Hello, my fellow readers.
Some of you may not know the location of Caliente or what kind of cuisine does Caliente serves. Now let me answer to all your doubts. Caliente is located on the first floor of Block B at Regent Square. It’s exactly in the same building as Excapade Sushi at Regent Square. But Caliente is located at the far end. There is a series of stairs nearby SKINC and Beijing Tong Ren Tang. Take the stairs to the First Floor and turn left, you will be able to spot Caliente easily. Caliente is located just in front of the walkway leading to the next block where DESEO is! Caliente serves Spanish food, not completely authentic yet but close. If you wanted to try something different, you can always consider Caliente.
The interior decoration of Caliente is extremely colorful. Orange is their main theme color. All their waiters and waitresses apart from their barista are dressed in Spanish costumes in black and red color. They have Spanish music playing in the background.
Anyways, let’s start with the food reviews.
1. Margarita Blue (B$3.90)
Don’t expect drinks to come in alcohol as Brunei is only allowed to serve mocktails instead of cocktails. Sister ordered for this. She said it’s made out out of 7UP. And see the flaky bits that is crusting the rim of the Margarita glass? That’s salt. Not sure if they used Margarita Salt or normal kitchen or table salts.
2. Pina Colada (B$3.90)
Am fascinated by the name of the mocktail. Lychee Mojito from Fish & Co was a bit of total disappointment to me. But the Pina Colada served at Caliente wasn’t bad. The taste of coconut cream and pineapple is not as strong as I expected. Just mild. It was good. The only thing that it lacks is alcohol. But what do you expect? This is a mocktail, not cocktail! Hahaha … xD
We ordered four sets of tapas and one main course.
3. Spanish Wings (B$6.90)
There were only 2 pieces of chicken wings in this dish. Spanish wings is like the normal BBQ chicken wings. There’s nothing special to rave about. But I think they overcooked the wings. It was a bit hard and dry on the inside.
4. Gambas Ajillo Espanola
Gambas Ajillo Espanola is a dish of large prawns cooked in olive oil with garlic and spicy chili flakes . This was good. The prawns were extremely fresh and don’t underestimate the spiciness of this dish. If you are not someone who can handle spiciness, please be well prepared.
5. Quesadillas Seafood
First dish of tapas that was served onto our table. Quesadillas is a tortilla wrapped in cheese and some other ingredients. It came with their homemade tomatoes puree. It tasted much better with the tomatoes puree. Rather plain if you have it alone without any side sauce.
6. Patatas Bravas (B$3.50)
Tasted like Jacket Potatoes to me. It wasn’t properly done. I think the potatoes were undercooked. And there is nothing special to rave about. Lucky that it only cost B$3.50 per dish. It would have been a ripoff if it was priced higher since it wasn’t really a great dish for the night.
7. Enchilada Chicken (B$18.00)
Our main course of the night. It is tortilla stuffed with shredded chicken meat topped with yogurt. It’s supposed to come with sour cream sauce but Caliente opted for the healthier option. Hence, they used yogurt instead. It came with fragrant rice at the side. Taste wise, it was good but the portion was small for the price paid.
Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Verdict: Customer service was good. Food was served quickly too. And if you wanna order for Paella, please be well prepared that it will take about 30 to 40 minutes of preparation including cooking time. If you are in a hurry, do not go for their Paella. They did state on their menu that Paella consumes a longer time to cook in order to achieve it’s maximum taste. There are still rooms for improvement in terms of their food taste and authenticity. In overall, I still think that Caliente is worth visiting. Keep up the good work!
If you wish to be in contact with Caliente Tapas Bar, below are their restaurant address and contact details:
Caliente Tapas Bar
No: 7, 1st Floor, Block B, Regent Square,
Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam.