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As its Spanish name suggests, Esquina can be found at the corner of Jiak Chuan Road and Telok Lim Road. Despite its 500 square feet and 19 seats only, the casual and urban chic eatery draws an ever-growing crowd of well-heeled customers, who don't hesitate to squeeze at the corner of a window trying to eat standing up their mouthwatering tapas. After all this is part of the tapas tradition!
Yet, if you prefer to eat at a table you'll have to follow the 'No Reservations' policy and wait for about 45 minutes depending of the affluence of the day. Frankly, this is not a big deal as you're just a few streets away from Club Street's upbeat bars. You'll be called as soon as your place is ready.
Even though you can savor your dishes al fresco, the main action takes place inside around the bar counter. Designed by the Colombian Antonio Eraso, the place features artifacts inspired by the urban South America such as advertising and streets signs, industrial lamp, vintage fans and barstools made from recycled tractor seats, the whole creating a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Seated at the bar, you'll witness the executive chef Andrew Walsh enacting the most quiet discipline and professionalism with his staff. The result is just brilliant! At My Guide, we especially loved from the menu the full of rich flavours Salt & Pepper Squid with Black Ink Aioli and the light and refreshing Scallop Ceviche with Radish Salsa. If you're a fan of sangria, go for their signature sangria, which is topped with a sangria foam.
Esquina is definitely a great addition to China Town's chic and trendy corner!