As we continued to explore Keong Saik Road, Pasta Inc. and Potato Head Folk being two restaurants we've reviewed previously, we found a quiet Spanish eatery in the early evening of Friday. Literally meaning 'Wine Life', Vida Vino serves an eclectic range of tapas (Spanish small savoury dishes typically served with drinks), as well as a few main courses and dessert items.
Padron Peppers S$12.00
Eating those green-coloured peppers was akin to playing Russian roulette as most of them wouldn't be hot at all, but there might be a chance of getting a particularly tongue-burning one. Well, everything turned out to be non-spicy, but enjoyably sweet. Rubbed with an adequate amount of mild salt, they made a good opening to the dinner.
Octopus Galician Style S$18.00
The next mini dish that came to the table was the tentacle of an octopus that had a nice springy texture, far from being rubbery. It was sitting on a bed of lightly seared potatoes that made me crave for more. On top of that, green olives were there to adorn the dish further.
Mini Wagyu Beef Burger S$15.00
I smiled at the appearance of the mini burger that came with fries that were a tad too big for the container, as if the dish was prepared for a dwarf. The beef patty was undoubtedly juicy, but the taste of the red meat wasn't as robust as expected. On top of it was a quail egg, delicately done sunny-side up.
Seafood Paella S$65.00
The big dish, unfortunately, didn't deserve an exceptionally high score. Enough to feed three people, the Valencian rice dish tasted somewhat monotonous, slightly lacking in sweetness. While the clams were pretty succulent, the squid and shrimps weren't equally so. The charred portion of the rice wasn't that crispy as well.
Green Tea Crema Catalana S$14.00
A Spanish take on the popular French crème brûlée, the moderately creamy dessert was served in a floral-patterned cup. Not cloyingly sweet, it did carry with it a nice hint of green tea. The caramel layer on top was one of the thickest I've ever encountered so far. Served on the side were two homemade Pocky-like sticks with almond crumbs.
It was a pity that the main course wasn't that impressive, but the dim and relaxing ambience was good. Pika's advice: When I visited the eatery, paella was the only main course available. Recently, they have come up with more main dishes, which you can check out from their website.
29 Keong Saik Road
(Mon-Fri: 12 noon - 2.30pm, 6.00pm - 12 midnight; Sat: 6.00pm - 12 midnight)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Have a nice meal,