SERENITY Spanish Restaurant opens in Ngee Ann City
Pioneering authentic Spanish cuisine in Singapore, SERENITY opened first outlet in VivoCity 6 years ago and the 2nd outlet in Sanur Bali Indonesia. Now the 3rd SERENITY is newly opened at Ngee Ann City a month ago.
To commemorate the opening of new outlet, SERENITY has also launched new dishes that are only available in Ngee Ann City outlet. We started our dinner with Homamade Spanish Chicken Croquette ($16.80). These golden, savoury nuggets, crunchy outside and meltingly soft inside.
I love their Slow Cooked Beef Cheek ($38.80) which is slowly simmered with Spanish Red wine and herbs for over 6 hours. The meat is tender and rich in flavors. It is served with sauteed mushroom and poached baby carrots – perfect! Also available in Ngee Ann City is Braised Beef Tendon ($33.80) in red wine with chickpeas, butter beans, baby carrots and mashed potato and Braised Beef Tongue.
Paella is the traditional dish of Spain originating from the city of Valencia. SERENITY uses Boomba, a short-grain varietal which plays a critical role in the national dish. This type of grain is able to absorb the flavours of the ingredients three times more than normal rice, which infuses the dish with even more flavour.
There are more than 8 types of Paella like Squid Ink Pella, Seafood Paella, Lobster Paella, Scampi Paella, Vegetarian Pella, Fish Paella, Pork Paella and Cray Fish Paella. We had the Seafood Paella ($68 for 2 pax, $136 for 4 pax) which has generous amount of tiger prawns, squid, half shell mussles, dory fish.
The Chochinillo Asado ($388 whole, $198 half, $108 quarter) – a whole Spanish-style Roasted Suckling Pig is a signature dish at Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant. The presentation alone is a highlight – the piping hot pig is brought to the table on an enormous wooden platter, and swiftly portioned into smaller pieces with the use of a small plate.
The piglet is so tender and can be cut with a plate instead of a knife. As the plate slices through the crispy skin and meat, you get to witness just now tender and juicy the pork is before even savoring. Small piglet is marinated with sherry, white wine, vinegar and herbs and slowly roasted it for more than 6 hours. The suckling pig is available for takeaway.
After using the plate to cut the piglet, you have to throw the plate. Spanish believe that throwing the plate symbolized the throwing away of bad luck and accumulating of good luck. I am quite unlucky lately, so I volunteered to throw the plate. HUAT AH!
And to end your meal on a sugar high, Spanish desserts at Serenity will leave you sweetly intoxicated. Signature desserts include Creamy Custard ($10.80) topped with a net of brittle sugar served with vanilla ice cream and Homemade Spanish Churros ($12.80) with hot chocolate.
The difference between a Mexican and Spanish churro lies in the accompaniment. Mexican churros are usually dusted with cinnamon while Spanish churros are usually served plain.
SERENITY also offers more than 24 types of Sangrias suite to your sophisticated taste buds. The sangria comes in two types – the Sangria Blanca which uses White Wine or Cava (Spanish Champagne) and the traditional Sangria that uses Red Wine. Only Red Wine & White Wine Sangrias are available in Ngee Ann City outlet.
Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant
Address: 391 Orchard Road, #05-32 Ngee Ann City Takashimaya S.C
Open Daily 11.30am to 10pm