Gaig

Charley Larcombe has a business lunch which boasts Catalan tastes, whilst nestled in Singapore’s CBD.

Restaurant reveiw: Catalan fare at Gaig near Telok Ayer in Singapore's CBD
You really are spoilt for choice for where to lunch if you’re office is located in the CBD. Every type of cuisine is within walking distance or, at the click of an app, it can be delivered straight to your desk.
However, if you’re looking for a midday business spot with good food, good history and a good space for a productive chat with colleagues, check out Gaig, tucked away on a quieter street off Telok Ayer.
This Catalan restaurant has an impressive back story; its older sister in Barcelona has been in the Gaig family since 1869 and it earned its first Michelin Star in ’93. Luckily for us, celebrated Chef Carles Gaig has curated a delicious menu of tapas and traditional Catalan dishes for this Singapore ‘outpost’ which is managed by his daughter Nuria Gibert. Rest assured you’re tasting the real flavours of Barca. Everything is made ‘in-house’ in the kitchen or imported directly from Spain to perfectly recreate the original dishes and to ensure an authentic experience.
Must tries include the traditional cannelloni, a 150-year-old recipe of roasted meat, wrapped in homemade pasta and bathed in truffle sauce; and the squid ink seafood fideuà which is similar to paella but with vermicelli noodles to give a nod to the region. A dish for the ravenous is the oven-roasted suckling pig for melt-in-your-mouth goodness, whilst a selection of the tapas plates – the croquettes are the winners – would be ideal for sustenance whilst brain storming with your team.
Do take a moment to talk to Nuria who is charming and knowledgeable but also fascinating in her stories for each dish; not only do your tastebuds get the flavours of Spain, but your transported there too by her accounts of the history of her family and the original Taberna d’en Gaig.

GAIG
16 Stanley St., 068735
restaurantgaig.com