Monday, July 2

FOC Restaurant, Hong Kong Street

I’m watching Chef’s Table as I’m typing this out and realising I would never be as eloquent as the guest interviewees on that show. *Takes a deep breath*

After my virgin visit close to 2 years ago, I’ve always wanted to make a return trip to FOC Restaurant. I went with a couple of girlfriends then and I wanted KW to try the deliciousness I was exposed to. Of course, when I finally made that reservation to visit with my in-laws and KW, I suddenly thought, “Oh dear, what if the food isn’t as good as before? What if standards have gone down?”

Thankfully, the food was just as good, if not better. The words “tapas” has been thrown around a lot, basically used to describe anything served on small plates. But at FOC, they actually serve traditional tapas, with a modern edgy spin. Vibrant, flavourful and toothsome. Perhaps, even better than what I had in Barcelona a lifetime ago (otherwise, known as BC – Before Children).

The croquettes were handy little bundles of mushroom and ham. Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. A must-order.

Another crunchy snack were the “Patatas Bravas” FOC Style (fried potatoes), which I don’t have a picture of as I was trying to wrestle/coddle a testy three year old. #mom life


Prawns in Rich Garlic Sauce “al ajillo”
Gambas al ajillo

Prawns in rice garlic sauce that had undeniably been infused with the aroma of fried prawn heads.

Roasted Pork Belly with Potatoes & Mustard
Panceta de cerdo asado con patata, cebolla y mostaza

Ridiculously soft and tender, with a prized crunchy skin. We ordered seconds as soon as the first was polished off.

Sautéed Cauli_ower with Pine Nuts & Spring Onion 
Coli_or salteada con piñones, romesco y cebolleta

If you do need some greens (or whites) to balance all the richness of the meal, order this cauliflower dish pronto.

Baby Octopus with Corn purée, Squid Ink & Onion Sauce
Pulpitos con puré de maíz, tinta de calamar y salsa de cebolla

It's not obviously likeable but an interesting take on seafood and corn.

Open Tortilla with Peppers & Tru e or “Ibérico” Ham 
Tortilla abierta con trufa o Jamón Ibérico y pimientos del piquillo 

This was a beauty when it arrived and before it got folded. It's a very fancy-smancy version of a ham omelette. Don't deny yourself fancy-smancy eggs and ham.

Charcoal Grilled Sweet Potato with Quinoa, Feta & Sundried Tomato
Boniato a la brasa con quinoa, feta y tomate semi-seco

Perhaps this was the only dish we weren’t excited about. It was good but more like something you would only order because there is a hipster health nut in your party.

Suckling Pig & Scallops
Arroz / Fideuà de cochinillo segoviano con vieiras

The paella here is lip-smackingly scrumptious. Every grain is just plump with flavour, nothing to hide behind. We had the suckling pig and scallop, but I’m sure whatever you order would be awesome.

Spanish “French Toast” & Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Torrija con helado casero de vainilla

We were absolutely stuffed but the boys were chanting “Dessert” as if it were a closing prayer. We might have only ordered one dessert but I’m quite sure this is the desset to have at FOC. Cinnamon-sugar-dusted pillows that dessert dreams are made from.

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