With its iconic skyline, natural landscape and thriving culture, Hong Kong is one of the most interesting and diverse places in the world. As one of the world's culinary capitals, the city's love for food is strong, and no matter which cuisine you've a hankering for, this vibrant city has got the goods. While locals have a passion for local cuisine, there's no shortage of dishes showcasing the best from around the world, and one of the most popular foreign cuisines foodies are buzzing about is Spanish... and restaurants in Hong Kong certainly know what they're doing when it comes to all things tapas, pintxos, paella and much, much more. So read on, we've got a few tips about what to eat in your chosen Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong.
There's been a fair amount of controversy regarding the origins of tapas. Some say it came from King Alfonso X who had become ill and could only consume small portions of food at a time, others argue it began as a result from workers getting too drunk at lunch so food served with alcohol became mandatory, and others even suggest the plate was to cover the drink from flies. Whatever the true origin, tapas have taken the world by storm, and Hong Kong's Spanish restaurant serve up some of the best. Being quite similar to dim sum, the heart and soul of Cantonese cuisine, tapas suits Hong Kong's fast paced vibe to a tee. Ordering several small plates to share allows you to sample a variety of dishes, perfect for sharing, and perfect if you're short on time. One of Hong Kong's best Spanish restaurants, OM Tapas are experts when it comes to serving delectable small plates. Sample dishes like crispy pig ears, foie gras Spanish tortilla, chilli-infused garlic prawns, Spanish cod with squid ink couscous and Ibérico pork shoulder with grilled aubergine, just to name but a few.
Arguably Spanish cuisine's most well-known dish, paella is a staple at any Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong and for good reason at that. Originating in Valencia, paella consists of charred rice, vegetables, and meat or seafood seasoned with saffron and rosemary cooked to perfection on an open fire which creates an aromatic smoke that infuses the paella. One of Hong Kong's best Spanish restaurants for paella is without a doubt, La Paloma. With a live paella station, you can watch the chefs in action as they whip up delicious creations, like their famous paella de Bogavante of lobster and saffron paella which simply must be tried. Or, if you find yourself in Central, Fofo by el Willy boasts an exceptional mixed seafood dish with Boston lobster, while over in Tai Hang, Paella Paella's Valencian paella for two is packed with chicken, beans and Ibérico pork – so good you'll be floating out the door.
There's no way we could talk about Hong Kong's Spanish restaurants without mentioning our favourite Spanish drink. Pop into Hong Kong favourite, Ole Spanish restaurant & wine bar where you can select from the classic sangria, made with rioja tempranillo red wine, fresh orange, lemon and cinnamon; the white ‘verdejo' made with verdejo white wine, green apple, mint and lime or the tasty strawberry sangria made with white wine, gin, strawberry puree, fresh strawberries, orange and lime. The perfect accompaniment to any Spanish dish, sangria is a quintessential part of dining at any of Hong Kong's Spanish restaurants.
If we're being honest, we've barely scratched the surface of the Spanish restaurant scene in Hong Kong. Although the only way to gage the full experience is to pay one of the many fabulous spots in this wonderful city a visit. With so many to choose from, and with Hong Kong being the bustling city it is, we understand it can be overwhelming. So, to make choosing your preferred Hong Kong Spanish restaurant that much easier, just jump on Quandoo, filter your preferences and we'll give you a list of the spots that match your taste, budget and location. So all you have to do is get your appetite ready for an unforgettable Spanish fiesta!