SINGAPORE RESTAURANT

Boca

A Portuguese tapas, bar and restaurant on Bukit Pasoh serves a seafood-driven menu and even comes with a dedicated olive oil bar.

This Portuguese restaurant takes over the space formerly occupied by Italian restaurant Oca Grassa. The three-story space has different concepts on each floor all dishing a variety of small plates. While the first floor is the true tapas bar with options like garlic, coriander and white wine clams and traditional chicken empadinhas as well as the famed bacalhau. Heartier dishes come in the form of quails, chourico (yes, Portuguese chorizo) and fried lamb chops. Everything also comes with wine recommendations with the third floor being a wine library with cheese degustations and an olive oil bar.

The buzz: Arguably Singapore's first dedicated Portuguese restaurant has taken over this quaint three-story shophouse space formerly occupied by Italian restaurant Oca Grassa. 

The vibe: The place is pleasantly airy, the type of joint where you could plonk down at the bar and have some tapas and a glass of wine after work. Each floor has its own theme, with an open bodega feel on the first, a sit-down dining room with booths on the second and a wine, olive oil and cheese bar on the third floor. The interiors are super gorgeous and come in cooling shades of blue and a soundtrack of croony, salsa-esque tunes interspersed with bossa nova beats.

The food: Most plates are meant for sharing and showcase the best of Portuguese cuisine. There’s a refreshing and tender octopus salad ($24) with a medley of capsicum and onions; the boozy flamed chourico ($28) that’s burned with brandy; and the homey shrimp bread porridge ($28), a staple in Portuguese homes. Don’t miss the famed bacalhau ($28) comprising dry salted cod, black olives and a cracked egg.

The drinks: There’s an extensive, Portuguese-leaning wine menu that extends beyond the usuals of vinho verde and Port. Easy drinkers include the white Quinta de Gomariz G. Escolha ($16/glass, $79/bottle), as well as the red Quinta do Vallado from Douro ($16/glass, $80/bottle).

Why you’ll be back: Gorgeous and breezy decor aside, Portuguese food has tons of comforting flavors. It’s not the most refined compared to its European counterparts but that's why it's a great option for after-work drinks or a lazy weekend lunch.

Venue Details
Address: Boca, 6 Bukit Pasoh Rd., Singapore, 089820 Singapore
Phone: 6221-0132
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Boca-Singapore/42499848431410
Area: Chinatown
Cuisine: Latin
Open since: January, 2015
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight
Nearest trainChinatown
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