FOC by Nandu Jubany – Hola, great decor, friendly service, fun crowd, fabulous Spanish food!

FOC restaurant

40 HongKong Street

DSC_1109Termed as the “hardest-to-book” restaurant of the century, and I can see why after tonight’s fun visit to FOC restaurant. Firstly, it is widely marketed as the Spanish restaurant that is opened by THE Michelin-starred Nandu Jubany. Secondly, you would have already seen loads of funky pictures online about its interior. That is enough to pique any foodie’s or hipster’s interest and as a big fan of Spanish food (due to their super addictive paella and tortilla), I was adamant to try this place out and booked it THREE weeks in advance. Yes, that is how difficult it is to book.

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Lets take a look at the super interesting interiors that is full of human heads. Makes it really fun and definitely has a young vibe. I am afraid that it may be too hipster but actually was just right for me. I think I got lucky tonight as there’s a huge group of Spanish uncles and aunties seated at the last few tables and the most interesting thing is that they were sent by a tour bus. Asked the waitress, and they told me they are affiliated in some way to Nandu. Really fun to dine with these cute spanish aunties and uncles.

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Alright we got this cocktail – Blacked out in Bangkok. The stimulating chilli padi-lemongrass makes it slightly spicy and I thought that was special while the lemongrass, ginger, mint and jasmine tea infusion makes it refreshing and calming. Priced at $13.50, cocktails here are really priced reasonably well.

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Mushroom Croquettes which has a creamy filling and fragrant mushrooms. A loved this loads and I felt it was pretty good too! $8.

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Cod fish puff with Green apple puree. As you could have imagined, exterior was crispy while the green apple puree makes the cod even creamier and give it a slight refreshing touch. $12.

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DSC_1122And the star of the day – SQUID INK PAELLA with prawns, mayonnaise and clams. Finally, another good pan of paella (another cause the first was from Binomio) after I have tried countless not-too-satisfying ones. However, the rice over here is slightly different as it’s more rotund and a bit harder. The British group beside me were ‘complaining’ quite a lot about it as they preferred it done their way. However, I like this cooking though and to make it taste even better, mix the mayonnaise evenly with the rice. Prawns were needless to say super fresh and succulent! $22.

DSC_1129Seafood paella with fish. Very fragrant and slightly wetter, this pan of paella indeed has its distinct character. It tasted a little lighter than the squid ink one and that longish thing is some shellfish I feel as it has a similar consistency to abalone. $26.

DSC_1128Lamb ribs with yoghurt and herbs. The lamb ribs were cooked to the right texture, very soft and has a slight crisp on its exterior. $22. Pretty good lamb over here!

DSC_1133And we ended off the dinner with the chocolate burger. Very interesting I felt and I love the mixture of the white, dark chocolate and strawberry slices in it. The ‘bun’ was quite creamy and I think was filled with chocolate as well. Yummy dessert but wished it was bigger! $12.

So, as you can see, most of the dishes that I ordered were not the more upmarket ones like scallops ceviche etc as I really want to have good Spanish comfort food over here! It was a pity that tortilla is not in this month’s menu as that is one of my favourite Spanish dishes! A said that everything was spot on and I think they are. Very interesting dessert I would say and service was friendly too.

Verdict: A good restaurant.

 

 

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