Whole Jamon leg in Singapore at Tanjong Pagar restaurant Pura Brasa

There are tons of restaurants in Tanjong Pagar, but what makes this place so special?

Pura Brasa is a Spanish restaurant beside Tanjong Pagar MRT Station Exit B.

They specialise in Spanish food cooked with a Josper Oven Grill, which is a high-temperature charcoal grill that supposedly imparts a smokey flavours and a nice charred texture to the food.

But, is it just a gimmick, or does the Josper grill actually make the food taste better?

Our honest review of Pura Brasa

While the Tanjong Pagar restaurant is supposedly “Spanish”, you do get elements from other cuisines here and there — not that it impacted our review of the restaurant though.

In short, the food was impressive.

Pancetta and kale pizza review
Pancetta and Kale Pizza ($33)

Out of the few dishes that we tried, the ones that were impacted by the charcoal grill the most were the Pancetta and Kale Pizza ($33) and Smoked Wild Tasmanian Abalone ($48).

The Pancetta and Kale Pizza had the most insane crust. A thin veil of crisp on the exterior. But, once you bite past it, the crust reveals a pillowy texture. You can squish it and press it all you want, but it’ll just bounce back into shape.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of pizza, but I couldn’t help but finish three slices from the get go. We do wish the the pizza could have a bit more toppings though, especially the pancetta.

smoked abalone
Smoked Wild Tasmanian Abalone ($48)

Meanwhile, the abalone was imparted with an insane smokey, reminiscent of barbecue sauce, flavour and aroma. This was great. But, if you have a lighter palate, this might be a bit too flavourful for you.

Whole Jamon leg in Singapore at Tanjong Pagar restaurant Pura Brasa
A whole jamon leg in the restaurant

If you’re drinking and you don’t mind splurging, pair your drinks with their Hand-Cut 72-Month 100% Acorn Fed Bellota Jamón Ham ($65/60g, $35/30g).

It’s served with toast and tomatoes, serrating the rich salty flavours of the ham. While it is sourced from award-winning producer Monte Nevado, the coolest part about the jamon served at Pura Brasa is that it’s carved straight from the leg, which is placed near the entrance of the restaurant.

pura brasa review of the 30 Days Dry-Aged Australian Wagyu Ribeye ($33)
30 Days Dry-Aged Australian Wagyu Ribeye ($33)

We also tried the Iberico Crispy Pork Belly ($29), Josper-Grilled Red Snapper ($34), and 30 Days Dry-Aged Australian Wagyu Ribeye ($33).

The first two were decent, but nothing to scream about. But, for the price, the ribeye was simply amazing. Melt-in-your-mouth, fatty and rich, but still retaining that meaty and beefy flavour. This might be one of more value-for-money steaks in Singapore; we highly recommend.

Our verdict

So, what’s our honest review of Pura Brasa?

The food here was definitely good. But more importantly, it was value-for-money. It’s got a lively atmosphere that’s great for drinks with your friends. If you are looking for a date night restaurant with a more casual and fun ambience, consider making a reservation at Pura Brasa.

Pura Brasa

Location: 5 Wallich St, #01-16, Singapore 078883
Opening hours: 12-11pm

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