Summer Sunday Buffet Brunch at UNA, One Rochester
During the month of June, UNA rolls out its Summer Series to offer customers a vibrant taste of Spain’s summer. Revellers and food enthusiasts can expect no less than sumptuous Spanish fare and a wide range of drinks on offer to beat Singapore’s sweltering tropical temperatures and make it a summer to remember.
It’s not difficult to tell when a restaurant concept is chef-driven. The food tends to be better. Such is the case at UNA, where Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno was plucked from his previous post at BOMBA Paella Bar and given free rein to indulge his creative side.
Chef Patruno and the 1-Rochester team gave this Rochester Park bungalow a whirlwind makeover that centers on an alfresco lifestyle. With an elegant cozy dining ambience, with the downstairs patio and dining room hedged by immaculately kept gardens, it is a stunner radiating romantic allure.
Just ask any restaurant owner, the food industry is competitive and difficult to maintain. It’s not easy to create a beautiful spot using a small piece of land, and serves food loved by a local community. Every time I visit UNA, I am in love with its bright and happy ambience and cool chic design. Honestly, I can’t contain my excitement. This is going to be my wedding venue! omg omg omg!
No, I am not here to try my wedding menu. I am here at UNA to try their new Sunday Buffet Brunch which is available from now till 6 September 2015. A tranquil and secluded garden setting in Rochester Park, and a wide range of Spanish food – what could be better on a sunny Sunday? I chose the outdoor table where I can enjoy a glass of sangria, read the newspapers or catch up with friends while enjoying the sunshine.
Brunch is a delicious affair for the whole family or gathering of friends to enjoy. The boqueria (marketplace) style brunch channels the rustic Ibiza vibes, offering a full buffet with live stations of an array of authentic Spanish fare. I started my brunch with a selection from the Ocean, including oyster, red prawns, razor clams and mussels. There is also a range of greens such as cucumber with watermelon & mint, seafood salad, green beans, soft cook eggs & tomato basils, potatoes, red onions with grilled tuna and more.
The tapas selection is enough to fill your stomach. Besides the sourdough bread, marinated olives, there is also crispy yet creamy croquettes in three different flavours – ham, crab, or asparagus. I like its salt cod fritters. Deep fried yet light, it adds flavour to the bland potatoes. There are also pinchos in different ingredients like anchovies, tomatoes and jalapenos.
Eggs to order will be available at the live Egg Station ranging from UNA’s Signature Egg Benedict & Spanish Baked Eggs. Warm and comforting, I enjoyed the spanish baked egg and can have it all by myself. The signature egg benedict includes flat bread, smoked mackerel, poached egg, paprika hollandaise and bonito flake.
If there is something I would recommend, go for the grill section as Chef Philippe stays at the grill to whip up juicy goodness like chicken wings with mojo picon, pluma iberica, pinchos morunos, chicken legs with UNA’s herb rub, smoked quails, spanish meat balls with bravas sauce.
Chef does Spanish meatballs very well. Cooked in a tasty in bravas sauce, it is extremely moist and juicy. We also had the tender squid that is grilled till nicely browned with the rich flavour shining naturally. On some weeks, chef serves UNA’s signature Seafood and Chicken Paella at the Paella Station.
Nothing much to shout about are the desserts. They have a range of fresh fruits, flan, chocolate tart, meringue, turron and more. UNA’s Summer Sunday Brunch is priced at $88++ per adult and $48++ per child (for children 6-12 years old), inclusive of free flow of soft drinks and juices. Top up $48++ for Free flow of Wines, Cava, Beer & Sangria. Children under 6 years old dine for free.
The Summer Series consists of four main offerings, with the highlight being UNA’s Summer Sunday Brunch, followed by the pop-up World Beer Series Bar, Wine Market and culminating in the joint milestone anniversary bash, UNA Noche, for UNA and the One Rochester Group.
World Beer Series Bar
UNA’s pop-up World Beer Series Bar on its entrance patio is a hot stop to cool off and quench that thirst on a wide selection of ice cold beers and ciders from around the world, all cooled in minus 6-degrees ice and at an unbeatable price of $10 nett per drink. The World Beer Series Bar is open from Monday to Friday, 5pm to 8pm from 29 May 2015 onwards. The Wine Market will feature tastings of exquisite wines and sherries, as well as organized workshops for Sherry appreciation and how to make Sangria.
On 10 July 2015, the One Rochester Group is celebrating its own 10th anniversary and UNA’s first anniversary with UNA Noche, a Spanish boqueria style party. For this ticketed one- night-only event, the garden at One Rochester Park transforms into a vibrant and colourful marketplace – Singapore’s only Spanish night market. You can enjoy live music and explore artisanal stalls of Spanish produce, arts and crafts, wines and cheeses, Sherries and more. The highlight, of course, is a free-flow feast of UNA’s fabulous signature dishes, including the restaurant’s famous Paella, roasted suckling pig, assorted tapas and plenty of seafood.
UNA Noche will be held on 10 July from 6pm onwards. Entry into UNA Noche is priced at $65++, which includes free-flow food and 1 glass of sangria. Wines and other beverages are priced separately. Tickets may be purchased online through www.chope.co.
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