Milagro Spanish Restaurant at Orchard Central - Affordable Spanish, But Better Value At Lunch

Milagro, or"miracle" in Spanish is the title of this indie Spanish outfit located in Orchard Central opened by a Singaporean. Situated on the 8th level, the full-length glass windows at the side afford diners a good street view from a height, though there are no tangible scenery to speak of as directly opposite is Orchard Point. 

The interior is spacious and the atmosphere is casual and warm. Fittingly so too, because the prices on the menu are affordable and there is no GST nor service charged here. They also serve lunch specials here, which appear to be much more good value than dinner.

The menu includes a good variety of Spanish Tapas, entrees and mains categorised by land and sea. There's also a selection of wines/cocktails and desserts.  

Clams Al Jerez ($9)
These white clams, or what we know colloquially as la la, are cooked in broth spiked with sherry wine. They were juicy and thankfully, not fishy. The slightly garlicky, briny soup also carried a seafood sweetness. Overall, a pretty good dish.

Croquetas De Jamon ($8)
The Croquetas de Jamon - stuffed potato balls of cheese and Jamon ham were soft though the exterior is battered and fried. The cheese melted within oozes out. At only 3 balls per portion, this wouldn't make a good dish for sharing (as we tried to) nor value for money. 

Of course, how could we miss out on the iconic Spanish dish of Paella? Our choice of Paella Valenciana was served with chicken chunks and French beans. Though the service staff told us that the portion size would be good for us (5 people), it actually can be finished between 2 people comfortably. To share between 5 is stretching it a little thin despite the width of the pan, because the rice is only a thin layer atop.

While the chicken chunks were moist enough, the rice itself was a tad oily. There wasn't any charred rice bits around too to give the dish a contrast in textures. However, in terms of flavour, I still enjoyed this dish. 

Paella Valenciana ($47)
Milagro is surely a good choice for Spanish fare that doesn't leave a gaping hole in the pocket. Perhaps not the most authentic, but the quality is nonetheless on par. The setting is also good for group gatherings and prices among the most family-friendly you can find locally for spanish fare. If you can, go during lunchtime for the even more affordable lunch sets. I will be back to try the churros and gazpachos (Spanish Cold Soup).

Milagro Spanish Restaurant
#08-06/07 Orchard Central
181 Orchard Rd, S238896
Daily from noon-2.30pm and 6pm-10pm.