Bang in the heart of it all, in Raffles City, lies a Tapas Bar that is classy, trendy and most importantly, has stood the test of time in Singapore’s ever changing restaurant landscape. Salt Tapas & Bar is a restaurant that believes not just in good food, but also in having a good time. Helmed by famed Australian chef Luke Mangan, Salt is certainly recommended for vegetarians to enjoy a plethora of Australian fusion dishes that beckon you to look at vegetables in a whole new light. Novel food accompanied with some fine cocktails, desserts and wonderful service make for a delightful experience!
Here’s my pick of the top 5 plant-based foods to check out at Salt Tapas & Bar. Included are some Chef’s specials that they are happy to make for vegetarian diners:
Charred cauliflower, tahini, macadamia, pomegranate, dukkah, herbs (S$14)
A head of cauliflower grilled to perfection and spiced with the famous Egyptian spice Dukkah and the Arabic tahini! Be prepared to look at the humble cauliflower in a new ‘Instagram worthy’ light, with this dish. Interspersed with macadamia and pomegranate, every bite capsules a nice crunch from the cauliflower and nuts and flavour from the various spices, making for a delightful, flavourful dish.
Grilled Eggplant (Special customized item, S$18)
Salt Tapas & Bar delivers what I can only call an eggplant makeover! A whole eggplant beautifully roasted and broiled to creamy perfection topped with dollops of tahini and hummus, chickpeas and borlotti beans. While the taste is familiar, the accompaniments are new and the combination reeks comfort food. I especially enjoyed chunks of this eggplant on a nicely grilled pita.
Padron Peppers, house-made cheese, olive oil, sea salt (S$15)
Padron peppers are a variety of peppers from the municipality of … yes, you guessed it, Padron, in Spain. While this bowl is not bulky, it’s satiating. Served on a bed of creamy homemade cheese, bite of the roasted pepper dipped in cheese had me going back for seconds and thirds.
Falafel scotch egg (Special customized item, S$15)
When I chance upon a new dish that sounds exciting and delivers, I get thrilled to bits. This plate not just delivered, it bowled me over! A beautiful take to the very British Scotch egg that is usually wrapped in sausage and bread crumbs, this egg is wrapped in a chickpea falafel crust and served with a fresh & zesty taboulleh salad and mint yoghurt. Even if you are normally hesitant to try egg in its boiled version, this plate will appease you with its crumbly exterior and unusual taste. I added some chili flakes to spice up my plate and was quite impressed with the overall result. Of course, this one is not for the strict vegetarians!
Banoffee pie, banana & rum parfait, caramel sponge, pecans, cocoa nib brittle (S$12)
The Banofee made my evening! What a perfect way to end a perfect meal. While I certainly have a sweet tooth, very few desserts have the capacity to actually wow me and Banofee did the job. Cream, caramel, sponge cake, pecans, cocoa nibs and brittle combine together in a concoction that is nothing short of heavenly. In fact, I would go so far as to say that go to Salt just to try this dessert if nothing else. Make a pit-stop for Salt’s Banofee after a shopping expedition at Raffles City Mall or sneak away from work for a dessert break – but definitely give this dessert a go. Another noteworthy dessert is the Salted chocolate molten cake, crème fraiche ice cream, raspberry (S$12). Although my favourite was the Banofee Pie, Salt’s Salted Chocolate is truly delicious as well and incidentally their most popular dessert.
I enjoyed my food with “The Australian“. Nope, not what you’re thinking! The Australian at Salt Tapas & Bar is a cocktail of Gin, Cointreau and lime juice, teamed with a secret syrup to produce a drink that is delicately spiced and refreshing. And if you’d like to dine with The Australian too, this is served across all Luke Mangan restaurants around the world.
On an ending note, if you want to expand your palate and have a merry time, head to Salt Tapas & Bar!
Salt Tapas & Bar: Know Before you Go
- Even though the food here is termed Tapas, the dishes at Salt Tapas & Bar are not strictly Spanish, but rather Australian influence on Mediterranean food. The portions are also much larger than tapas-sized bites.
- As previously mentioned, upon request, they can do specially customised vegetarian dishes (that are not on the menu).
- The restaurant runs many happy hour, lunch and weekday promotions – remember to check them out before you visit. https://www.facebook.com/SaltTapasAndBar
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Aruna Rao is a nomad at heart, always on the lookout for new adventures, be they related to food, places or experiences. A full-time working mother to 3 gorgeous kids, she’s lived in 4 countries and declares that ‘home is where her kitchen is’.