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“A fabulous, distinct Basque tapas restaurant in Singapore” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kaixo - CLOSED

Kaixo
96 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore, Singapore (Chinatown)
+65 6225 0545
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Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Singapore, Singapore
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25 restaurant reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“A fabulous, distinct Basque tapas restaurant in Singapore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

From the moment that you walk into Kaixo, there is an air of warmth, friendliness and quality. Whilst the menu is not enormous, all of the items that we tried were excellent. Add to this a great, and reasonably-priced wine list, and very attentive, but not over-bearing, service, and you have a real winner that will feature frequently on my list of repeat visit restaurants.
Starting with very simple padron peppers, sauteed in olive oil and sprinkled with rock salt, our taste buds were tantalised. The shiny, bright green peppers have a sweet edge, and the salt brings out their slightly bitter flavour. A great way to start a culinary journey.
Next up was a sous-vide tenderloin with a beetroot reduction and potato puree. The meat melted in the mouth like butter. Full of flavour, warm, but pink inside, and dressed in a delicious rich reduction, this was a delightful main course to share.
Likewise, the pork loin, paired with apple puree and a bacon and potato millefeuille. The combination of flavours, as applies to all of a Kaixo's pincho style dishes, was a real taste explosion in the mouth, combining salty with sweet, or savoury with sour.
Spanish omelette with jamon iberico was also very well executed. Slightly runny inside, and with enough jamon to give flavour without overwhelming the omelette entirely.
We didn't have dessert, having had a fair go at the starters and mains, but if they are anything to go by, then the desserts will not miss the mark either.
A really great restaurant experience, then, with plenty of touches of flair to distinguish it from the plethora of run of the mill tapas bars that have sprung up in Singapore.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Beijing, China
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 80 cities Reviews in 80 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Very hidden, but quite a gem. This Basque restaurant has a great selection of tapas and small plates for sharing- ranging from some pintxos (bread with a variety of toppings- seared tuna with shrimp and peppers, chorizo with Serrano and tomatoes for example), fantastic garlicky tomato bread, and delicious hot dishes such as perfectly cooked pork loin with apple puree and bacon, a nice black ink paella with sautéed squid, and a delicious white tiramisu. The wine list has a nice range of Spanish wines from Catalunya, Rioja, and all throughout the country. Service is very attentive and helpful in navigating the menu. A nice place, off the beaten track but a great find for authentic food.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
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120 restaurant reviews
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
“A real GEM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Finding a good restaurant is like a treasure hunt. Kaixo is definite one of the rare Gems in this super competitive industry. This little restaurant tucks away at one of the shop houses along Tanjong Pagar Road is cooking up some of the best tasting dishes I had come across. Owner Chef Issachar Lee prepared every dish personally and I can certainly taste the passion and serious gastronomy skill in everyone of them. Must try: Pan-Seared Scallops with Braised Leeks, Iberico Pork, creamy bomba rice and the white tirumisu desert. Highly recommended!!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Excellent Basque-Inspired Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

I visited Kaixo during the Restaurant Week for lunch. A 3-course lunch set with items from the a la carte menu (with a la carte portions) was offered for 25++ SGD.

I have not doubts about the quality of the food. My most memorable dish, the Pan-Seared Scallops with Braised Leeks was perfectly executed with the right doneness and paired with a a delicious and savoury braised leeks and crumbs.

The Iberico Pork and desserts were delicious too. However, the place is rather small and I can only imagine how packed it would be if the restaurant is full house. While the food was great and the waiters were friendly, the interior is kind of dull and muted, not the best of places if you are looking for a restaurant with great atmosphere, but....the food is more than enough to compensate for that.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
“Good but menu can be further improved”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The recent trend ofspanish tapas bars has been a highlight of the latest culinary storm to hit Singapore in the past 2 years, some authentic,some obviously trying yo jump on the bubble tea wave,,,
Kaixo is located in a nice renovated shophouses in Tanjong pagar. Reno is dark and moody but certainly makes for a long lazy lunch to be enjoyed.
Liked the fact that the menu is compressed to less than 20 items which should be the way. Not a fan of restaurants like No Signboard that has close to 200 dishes on its menu.
Anyway we ordered the organic egg in chicken consommé w strips of iberico ham. Nice but no wow. The iberico ham strips added a nice taste to the soft oozing egg but it's hardy texture was not a good balance. It's ham croquettes which is a mainstay of tapas was nice and crispy outside but too starchy inside. It's squid cooked in squid ink and stuffing was ordinary. Deserts were unimpreesive. We thought that after such a starchy meal, it would be a great idea to have something light and sorbet-like but all the choices were too heavy like valhrona cake, cheesecake etc. so we didnt order any. And true to Spanish tradition, the coffee though brewed, was lackluster. Exactly the same as in Barcelona. And I checked, same Spanish coffee machine like the many tapas bars in Spain,, same lackluster brew.
This restaurant has a lot of potential. It's food is typical tapas bordering on slight tinges of creativity but it's menu need to offer a more balanced and exciting choice. There is no wow in the food.

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