It was the husband’s 35th birthday on the 23rd of Sept, and I was stumped about where to go. He’s not exactly fussy, but he has a very discerning palate and his commentary about food can earn him a top food blogger award already, except that… he doesn’t have a food blog. Hahaha.

He LOVES Spanish food – and I don’t mind (although, give me Japanese anytime), so when a friend suggested BAM! Tapas Sake Bar, I thought “Aiyah why not?  Sounds like a perfect marriage – and it’s his night!”. Made a reservation at 6 (that’s when they open) for 730pm, and thank god I did, cos the restaurant was filling up fast right after we were seated!

BAM! Tapas Sake Bar is pretty near one of our favorite dining spots (Teppei Japanese Restaurant) and it wasn’t hard to find – just a little hard to park if you’re in heels and need to park nearer to the restaurant (it’s along a row of shophouses). I was wearing sensible shoes (and always have backups in the car) so we opted to walk from Orchid Hotel, where we parked.

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{ BAM! Tapas Sake Bar }

38 Tras St, Singapore
Tel: 6226 0500 | Website | Facebook | Opening hours & reservations

BAM! has pretty dim lighting, which explains the graininess of the pictures I have for you. Love the simple logo design.

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Menu looks a bit confusing huh? Basically it’s more of X + Y, served with Z. So Calamari + Otah, served with mint something. You can take a look at BAM!’s full and latest ala-carte menu online here.

They also have Omakase ranging from $150 – $190, and set lunches for $38++!

We wanted to get the Suckling Pig served with Paprika & Violet Mustard ($78), and it takes 45 minutes – so if you’re going for this, please order it right after walking in, haha.

BAM actually pairs sake with your food - and for this, they have an excellent selection of sake all housed in this glass cellar which stands out (it's practically placed to make you stare haha) the minute you enter!

BAM actually pairs sake with your food – and for this, they have an excellent selection of sake all housed in this glass cellar which stands out (it’s practically placed to make you stare haha) the minute you enter!

Sorry guys - I'm not a huge drinker, so I went for a very safe mojito

Sorry guys – I’m not a huge drinker, so I went for a very safe mojito

My husband got a very pretty one though (I CANNOT REMEMBER THE NAME I'M SORRY!)

My husband got a very pretty one though (I CANNOT REMEMBER THE NAME I’M SORRY!)

White Button Mushroom Soup, Parmesan, Sake - $9 Served in a cup atop a saucer, looking more like coffee with some serious frothing more than anything else. It was a delicious bowl of soup (much needed for a starving person), albeit intense but I'll definitely order this again!

White Button Mushroom Soup, Parmesan, Sake ($9)
Served in a cup atop a saucer, looking more like coffee with some serious frothing more than anything else. It was a delicious bowl of soup (much needed for a starving person), albeit intense but I’ll definitely order this again!

Prawns, Hummus, Lentils ($15) I love shellfish (except oysters), so this was the first thing on my order list! For $15, you get 4 prawns which was well cooked and went well with the hummus!

Prawns, Hummus, Lentils ($15)
I love shellfish (except oysters), so this was the first thing on my order list! For $15, you get 4 prawns which was well cooked and went well with the hummus!

Calamari, Otah, Mint ($12) My husband was a bit lost when this arrived cos I think he was expecting fried calamari hahahaha. I don't blame him! I love sotong though and this one, stuffed with otah like a Japanese Ikameshi (squid stuffed with rice) was DELISH! Wish they had bigger portions of course, but this was tapas and you aren't expected to be full with just one dish.

Calamari, Otah, Mint ($12)
My husband was a bit lost when this arrived cos I think he was expecting fried calamari hahahaha. I don’t blame him! I love sotong though and this one, stuffed with otah like a Japanese Ikameshi (squid stuffed with rice) was DELISH! Wish they had bigger portions of course, but this was tapas and you aren’t expected to be full with just one dish.

Duck Gyoza, Sherry Beurre Blanc ($17) It looks unassuming. You wouldn't have thought that it would taste THAT GOOD. I will say that this is a must-try in BAM!

Duck Gyoza, Sherry Beurre Blanc ($17)
It looks unassuming. You wouldn’t have thought that it would taste THAT GOOD. I will say that this is a must-try in BAM!

Oh the duck... Gyoza's larger than a normal one - about the size of your palm.

Oh the duck… Gyoza’s larger than a normal one – about the size of your palm.

Cod Fish 'Tripe' Fritters, Iberico XO ($14) The prettiest dish of the night and supposedly a delicacy that's hard to find even in Barcelona, but unfortunately not my cup of tea. It's not bad, but really just not my preference! It's actually the bladder of a fish and tastes chewy. It's also known as the fish maw but the fish maw that we are used to is of a totally different texture.

Cod Fish ‘Tripe’ Fritters, Iberico XO ($14)
The prettiest dish of the night and supposedly a delicacy that’s hard to find even in Barcelona, but unfortunately not my cup of tea. It’s not bad, but really just not my preference! It’s actually the bladder of a fish and tastes chewy. It’s also known as the fish maw but the fish maw that we are used to is of a totally different texture.

Suckling Pig served with Paprika & Violet Mustard ($78) WHOA MAMA. ORDER THIS ONCE YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOOR!!! LOVE how this was cooked. I don't eat much meat but this - if i weren't so full from the earlier dishes, I might have finished everything myself. We ordered only one portion, but it was shared/halved and we got a plate each with a still generous serving of this. It's amazing how little fats this has in it!

Suckling Pig served with Paprika & Violet Mustard ($78)
WHOA MAMA. ORDER THIS ONCE YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOOR!!! LOVE how this was cooked. I don’t eat much meat but this – if i weren’t so full from the earlier dishes, I might have finished everything myself. We ordered only one portion, but it was shared/halved and we got a plate each with a still generous serving of this. It’s amazing how little fats this has in it!

Total bill for the night came up to $200 odd – some people may balk at the price tag, but it’s tapas, and in Barcelona you typically order a few dishes at one go anyway. AND IT’S GOOD! Chef Pepe was fantastic, and had us contemplating coming back for omakase after watching the next table get served one delicious dish after another! Makes me miss Barcelona and Japan at the same time, this place.

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