La Ventana

Spanish

Dempsey

16A Dempsey Road, Singapore 247695

www.laventana.com.sg

Overview

Opening Hours Mon-Sun 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm

Dress CodeCasual

ReservationYes

BuffetNo

Corkage%50-$70/Bottle

Accept Credit CardYes

Smoking AreaYes

Review

Lovely indoor and outdoor furniture is put together in good taste. There is also the creative use of unusual plates and serving platters to make the dishes look visually exciting and entertaining. Linens, stemware and cutlery are well chosen. Lighting for the restaurant is sensitively designed and the seating arrangements provide for sufficient privacy from the next table. Overall, the design of the restaurant setting creates a casually elegant ambience.

The canelón is a small but flavourful beef and pork stuffed caneloni served in a rich truffle cream sauce. Every mouthful is lusciously delicious and the same recipe has been a top seller since 1869. The somewhat small size of the canelón is compensated by its tasty and well-seasoned flavours. 

Lobster coca features generous slices of fresh and tasty lobster atop finely shaven vegetables on a square of puff pasty. It’s a very successful marriage of fresh and quality ingredients. 

The crispy suckling pig is meltingly tender with the lightest, parchment-thin crackling on top. This is refreshingly accompanied by strawberries tossed in a balsamic dressing. 

Good for sharing, the pigeon paella is memorable for its hearty and robust flavours and its beautifully tender and juicy pigeon meat. 

For dessert, the chocolate coulant is a delicious lava cake made with 72% Araguani chocolate. It is delicious served with berries, dark crumble and Tahitian vanilla ice cream.

With a choice of almost 100 labels of Spanish wines, this restaurant is confident in pairing any of its Spanish offerings with ample selections to choose from. There are reds, whites, sparkling and sweet wines. While the selection lacks geographical range, the wines here are specially picked to go perfectly with the cuisine offered. For those who only want a glass, there are a dozen housepours to choose from.

Service is pleasantly efficient at booking and upon arrival, and only warms up at the ordering of food. The waitress attending is well versed in the cuisine and is chatty, offering suggestions and explaining some of the seasonal specials. After ordering, service is brisk, and they mostly leave you alone to dine, without asking much for feedback. Overall, the impression one gets of the service there is mostly efficient and brisk.

This is a mid-priced restaurant that offers good value for the excellent ingredients and culinary skill offered. While it is not cheap by any standard, it gives good value for money spent.