Kaixo, along Tanjong Pagar Road, supposedly specialises in pintxos, which are Basque-style tapas served with a skewer or toothpick, usually attaching an ingredient to a slice of bread. The pintxos at Kaixo were noticeably lacking that crucial detail, but that didnt make them any less tasty.
We ordered a selection of 3 - a bowl of squid with fried carrots, one with sardines and charred peppers and another with anchovies and potato salad. All were prepared really well, with very harmonious flavours.
The sauteed squid with scrambled eggs, an off-menu special, was ok, if somewhat generic.
Their Iberico pork loin was quite tasty, but unfortunately it was a tad overcooked and therefore a bit dry. The bacalao had a surprisingly mild flavour, to the point of being underseasoned, and the texture was somewhat stringy.
Another off-menu special, the creamy bomba rice with grilled octopus, fared much better. The rice was a bit on the soupy side and not as creamy as the name suggested, the pieces of grilled octopus were excellent - charred, smoky and incredibly tender.
The french toast with berry coulis and vanilla ice cream was a nice way to round off the meal. Still, the "pintxos" were the best things there. The rest of the dishes were passable but nothing that would make me return for more.
The pintxos are great. So much so that everything else, while very good, still ended up disappointing. My recommendation, just get a set of 5 per person. Then you don't have to share.
96 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tues - Sat: 12 noon - 2.30pm; 6 pm - 11 pm