Luke Mangan is one of Australia’s most celebrated celebrity shop, with his first restaurant Salt at Sydney receiving rave reviews and great popularity. Salt grill & Sky bar at Ion Orchard is also a fashionable urban restaurant delivering the Luke Mangan style of contemporary Australian cuisine.
And so when 2 beauty bloggers (MoonBerry & Claire’s Flair) whom we met during Valentine’s wanted a Saturday meet-up with me (the food-blogger who is known to them as the ‘walking food directory’), I thought that the new Salt Tapa & Bar at Raffles City would be the kind of place they would enjoy – Spanish vibes, laid-back ambience, light food with an Australian twist.
Service was excellent, and the waiter promptly introduced us the recommended dishes twice with a slight sense of humour – Oysters with smoked salsa sauce ($5 for one), Wagyu sausage ($25 for large), Iberico pork loin charcoal gilled ($27), Kingfish sashimi ($21) and Tuna tartare ($27 for large). Warning: Prices appear to be steep for tapas portions.
I loved the Sumac spiced veal & pork meatballs ($22 for 5 pieces) – meaty, tasty, juicy with an excellent sauce, without the usual starchy taste, a perfect blend with the Fontina mash. Though if you do some calculations, one meatball is more than $5 (with taxes).
The Crispy soft shell prawns with chilli and garlic aioli ($15) appeared to be oriental looking and tasting, like you could find this at a Cantonese zhi char shop. I do not mean it the bad way because I finished it. They were soft enough to be savoured with the shells, though could be fried crispier for a crunch which was lacking.
As for the ladies’ favourite, the Gooey hot chocolate tart, caramelised banana and salted caramel ice-cream ($14) stole their hearts. The big-sized guy in me would prefer a thicker cake and more goo. Ice cream was splendid though.
Luke Mangan has also created his own take on a Sangria recipe and serves a number of other unique cocktails, including his own signature – The Australian. My dining partner MoonBerry testifies that the Sangria is very good “I haven’t had good and/or memorable sangrias in Singapore, but this one tastes just like the sangrias that I’m used to having at the Spanish tapas joints back home in NYC.”
Salt Tapas & Bar
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre, No 252 North Bridge Road Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT Station) Tel: +65 6837 0995
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm Daily