Sabio by the Sea Paella de Pescado authentic Spanish seafood paella

Sentosa is the closest to being overseas for desperate, travel-deprived Singaporeans and Sabio by the Sea is the restaurant that seals the deal.

Located at Quayside Isle, Sabio by the Sea is a Spanish Tapas Bar that overlooks the sea, serving premium Jamón and Chorizo from Spain, as well as cooked tapas that are fired in a Josper oven.

The Esparrago (S$18) was executed like other no other with the Josper oven, bestowing a beautiful crispy and ashy char upon the asparagus whilst retaining a touch of freshness at its core. It came with a jammy boiled egg and Jamon Serrano, which richness paired well against the creamy yolk.

Next, the El Pulpo ($24) featured a smoky grilled octopus. It had a refreshing briny flavour amidst the smokiness imparted by the grill, but the slightly mushy texture ruined the experience. It would’ve been perfect with a crunchier texture.

You can’t go to a Spanish restaurant and skip the paella. Sabio’s Paella de Pescado costs $29 for a Small and $49 for a Large, serving 2 and 4 people respectively. Chicken, squid ink and a vegetarian option is also available for the same price.

The paella is prepared upon ordering and took roughly 30 minutes. It was packed with flavour, imparted with whispers of sweet and tart elements. The rice was also on point, moist without being mushy.

However, the seafood, albeit generously portioned, could’ve been more plump, especially since it was Sabio by the Sea.

For a pseudo surf and turf action, we ordered Josper-grilled Steaks Beef T-Bone ($58) which came with a side of either Paprika-spiced Patatas, Baby Spinach Salad, Sautéed Garlic Mushroom, “Viola” Mashed Potato, Roasted Garlic Bread or Crisp Golden French Fries.

The beef wasn’t very impressive for its price. But the portion is justified, considering it was a Filet Mignon and New York Strip in one. However, we wished that the striploin could’ve been more tender. The crust was also pathetic and in general, the steak was over-seasoned.

It’s embarrassing how the Sautéed Garlic Mushroom stole the show even though it was just the side character.


Factoring in the tourism price hike, Sabio by the Sea was a decent spot for dinner. Just skip the beef when you’re there.

Location: 31 Ocean Way, #01-02, 098375
+65 6690 7658
Opening hours:
Monday- Thursday: 5- 10:30pm
Friday: 12- 11pm
Saturday: 11:30am- 11pm
Sunday: 11:30am- 10:30pm

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