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Vida Vino brings the essence of the Mediterranean to Keong Saik Road

About Vida Vino

Vida Vino, a chic space that echoes the 50’s in a vibrant way, reflects what Vida Vino stands for – meaning ‘Wine Life’ in Spanish. It is a place where the beauty and the vibrancy of Spain meets the classic elegance of the Mediterranean – an honest space that pays homage to bygone days.

Vida Vino offers a casual dining experience, yet has fine attention to detail. The tapas are served in a fun-to-share manner. It is situated right in the heart of Singapore’s vibrant food scene at 29 Keong Saik Road in Singapore. 


The restaurant sources the highest quality, most fresh ingredients to produce its dishes. For example, the 5 Jotas Pure Iberico Jamon de Bellota, which is air flown weekly to Singapore from Jabugo in Spain; or clams that are flown in from France twice a week. These ingredients, prepared in a time-honoured tradition, give the savoury morsels produced in the Vida Vino kitchen their bona fide Mediterranean flavour. The dishes are creatively presented and the menu has a few modern twists, such as the Crispy Beer Tempura Courgette Flower, filled with Ricotta Cheese and Mint. On special occasions, you’ll be rewarded with something typical from the region – like Turron at Christmas time. 

Our Executive Chef

The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Victor Caballé Molina. 

Victor grew up in Spain and comes from a family of restaurateurs, sommeliers, pâtissiers and chefs. His grandfather, a great chef who cooked dishes from recipes handed down through generations, taught him to cook and pick fresh ingredients from his own garden. At 14, he learned to bake many variations of bread at a bakery owned by family friends. 

Victor honed his skills at some of the world’s finest restaurants. His professional development began under the tutelage of Chef John-Philippe Patruno from the three Michelin star restaurant Chez Nico on London’s Park Lane and the critically acclaimed Fino and Barrafina. He later worked at the 88-year old world renowned Quo Vadis on London’s Dean Street, as well as at the well known Jose Pizarro restaurant on Bermondsy Street and at the W Hotel’s Spice Market, before moving to Singapore. In Singapore, Victor reunited with Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno at Bomba. Most recently, he was the Head Chef of The Study restaurant (Keong Saik Snacks) – one of Jason Atherton’s famed eateries.  

The Wine Life

With wine in its name, the collection at Vida Vino spans from across the globe. Wines from Spain, Italy and France to New Zealand, Austria and California can be found here. The collection has been carefully selected with taste and quality in mind, featuring labels that may be off the beaten track yet are their wines are excellent, priced at great value.

The heavier reds pair fantastically with the Iberian ham platters and of course with the Iberico Pork Secreto. The light and crisp whites pair magically with the seafood dishes.

Even the drinks are special. The Vida Vino Sangria has proved very popular as it is loaded with liquor – Jack Daniels, Cointreau, Creme de Cassis, Cava – and fruits, including some coconut, which are blended together to make a ‘crystal clear’ Sangria. A Gin & Tonic is prepared using chardonnay to give it a crisp, refreshing taste. 

Our Sommelier

Cruise Yang is a wine enthusiast turned sommelier. He is a somewhat unorthodox in the discipline, as he believes that wine is much more than simply a drink – it is a lifestyle choice, a mood or it represents an idea. He breathes life into a wine menu with his romantic descriptions because his philosophy is that the mental impression of the wine is as important as the taste of the wines themselves. 

In 2009 Cruise opened a wine retail shop called “World of Wines”. In 2012 he partnered with Iconic Wines, Singapore’s largest Spanish wines distributor, to open ” E Plus Wine” at Dempsey Hill.Cruise is also the founder of “Man of wine”, a wine lover’s community where people are brought together, beyond our urban walls, one glass at a time.


Aaron Olivera, El Presidente Vida Vino was conceived by Aaron Olivera, the Founder and President of the Vida Vino Group. Aaron is from Gibraltar, a UK colony on Spain’s southernmost tip. He has been travelling to Singapore for the past 15 years, working in different industries, from Training and Development, to Oil and Gas and Publishing. In 2010 Aaron decided to pursue his passion to create spaces that afford people with ultimate enjoyment. Aaron believes that life is too short to allow ourselves the luxury of living it badly, that life should be a party, a grand festival. At Vida Vino he ensures that the overall direction and ethos stays true to the core of helping to deliver happiness.

SoSoH Group – Investor & Operator

The principal investor and operator of Vida Vino is the SoSoH Group, a Singapore headquartered company, which is fast growing its lifestyle business group.  The SoSoH Group manages Vino Vido’s operations, finance and compliance. The intention is to develop and expand the brand across Asia while retaining an authentic Spanish experience for its patrons.  The SoSoH Group has interests in hotels, villas and restaurants in Bali and has plans to extend its lifestyle brand into Hong Kong, China & Taiwan over the next 2 years.

Vida Vino, 29 Keong
Saik Road, Singapore

TEL: +65
6222 1963


High resolution food images can be downloaded here

La Barca Receives Award of Excellence

26 May 2012, SINGAPORE – La Barca Ristorante & Wine Bar has received an Award Of Excellence for ‘Best New Restaurant, Western’ by The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel “G Restaurant Awards 2012”. “We are so happy to be recognized in such a prestigious manner” said chef Michele Sorrentino.

“We are very proud of our efforts. We have strived to position La Barca as an upmarket, yet casual restaurant. I want everyone to be able to experience my food, so we have a fine dining menu in the evening, hearty good food for lunch at a reasonable price and family brunches on the weekends,” continued Sorrentino.

“Our menu is designed to make all of our customers happy. We have people coming from the CBD during the week for lunch, those who prefer to escape the crowded inner city and discuss work in a relaxed manner. They only have a short drive to enjoy a delicious set lunch in quiet surroundings. We have couples and groups who want a romantic dinner in the evening,  and then on the weekends we have parents who want a leisurely family meal and to enjoy a glass of wine while their children play happily in the grounds.  The new parking arrangements have pleased the customers too!” 

La Barca offers complimentary parking for guests at Block C, Goodman Arts Centre. Taxis may also drop off and pick up passengers at the same car park, which is beside the restaurant’s entrance

La Barca Ristorante & Wine Bar is owned and operated by Chef Michele Sorrentino and Christopher Tung. It is situated at the Goodman Arts Centre on the East Coast of Singapore. La Barca is so called because of it’s shape, which is reminiscent of a boat. The restaurant has recently been recognised with an Award of Excellence for Best Restaurant, Western in The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel “G Restaurant Awards 2012” , a supplement to The Peak Singapore magazine.

La Barca Media Alert: Now serving Weekend Brunches and Pizza's


La Barca Ristorante is now open for brunch from 11am to 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy homemade sausages and eggs, fluffy omelettes, incredibly delicious pizzas and more from a diverse menu that will satisfy every palate. There is also a special kids menu.

Complemented by free flow Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) for just $30 per person, diners can relax with friends and family inside the restaurant, or al fresco while their children play on the grass or in our new playroom.


La Barca is now serving a delicious pizza menu. The pizzeria is open Tuesday through Sunday and serves:

  • Pizza Margherita (Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil)
  • Pizza al Prosciutto (Tomato, Mozzarella, Parma Ham)
  • Pizza Vegetariana (Tomato, Mozzarella, Bell Pepper, Eggplant, Zucchini, Fresh Tomato, Basil)
  • Pizza al Tonno e Cipolla (Tomato, Mozzarella, Tuna, Onion)
  • Pizza ai Funghi (Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Mushrooms)
  • Pizza Salsiccia Piccante (Tomato, Mozzarella, Handmade Sausage)

 If you would like to review our new menu, please let us know.



About La Barca

La Barca is a family dining restaurant situated at the Goodman Arts Centre, in Katong. The food served is classic Tuscan fare with a modern twist, with an emphasis on fresh flavours and stylish presentation. 


15 March 2012, SINGAPORE – Throughout the month of April, Fandango Tapas and Wine Bar will be “Pretty in Pink” with an exciting wine promotion introducing a selection of fun and flirty rosé sparkling and still wines. This is, admittedly, one for the ladies.

Fandango will feature a wide selection of rosé wines including a Champagne, a Spanish Cava, a Pink Moscato, a Lambrusco Rosato and a Zibibbo Rosa. All the wines will be available by the glass so you can try a few until you find your favourite “pink” wine. The full wine list for this promotion is attached.

Whether it’s rosé (France), rosado (Spain), rosato (Italy) or blush – these terms all refer to pink wine. This pink shade can range from a soft, subtle hue to a vibrant, hot pink depending on the grape used and how long the grape skins were in contact with the juice. The flavours of rosé wines tend to be more subtle versions of their red wine varietal counterparts. The fruit expectations lean towards strawberry, cherry, and raspberry with some citrus and watermelon.

Rosés are perfect for hot weather, as they are served chilled and can be a refreshing accompaniment to a variety of warm weather fare. Rosé wines also top the charts for food-friendly versatility, so when you are dining “tapas-style” at Fandango you can rest assured that a rosé wine can handle both the seafood and the meat in one fell sip.

Fandango offers an eclectic and exciting food menu featuring both traditional Spanish tapas as well as our signature Asian fusion menu which is served in the ‘tapas’ style. Expect to see classic Spanish tapas dishes, such as Albondigas and Gambas al Ajillo, and tapas-styled dishes from many other cuisines, like Calamari with Mango Mayo and Asian Pork Patties with Black Pepper Sauce featured on the menu.

We would be delighted to entertain you at Fandango and show off these beautiful pink wines. Please call Emma on 8383 9615 to arrange an appointment for a tasting or photo-shoot.

Emma Sebrof
Managing Director
Fandango Tapas and Wine Pte Ltd
30 Victoria Street, CHIJMES #01-17, S187996

Media contact:
Illka Gobius
+65 9769 8370

Fandango Tapas and Wine Bar is a modern twist on the traditional Spanish ‘tapas’ concept. We pride ourselves on our eclectic menu, serving both traditional Spanish tapas and excitingly diverse dishes from around the world, all served in the ‘tapas’ style. Much like Singapore itself, Fandango is a melting pot of wonderful culinary styles and flavours, and we don’t let a little thing like ‘geography’ come between us and our favourite dishes.

Our wine list is extensive with sixty labels from around the world, and features twenty wines which are available ‘by the glass’ so you can try something new every time you visit. We use only Riedel crystal wine glasses to ensure every glass of wine is a wonderful experience.

La Barca embraces Valentine's Day with a heart warming menu

What more romantic way could you celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a wonderful Italian meal prepared by one of Italy’s top chefs? Well you don’t need to go to Tuscany to do it! Join us at La Barca for Valentine’s Day and receive complimentary coffee and chocolates with your meal.

Valentine’s Day occurs annually on February 14 and today is known and celebrated around the world.
This tradition was spread by the Benedictines, the chief guardians of the Basilica dedicated to Saint in Terni, through their monasteries, first in Italy and then France and England.

St. Valentine, known to Catholics as the patron saint for lovers, was beheaded on 14 February 273, at 97 years old. He is therefore commemorated each 14th day of February, a day upon which traditionally celebrated the ancient feast of the Holy Febronia. 

And so La Barca celebrates the Feast of San Valentino this 14 Febraio 2012 with the following menu.

Mille cuori di polenta con mousse de spigola e salsa Americana piccante
Polenta Hearts with Sea Bream Mousse and Spicy Tomato Sauce

Raviolini Ripieni di Patatine in Brodetto di Crosatacei Afrodisiaci
Little Ravioli Filled with New Potatoes and Served in a Shell Fish Broth

Cuore di Tonno di San valentino con Verdurine Tricolore e Sals di Pepe
Heart of Tuna with Seasonal Vegetables and Pepper Sauce

Lo Zuccotto degli innamorati con salsa di frutte delle passione
Lover’s Trifle with Passion Fruit Sauce

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Notes to Editors:

According to the annals of history (Wikipedia), St. Valentine, also known as Saint Valentine of Terni and Valentine of Interamna (Interamna Nahars), lived approximately between 176 and 14 February 273, mainly in Rome. He  was a bishop and a Christian martyr that was venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church and is considered the patron saint of lovers by Catholics.

Born into a patrician family, was St. Valentine converted to Christianity and consecrated the bishop of Terni in 197, at just 21 years old.  In the year 270, St. Valentine was in Rome, having arrived there to preach the Gospel and convert the heathen. 

That year, Emperor Claudius II the Goth tried to suspend the celebration of religion and get the Christians to renounce their faith. St. Valentine refused to do so, and even tried to convert the emperor to Christianity. He was arrested and sentenced to be executed. Claudius II later pardoned him from execution and entrusted him to a noble family.

St. Valentine was again arrested under the emporer Aurelian, who succeeded Claudius II. Under his reign, the empire continued its persecution of Christians and as St. Valentine’s popularity was growing, Roman soldiers captured him and brought him out of town along the Via Flaminia to scourge him, fearing that if they were in Rome, the population could rise to his defense.

Beheaded on 14 February 273, at 97 years old, St. Valentine is therefore commemorated each 14th day of February, a day upon which traditionally celebrated the ancient feast of the Holy Febronia. 

About La Barca

La Barca is situated on an unusually shaped site, one that is in the shape of a boat, on what was formerly a school campus. The campus is now an arts centre, and a Swede has transformed what was the schools’ former canteen cum hawker centre into a stunning restaurant, reminiscent of Singapore’s colonial era. So called La Barca to echo the site’s shape, the restaurant is helmed by Chef Michele Sorrentino, one of Italy’s top 10 chefs, and whose restaurant in Siena, Tuscany, retained a Michelin star for 10 years from 1999.

Chef Michele Sorrentino earned his Michelin star in Italy by drawing inspiration from the rustic simplicity of Tuscan culinary tradition and re-inventing it for the modern palate with technical finesse and stunning visual presentation.

La Barca is owned and operated by Chef Michele Sorrentino and General Manger Christopher Tung. Michele Sorrentino, was the chef and owner of Antica Trattoria Botteganova in Siena, Italy until he sold it in 2009. Chef Michele received his Michelin star in 1999 and maintained it throughout the lifetime of his restaurant. Christopher Tung worked for seven years in New York in corporate law and investment banking before deciding to give it all up and move to Siena, Tuscany, to indulge his passion for food and wine.

eat2eat launches free app for Android users

Singapore – 19 December 2011 – eat2eat, the leading web-based reservation platform for restaurants, is now available on Android devices for customers’ ultimate convenience. Android users can now download the eat2eat app for free from Android Market, onto their Android phone or tablet device.

Despite only being launched in 2008, the Android mobile platform sees roughly 500,000 Android devices being activated per day globally, adding up to a user base which already exceeds that of Apple’s iOS. As one of the leading technology providers to Asia Pacific’s F&B technology sector, eat2eat chose to introduce their first App on the Android platform to advantage their customers. The App enables free restaurant table reservations, and has clear and easy to use instructions for diners who wish to make hassle-free reservations at any time of the day.

eat2eat’s application allows diners to log-in to a network full of restaurant listings, choose the preferred dining venue, and make a simple “one touch” reservation that is instantly confirmed. The android app permits users to make a booking at the restaurant of their choice at any time, day or night, and provides a straightforward confirmation number.

Amongst restaurateurs who have swapped the old black book for real-time online bookings, there has been marked increases in customer retention and front of house operations flow, leading to a rise in restaurant profitability.

“eat2eat’s goal is to increase convenience for both restaurants and diners,” says eat2eat’s CEO Vikram Aggarval. “With most people in Asian cities using smart phones, apps are the best way to connect the two and we will continue to develop new tools to enhance the dining experience.”

eat2eat’s system has become rapidly popular across Asia-Pacific, and is now used by many hotels, restaurants and restaurant groups, including Starwood Hotels, Michaelangelo’s Group and Brewerkz. eat2eat will be releasing an iPhone app early 2012.

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For more information, please contact Verve MPR:

Illka Gobius
+65 9769 8370

Notes to Editors

1. More information regarding the android app is available in the PDF file attached.

About eat2eat 
eat2eat provides technology that enables restaurateurs to introduce technology into the workplace, reduce administrative functions for their front of house staff and improve profitability through a better understanding of their diners. The technology is proven, secure and robust. It is used extensively across Asia Pacific and the software is the preferred supplier to leading international hotel groups. 

eat2eat’s unique proposition to the restaurant is its focus on supporting the restaurant’s own booking channel and control over their diner database. The software is provided free of charge and fees are on a ‘pay as you go’ system. Uniquely, restaurants do not require any hardware or software installation to access the eat2eat booking system

La Barca Celebrates New Year’s Eve With One Of Italy’s Top Ten Chefs

16 Dec 2011 – One of Italy’s top ten Chef’s, Michele Sorrentino , has prepared a stunning New Year’s tasting menu to be experienced right here in Singapore at La Barca Ristorante and Wine Bar. The ten course menu features mouth watering dishes typical of Siena and the Tuscany region in Italy. Those inclined to do so may also enjoy wine pairing with the meal, which will be spread over the course of the evening, leading up to a champagne celebration at on the turn of the New Year.

The menu commences with an Aperitif with Sparkling Italian Wine, made of Lentils and Italian New Year’s Eve Sausage. The next course has mouth watering Grilled Scallops on a bed of Braised Endives with Balsamic Vinegar.

That course is followed by Veal Roast Beef on Mesclun Salad, served with Parmesan Cream, and later a serving of Chickpea Cream with Steamed Prawns and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. To stimulate your senses, a scintillating Ravioli dish with Egg Yolk, Ricotta and Spinach, will be served with Butter and White Truffle.

To cleanse the palate, a Saffron Risotto and Pigeon Paté will be served before the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Porcini Mushroom and Wild Fennel Seeds.

The dessert features a delicious gelato of Nougat Ice Cream accompanied by a light and luscious Sponge Cake with Chocolate Cream. Coffee rounds off the end of the meal, along with with light and delicate Pastries.

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Aperitivo con spumante italiano, lentiche e cotechino
Aperitif with Sparkling Italian Wine, Lentils and Italian New Year’s Eve Sausage

Le cappesante arrostite su indivia brasata e aceto balsamico
Grilled Scallops on Braised Endives with Balsamic Vinegar

il roast beef di vitellina su insalatine novelle e crema di parmigiano
Veal Roast Beef on Mesclun Salad, served with Parmesan Cream

La passata di ceci con scampi a vapore e olio extra vergine
Chickpea Cream with Steamed Prawns and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Uovo in raviolo con ricotta, spinaci e burro al tartufo bianco
Ravioli with Egg Yolk, Ricotta and Spinach, served with Butter and White Truffle

Il risotto allo zafferano e paté di piccione
Saffron Risotto and Pigeon Paté

il filetto di manzo alla griglia con cappella di fungo porcino al finocchio selvatico
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Porcini Mushroom and Wild Fennel Seeds

Il Gelato al Torrone
Nougat Ice Cream

lo zuccotto alla senese
Sponge Cake with Chocolate Cream

La piccola pasticceria e caffe
Pastries and Coffee

(wine pairing additional $100++)

La Barca is a restaurant and wine bar at The Goodman Arts Centre off Fort Road in Singapore, which features a seasonal menu that showcases food typically found in Tuscany. It is owned and operated by Chef Michele Sorrentino and General Manager Christopher Tung. As the chef and owner of Antica Trattoria Botteganova in Siena, Italy, Chef Sorrentino received his Michelin star in 1999 and maintained it throughout the lifetime of his restaurant. The menu at La Barca embraces Chef Sorrentino’s skills and brings the delicacies and flavours of Tuscany to Singapore. 

La Barca benefits from the enterprise and skill of Christopher Tung, who spent several years on Wall Street in New York before deciding move to Siena, Tuscany, to indulge his passion for food and wine. He became Chef Sorrentino’s apprentice and acquired a derelict medieval parsonage in the Tuscan countryside, which he turned into the successful B&B and cooking school, called Ankhura. He has lived in Singapore since July 2008, along with his wife and three children. Chris teaches Italian cooking locally and organizes gourmet tours to Tuscany.

La Barca

Goodman Arts Centre 
90 Goodman Road Block C, East Coast
Singapore 439053
(near Katong Swimming Complex)

Telephone: 6346 5813
Fax: 6346 5813

Tues – Fri: Open from 9am
Sat & Sun: Open from 12 noon
Kitchen closes at 10pm

Closed on Monday