Loco Modern Tapas and Wine Bar has undergone quite a few changes despite being relatively new, all to meet the waves of challenges that come with F&B business.
The addition of the word “Modern” to its name means it is not selling the traditional tapas dishes but moving towards small-sized plates like Nasi Lemak Sushi, Baked Escargots, Pork Cheeks and Angus Beef Tenderloin Cubes. And lunch sets. And main courses.
And the addition of live music station 10 feet up on the 2nd storey ($10 drinks). And live dart machines at Dartslive on its 3rd.
The location is lovely, right smack in the middle of Boat Quay. If you choose the al fresco dining area, you would be facing Express Place, The Parliament House and a faraway view of the Singapore Flyer. Pray that the weather is cool.
Loco Modern Tapas’ “round the world” menu may be a little too extensive, so you may not be entirely confident what to order that would make the trip all worthwhile.
Its Angus Beef Tenderloin Cubes ($15), though not on its chef recommendations, is worth a try. Evenly prepared and not too tough. The Chorizo Croquettas ($7 for 2 pieces) oozing out with melted cheese and chorizo fillings is well… okay-good, when eaten hot.
Some of the other tapas dishes, like the Deep-Fried Baby Squid ($10) is dry and not flavorsome enough. The Sauteed Tiger Prawns with harissa, butter and parsley ($15) has a nice crunch due to its freshness, but you wished there was a more exciting taste and juicy-moisture for you to suck it up.
For the food, chill-out vibes, and its reasonable price, Loco Modern Tapas and Wine is worth a try. Perhaps they were trying to do too many things at one go, and should focus on a few star tapas, and at least items that would appeal more to the after-office crowd.
My take is, if the name is “Loco” which means crazy, then they should go for it. Do some ‘crazy’ items, and do them really well.
Loco Modern Tapas and Wine
48 Boat Quay Singapore 049850 (Raffles Place MRT) Tel: +65 6535 2841
Opening Hours: 5pm-12am (Mon-Tues), 11:30am-12am (Wed-Thurs), 11:30-3am (Fri) 4:30p-2pm (Sat), Closed Sundays