Despite its famed hawker foods, one does need to take a break from all those char koay teow & assam laksa after a few days. One of the island's new eating places was Agua, which offered a range of Spanish tapas (albondigas, tortilla Espanola, etc) from 2.30pm till late, and a range of other Mediterranean options during main meal times. I had lunch there today and really liked their appestiser of grilled polenta, topped with fresh mushrooms cooked in cream sauce, with a sprinkling of paprika & chopped parsley.
Another good appetiser was the hummous dip (one of the best I'd tried all year), served with pita bread.
The competently executed appetisers heightened our expectations, but we were rather let down by our choice of entree: Spanish paella with pork, mussels, squid & string beans. The paella was rather bland & soggy, and lacked the requisite crust at the bottom of the pan. But I'd still go back to check out the rest of their menu - they looked very promising, with a talented kitchen crew who can only get better when they settle down.
3A-G 18 & 19, Straits Quay
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang
Tapas: 2.30pm onwards