 3071–73, 3/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2661 1161, book online
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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