Fandangos Tapas and Wine Bar, Chijmes, Singapore * NOW CLOSED*

Located on Victoria street, across the road from Raffles hotel, Chijmes is a former convent and church now converted into a complex housing multiple bars, restaurants and shops. Bobbys located on the basement level is always good for watching sporting events, large screens are put up in the courtyard and people of every nationality gather to cheer on “their” team. Fandangos is located on the main courtyard level, a small tapas and wine bar with plenty of outdoor seating with the added bonus of fans and shade from the trees to keep you cool.

Their Happy Hour runs daily fro 3-7pm and offers 1-4-1 on bottled and draught beer (a pint of Stella is $14 so that’s 2 pints for $14 during happy hour) as well as on standard spirits and house wine by the glass (starting at $12)

They also run an attractive set lunch menu where you can choose 2 tapas dishes for $18 from 12-3 from a selection of Asian and Spanish dishes. Arriving shortly before 3pm you are therefore able to order your meal and when it arrives (after 3pm) you place your order for beer allowing you to enjoy 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine and 2 tapas dishes for $40 inclusive of all taxes and service.

My pork salad with lemongrass and mango was very refreshing and light but still a generous size especially for “tapas” and the Japanese eggplant tempura was crisp and lightly fried without becoming stodgy and the 2 dishes were  a great size for a late lunch. Service is well meaning but a little disorganized outside of peak times – they seem to schedule their best staff to deal with Happy Hour and the evening service which follows (which is fair enough) Fandangos is a lovely place to sit and enjoy a refreshing beer or 2 and the Happy hour is one of the best I have seen, whilst the food isn’t of restaurant quality, it is certainly an enjoyable snack for drinking.

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