Located on a secluded stretch of golden sand on Palawan Beach, overlooking one of Sentosa’s best coastal views, FOC Sentosa is a brand new two-storey all-day destination, offering an ideal hangout for those wanting to savour some European chic without having to leave the country. Drawing its inspiration from the coastal culture of Barcelona (home to a large part of the group’s staff), FOC Sentosa follows the brand’s simple concept of bringing excellent and authentic modern Spanish cuisine to Singapore, complimented by a strong focus on creative cocktails and good service.
What sets FOC Sentosa apart from its sister properties, however, is the scale of the new venture. With spacious private rooms for events on the second floor, a large bar, a generous swimming pool terrace with sun loungers and an air-conditioned dining room, this is a place you might come to for brunch and end up staying the whole day. This is great news for visitors to the city who are looking for somewhere to spend a day chilling in the sun, enjoying good food and drinks. It’s also great news for locals – weekends here look to become much busier as its reputation spreads further.
The restaurant’s interior offers a semi-enclosed open kitchen, bright pastel colours and marine motifs – all the furniture was custom made in Europe with the design the work of Barcelona firm Lagranja. It’s casual but classy and captures a laid-back holiday environment perfectly. As in FOC Hongkong Street, over-sized busts of the team share space on the shelves with Mediterranean produce. Whether you’re there to snack or have an extended feast, the menu has you covered. Fans of the original FOC will be happy to learn that some of the kitchen’s stronger dishes are available on the menu, along with a selection of new Mediterranean dishes unavailable elsewhere. These include choices like the King Crab Cannelloni, the Chicken Wings Sandwich, the Cod Fish and Spanish Caldosa Rice and the FOC Fish & Chips.
From the Chilled Tapas Menu, the King Crab Cannelloni features juicy crab wrapped in thin slices of corgette. Using a touch of Sriracha mayonnaise spice in the dressing, this is a great starter to get the gastric juices flowing. Also innovative, the Chicken Wings sandwich features the deboned chicken slathered in avocado sauce and wedged between two slabs of home-baked brioche – just reward for a hard day’s soak in the sunshine.
Served in a large cast-iron pot, the Cod Fish and Spanish Caldosa Rice is ideal for sharing with friends and like the five other rice dishes on offer, comes in three different sizes (2pax, 3 pax and 4 pax). The FOC Fish and Chips offers a well-seasoned sea bass in crispy batter, served with the kitchen’s unique flat potato chips. Other dishes on the menu include a choice of ‘From the Fisherman’ seafood dishes like Langoustines, Giant Prawns and Lobster and a ‘From the Butcher’ section of meat dishes like Roast Chicken, Pork Ribs, Lamb Rack and Rib Eye Steak.
For a creative palate cleansing dessert, we’d recommend the Gin & Tonic Lime. With frozen gin and tonic encased in a lovely tart lime sorbet crust, this is an excellent bridge between your meal and the hard-to-ignore beckoning cocktail list.
FOC Sentosa, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, tel: 6100 1102, focsentosa.com
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