UNA: Spanish fare under a fairy-lit canopy
Labels: buona vista, calamari, cocktails, hidden finds, intimate, large groups, must go, paella, restaurants, rochester park, romantic, spanish, special occasion, will return, wines · Posted by SiHaN at 5/10/2017 11:35:00 pm
Like Botanico, UNA's kitchen brigade is run by Executive Chef Antonio Oveido who favours the authentic seafood themed gourmet finds from the South of Spain and tries to blend that with heartier cuisine from the North which avoids fussing and tweaking. The result - an innovative and contemporary menu that exudes the regular wholesome fervour of Spanish fare but founded by modern cooking techniques.
UNA is anything but low-key, it's dreamy landscape complete with shower curtains of fairy lights and banquet like soft cascades of fabric from wooden beams affecting a certain sort of formality. Step through a plush garden, as represented by most other establishments in the Rochester Park vicinity and be transported to a different dimension. Between it's white-washed patio area and grandeur of colonial bungalow, the whole experience of being seated can be a bit overwhelming.
It's almost impossible not to be intimidated by the menu, the makeshift place mats guarded by complicated Spanish names (that are also impossible to pronounce should you not have Spanish heritage) offer an endless possibility of permutation and combination from tapas to paella and grills.
Here to help you out, these are some of my favourites:
UNA's take on the Fideua De Calamares ($20) is memorable, drawing references from our local chao ta beehoon (I'm kidding) and softening to a state of dried mee sua in its later stage (I'm kidding again). A quintessential Catalan dish, fideos pasta is cooked with squid ink and sofrito sauce in a cast iron skillet. In UNA's version, local baby squid is coated with flour and deep fried till golden brown, blobs of aioli plot their demise against your diet; egging you on to take an extra serving. I would have loved for the dish to have a bit more of a crisp edge as I've once divulged in at Don Quijote but calamari is such a bonus.
|Patatas Bravas ($10)|
|Foie Gras and Grilled Figs on Spanish Flatbread; Chargrilled Octopus|
|Gambas Al Ajillo ($22)|
|Crispy roasted Suckling Pig|
|Spanish Chorizo Paella; Grilled catch of the day|
|Fresh Cream Cheese Mousse; Churros|
Celebrate Mother's Day at UNA from the 5th to the 13th May with a specially crafted 3-course dinner set menu (worth $68++) with every 2 paying adults. Elegant colonial settings and dining under a whimsical fairy-lit canopy; I'm sure the queen of our hearts will be down for that sort of pampering. Call 6773 0070 to make your reservations.
1 Rochester Park
t: 6773 0070
Mon - Sat: 6 - 11pm