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“Go Just For Happy Hour” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Esmirada

Esmirada
442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879, Singapore (Orchard Road)
+65 673 534 76
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Ranked #1,355 of 7,410 Restaurants in Singapore
Price range: $15 - $55
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Bar, Grill, Family Fare
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Orchard Road
Description: A spacious indoor and outdoor seating with a mediterranean rustic ambience
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“Go Just For Happy Hour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Been to Esmirada a number of times mainly for the happy hour and tapas. Agree with other reviewers that service is dismal. Difficult to get the attention of the service staff. The quality of tapas is not too bad. As for the mains, we have tried the lamb shank (very tender and flavourful), bbq ribs(taste of frozen pork) and recently, we had the suckling pig, garlic bread and cheese platter. These are probably the worst choices we have made so far. While garlic bread was crispy, I could smell the fragrance of garlic but tasted only a tinge of it... My suspicion is that the garlic spread is either store bought or the garlic has been kept for so long, its lost the taste. As for the suckling pig which is the most expensive item on the menu, its a waste of money. It was oily, fatty and the skin was tough. Its probably deep fried, re-fried or placed in microwave to heat up. The cheese platter for the price is a mistake. Very small serving and the cheese didn't taste any good. So. go Esmirada just for the happy hour and perhaps a couple of tapas. That would be my advice.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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hamshire
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Thank goodness for the head waiter!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The happy hour drinks are a must, otherwise it is more expensive than it should be (but in fairness that is Singapore in general). The lamb cutlets were really good. However the service with the exception of one waiter was HOPELESS!! Two of the waitresses spent the first half hour of my stay sat chatting to the people on one table, watching me fruitlessly waving. Others flitted by and pretended not to have seen me. If it wasn't for one guy who appeared to be the only one interested in serving I would have left. They were not even that busy. I've been here fefore when it was better.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Yorkshire
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“Tasty !!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Goo food. Good atmosphere. Not the cheapest around, or even the best service in the world. But on the whole we had a very good meal. The Suckling Pig for two. We arrived just towards the end of Happy hour, so we got 2 beers for the price of 1. Making the beers reasonable. Overall a good place to eat.

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Singapore, Singapore
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“fun and tasty dinner.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

i have been here a number of times now. I always tend to get the beef skewers which are excellent! Their garlic bread is also really good!! In my opinion its a very 'easy' dining restaurant, its very relaxed and there is something for everyone on the menu.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Underrated restaurant, BUT...read on”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I had a splendid experience here. Tried the:

1) Garlic Bread
Good baguette lathered with strong garlic spread in the middle

2) Garlic prawns
Slow rising spice coming from the chili padi, and a more raw garlic flavour. Crispy prawns

3) Braised lamb shank
Delicately tender from being in the sous vide. Comes with Spatzle.

4) Grilled Skewers: Lamb chops & Iberian collar
Charred flavours, extremely juicy and tender.

5) Paella Valencia
Heavy flavoured seafoos saffron stock base. Rice absorbed essence, yet was still firm ant not overcooked till soggy. Very good Paella.

This was my first experience which I felt was value for money, however a caveat. My friend who was with me for this dinner, went back the following week, ordered the exact same dishes but received the opposite in food quality.

Consistency seems to be a major problem at Esmirada, so do beware and pray that you get the good chef.

Overall you will spend about $40-$60SGD

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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