We popped by for dinner on Friday night to sample Don Quijote’s July off-menu specials. This meal reinforced my view that it’s way better to order off the regular a la carte menu (and their specials), than to have the brunch buffet. In fact, the difference in dining experiences is so marked that it was almost like 2 different restaurants. The food at the brunch buffet, whilst perfectly passable, somehow lacked the added flavour and authenticity of the ‘regular’ food.
The July specials that we ordered were the Spanish squid with olive oil and white wine, Madrid broken eggs, and the meat-lover’s paella. The squid was pretty good – tender, and the white wine sauce was well balanced. I’m still searching for a place that serves a good octopus tapas, though.
The Madrid broken eggs was a good concept, but fell a tad short in the execution. The broken eggs are just that – the yolk and white are mixed together but not evenly, and not scrambled either. Chunks of potato and chorizo completed the dish. The dish could have done with less potato and more egg, because it was way too heavy. Also, unless it was deliberate, this was overloaded with garlic, to the point where you barely tasted anything else.
Although we loved the squid ink pasta on our first visit, we decided to try the meat-lover’s paella, consisting of chorizo, chicken and sliced beef. After watching a paella special on TV recently, this was just what I needed to satisfy a latent paella craving. The rice was flavourful, had a lovely smoky flavour especially the charred bits, and it was all meat so no crustacean shells to deal with. A’s not a huge paella fan, so he was a lot less enamoured with this dish. Well, now that I’ve gotten the paella here out of my system, I’ll be fine to go back to having the pasta again next time.
Maybe if they keep having interesting monthly specials, we can make this place a monthly treat. And if you don’t order the phenomenally overpriced Spanish jamons and cheese platters, prices here are actually quite reasonable.
Parking here is a nightmare. Grrr...
17 Lorong Kilat #01-09
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm