Spanish food and sake really do make a good pairing, and chef-owner Pepe Moncayo, formerly of now-defunct Michelin-starred Santi, proves that point at Bam!
Recently expanded to two shophouse units from its original one, the Spanish restaurant and sake bar serves an intriguing omakase menu (from $128), where chef Pepe serves up eight unusual courses of Spanish-inspired cuisine paired with a thoughtfully selected parade of sake.
Expect dishes like Catalan sea cucumber ($48), pork noodles and sake; padron peppers, sesame, bonito flakes ($12); and scallop, coco bean de paimpol, chicken combs and softbones ($38). Chef Pepe is particularly chuffed by his use of sea cucumber, which he cooks with a blow torch. “Many other Spanish chefs don’t even know about this,” he likes to say.
Located in a pre-war shophouse, this slick establishment with a stunning open kitchen, dark wood decor and over-sized prints of retro movie stars is an excellent spot for discreet yet sophisticated dining.
A la carte menus and set lunches are also available.
38 Tras Street. Tel : 6226 0500
Cover : Seating corner of Bam!
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s January 2017 Issue, ‘Restaurants’.