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5.0 /6 Excellent 134 Reviews

La Paloma

Sai Ying Pun Spanish $$$ +100
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About La Paloma

If Sai Ying Pun is Hong Kong’s new sexy district, blossoming into a foodie paradise thanks to the new MTR station and a general dawning awareness of the Western District’s hidden riches, then La Paloma (Spanish for pigeon) is certainly the area’s most sexy Spanish tapas restaurant. Covering a generous 3,500 square feet and more than capable of handling close to a hundred diners in pursuit of the city’s finest small-plates, La Paloma is a very welcome second messenger pigeon bearing deliciously good news from the El Willy Group, whose restaurants have been warmly received in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Book a spot at La Paloma’s Queen’s Road West premises (on the corner of Li Sing Street) and witness El Willy’s Andalusian magic at work.

假如西營盤是香港的新寵美食區,La Paloma(即鴿子)想必是該區最得寵的西班牙小食餐廳。坐擁3500呎的空間,位於皇后大道西的餐廳把El Willy集團的魔力發揮得淋灕盡緻。

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
La Paloma, Queens Road West 189, Sai Ying Pun Hong Kong

Further Information

It’s best to say right here and right now that there’s more than simply Spanish tapas going on at La Paloma. Truth be told, we’re often in fear of the tapas craze burning itself out and dropping forgotten to Hong Kong’s overstuffed streets in the manner of a pigeon unlucky enough to perch on a poorly-grounded high-voltage wire. We don’t want to see tapas go, but we also know there’s a lot more to the Iberian peninsula than eminently shareable small plates. Thankfully, the El Will Group of restaurants have their finger on the pigeon’s pulse and should very well be able to lure guests to their new Sin Ying Pun venture on the strength of their live paella kitchen alone. There’s also a traditional Spanish asador, the clay oven that’s responsible for roasting La Paloma’s succulent meat, fish, and vegetable dishes to perfection. For some, this spectacular offering will dwarf Spanish small plates forever; for us it’s simply one more reason to book a table at this special restaurant along Sai Ying Pun’s Queen’s Road West.

La Paloma’s burgeoning success owes a lot to the excellent personnel that the El Willy Group have recruited to tend to their second foray into Hong Kong food after the runaway success of FoFo by el Willy. The mastermind behind it all is renowned Spanish expatriate and chef Willy Trullas Moreno (owner of Shanghai’s el Willy) and executive chef Alex Fargas (FoFo’s exec chef and head of the Spanish Chefs Association in Asia). Hospitality industry leaders the both of them, they’ve put chef Vito Chiavacci in charge of the kitchen, and ex-Catalonian Ricky Sabata out front to look after La Paloma’s guests. Signature dishes on offer at this new Sai Ying Pun Spanish restaurant one floor up on the corner of Queen’s Road West and the diminutive Li Sing Street include bacon con queso, which the menu inexplicably translates as bacon and cheese explosive air baguettes. Safety first might lead you to opt instead for the traditional kingfish Tiradito, with avocado and green sauce, or the even more traditional wartime dish of coca de cebolla y butifara, consisting of confit onions, Mahon cheese and sausage served with asador-baked, homemade flatbread. Okay, a wartime dish is not exactly playing it safe so, fine, be culinarily stubborn and plate up some of the best tapas in town, or plump for an equally prime paella.

La Paloma為香港帶來的豈只西班牙小食?單是西班牙海鮮焗飯已足夠把食家引到西營盤,加上獨有的泥製焗爐,把菜、魚、肉都烤得鮮嫩多汁,令人恨不得馬上跑到皇后大道西。

西營盤的La Paloma是El Willy集團第二間打進香港的食肆,由大廚Vito Chiavacci打造一碟碟招牌菜式,芝士煙肉空心法包和生魚刺身配牛油果青椒醬等。


134 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 134 Reviews
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
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Chris O.
1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 13:36

Nice food and great service. The suckling pig is very delicious. Besides, their draught beer and house wine are very nice. Overall, their brunch is highly recommended.

Ryan S.
2 reviews so far 6
25.02.2017 05:13

Always good service and great food. Highly recommend this place to any type of guest. The team can put together a menu for any type of person to have a great evening.

Angelo S.
2 reviews so far 6
04.02.2017 02:22

One of the best paella I've ever had, also for Spanish standards. We tried tapas also: surprising. Good selelection of wines for an affordable price. Ricky and his staff are professionals that will make your dinner a wonderful and funny experience.

Kevon C.
1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 23:58

good vibe, good food. quite value. love the set up and that it is not overly crowded. there is a cheap carpark nearby as well

Anthony A.
1 review so far 2
22.09.2016 02:57

From the moment I received a phone call from La Paloma to confirm my reservation I knew my experience wasn't going to be a good one. In hindsight, I should have just cancelled the reservation then but I had promised my girlfriend Spanish food for dinner. The greeting upon arriving at the restaurant was cold. Felt like we were an inconvenience. Menus were thrown in front of us and the waitress immediately left. After going through the drinks list we had to call the waitress over to order. Looked like such an effort for her to come over and take our drinks order. Ordered a glass of red and the Fino Fino Philipino cocktail. The wine was barely drinkable and despite the promise of passionfruit, lime, mint, rum and cava I was served a small glass full of ice and a cheap tasting rum. Not a single hint of passionfruit, lime or mint. Can't complain about the food except that it is a bit pricey considering the portion sizes and ingredients used. Needless to say we won't be back or recommending La Paloma which is a pity since the decor is great and the food has promise. Worst part is that they don't charge service which to me should mean that waiters are very enthusiastic to look after you in exchange for a good tip.

Martin F.
1 review so far 6
03.08.2015 11:21

Saturday evening dinner experience - full restaurant with all tables busy all the time (was there from 7pm to 10pm). Yet service fluent and fast, something which is hard to get even in very upscale and expensive places. Restaurant manager Ricky constantly checking among tables if everything is all right and waiter/waitress were next to my table frequently, discreetly and politely. Food - actually when leaving, the chef personally told me "I have noticed you eat a lot!", to which only one answer existed - because the food is superb! All kinds of tapas - tasty, attractive presentation, fresh. Try stuffed baby squids, mamma's meatballs, patatas bravas, fried escalops with bechamel, ... and of couse paella in few different variations) - all tasty and fresh. Nice and decent-priced spanish wine list - can choose from quite local spanish producers as well as from bigger names (e.g. Alvara Palacios) Overall - will repeat for sure and will share with friends. Reservation recommended on busy Friday/weekend nights.

Angela R.
1 review so far 5
18.02.2017 13:25

La Paloma's interior is spacious, and cozy. Its staff are attentive, although they do have difficulties addressing requests during peak hours. We had the weekend brunch, and it was definitely a steal at HK$250 per person. The cochinillo was really tender, and tasty, and the skin was stayed crunchy beyond the expected time. Paella was also good, though I would have been happier if there were slices of hard boiled eggs. The tapas were very tasty, but I found the bravas to be the best.

Vivian L.
1 review so far 2
22.11.2016 02:24

3 things make up a diner's restaurant experience - the food, the environment and the people (the staff). It majorly failed on the staff portion: the receptionist was noexistent then was less than enthusiastic to show us to our seating and the servers did not know what their own menu was (there was an award winning dish which 2 of the staff seem to not know existed. Least impressive of all was when they tried to offer us a smaller portion of the paella as it would have been free based on the super monday buy-1-get-1-free deal which is utterly unbelievable. The food itself was ok, we tried 3 tapas and 2 mains and the dish of the night was probably the paella. The award winning pork dish was impressively juicy, but extremely fatty with nothing acidic to cut thru the richness. The paella was delicious but abit too salty. We've always loved Fofo by el Willy, but we're not impressed by what we saw at La Paloma, we might as well just go back to Fofo / go elsewhere.

Doede R.
1 review so far 5
13.08.2016 05:05

La Paloma has not yet been inflicted by typical Hong Kong restaurant inconsistencies. The food and service are always on the mark. Food is delicious, but 4 stars instead of 5 as some portion sizes are a bit varied for sharing - such as tortillas are more than adequate but the the fresh sardinillas are too small to be shared.

Jessica R.
2 reviews so far 5
14.09.2015 00:43

Food and atmosphere were fantastic! I would definitely go back :) I would have given the restaurant a 5, but the waitstaff just needed to be a bit more attentive, on multiple occasions we had to try and get their attention while 3 or more were standing around having a chat. When I did get their attention to ask for a glass of wine, they took my order and walked off without asking the rest of the table what they would like. Having said that, food and drinks were brought out quickly once we had ordered, and there was one waiter who once we got his attention was brilliant and very helpful.

Cheryl M.
1 review so far 5
21.01.2017 00:57

We enjoyed every dish we had. The lobster paella was especially good and huge. Only thing, service could be better. Spilling water by the server all over the table and leaving puddles of water is not OK. When we asked to have the water wiped up, server was reluctant to do it or just didn't get it. Had to ask twice and took so long to take care of a simple matter. Also when we asked for wine glasses, our server mad a facially express of annoyance. But I'll still give it a second chance and go back.

Sarah B.
3 reviews so far 6
22.08.2016 01:01

My first time at La Paloma. A lovely restautrant and very friendly staff. The food was simply amazing I was there during the guest chef El Palanca and had the special menu, it was fantastic. I will go back again.

camelia y.
1 review so far 6
19.11.2015 07:36

I am ovo lactose & gluten intolerant. The staff at La Paloma went out of their way to accommodate me, even customizing some of the dishes in their brunch menu so that I could eat it. I was very impressed!

Brett N.
1 review so far 6
22.09.2016 03:02

Great! Proper paella hard to find in this town! The roast pork is crispy & very juicy, Hong Kongers will love it. When we came to pay the bill we ran in to some issue with Supermonday deal -- some of the menu items apply and some do not -- but the hostess took responsibility and gave us the discount anyway. That is using good judgement to override a rulebook...also rare in this town! We will be back.

Virginia C.
1 review so far 6
27.03.2016 15:35

Amazing atmosphere and wonderful food. Actually I am from Spain and I can tell this is an authentic Spanish restaurant, the food was exquisite, fresh ingredients and really high quality. We were delight with all the variety of tapas they offer, cold and hot, and of course also with the main courses like paella. We had a "arroz negro" black rice , which was absolutely amazing! I will highly recommend you this fantastic place.

Alba C.
1 review so far 6
17.03.2016 01:20

La Paloma is allways great experience. Restaurant is super coisy, warm and welcoming. Food is excellent and staff super nice. Highly recommended. I will for sure go back. In fact, this is six or seventh time there.

Marthe V.
14 reviews so far 6
15.04.2016 07:25

La Paloma is a really nice restaurant. Super good food and nice dishes with a very convenient and relaxed atmosphere and excellent service (good recommendations for the food and the wine!). I will definitely be back!

Denvy L.
3 reviews so far 5
30.08.2015 02:50

It was a much more crowded night than on Tuesday when I went earlier in the week. If you like your venue noisy with a great buzz, go to La Paloma on the weekends. Otherwise it is best to stick to the weekdays.

Rodney S.
2 reviews so far 5
12.08.2015 01:37

We went on A Saturday just after midday and it was pretty quiet. We had the Brunch menu with the Wagyu steak as our main and they were happy to make a few changes to some of the tapas as my wife is pregnant and I can not eat fish. Plenty of food and no duds in the dishes, steak was super tasty with a rich sauce. With one wine, a coffee and some sparkling water it was about $900

Peggy W.
2 reviews so far 5
19.09.2015 01:19

The food was good, staff were nice and the ambience was vibrant. I would recommend the meatballs with squid as it is a bit different from how other Spanish restaurants prepare meatballs. The daily special of grilled red prawns is very nice and fresh, but it is $78 per prawn which is a bit pricy. Loved the rice pudding dessert!! Will have to go back with a bigger group to try the paella.

Kellie S.
1 review so far 5
12.08.2016 00:50

Came here for a meal with the girls. Food was yummy, we ordered a paella which was huge, the seabass, lentils with chorizo (mmmmm) and some croquettes - all very tasty. The interior of the restaurant is very funky, the only thing is that its very noisy when full with other people so were having to shout a lot. That being said we did have an enjoyable evening and I would come back.

Denvy L.
3 reviews so far 6
26.08.2015 02:45

Great service and amazing food (get the squid ink paella - you can't go wrong), at very reasonable prices. Well done La Paloma - I'll definitely be back!

Belle K.
1 review so far 5
20.02.2017 00:10

I have been to La Paloma many times and it's always my top choice for gatherings. The dining area is spacious, service is great, and the food is delicious with right hearty portion

Rachel C.
1 review so far 5
03.04.2016 04:30

La Paloma is nicely decorated, and relatively spacious which is good for friends gathering. Could be a bit noisy for couples though. For food: ensalada, gambas and paella are my favourite.

1 review so far 5
17.03.2016 01:09

Very entertaining atmosphere with a good vibe - worth the experience. Staff is accommodating and one wonder how much they can serve from such a small kitchen. The service was a tad slow, but with a restaurant that full is normal - reserve several days ahead if you plan to go there on a Saturday

Yvonne C.
1 review so far 5
27.10.2015 03:39

La Paloma is always one of the best restaurant in town, love their patata braves and squid ink paella so much, and the price just so reasonable!

Henrietta J.
1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 03:37

We had a great evening at La Paloma - really good food, friendly staff, nice deco. But for the price the portions were a bit too pricy

Randa L.
1 review so far 5
04.02.2016 03:47

the staff is very friendly and helpful. one of the staff proposed to enlarge the portion of a dish (which has 4 pieces) to 5 so that all 5 of us could have a bite. We were there celebrating a friend's birthday and the staff volunteered to help us take pictures.

Melanie B.
2 reviews so far 5
21.02.2016 03:38

Really enjoyed the selection of tapas we chose. Some were better than others. The garlic prawns, potatoes and calamari sandwich were great. The sexy crab sandwich a little dry. Deserts were not the best. The churros were good but not on menu. Would go back again to try the paella.

Terence W.
2 reviews so far 5
05.12.2016 01:20

Love the environment and the great brunch there. Unfortunately, the paella is not hot enough and i believe it could be more tasty. Overall, good food and good environment. P.S. The lift to the restaurant is a bit hard to find..make sure you dont miss the door!

Ryan S.
2 reviews so far 6
16.10.2016 04:45

Wonderful staff and excellent food! My fiance is vegan and they are always happy to accommodate us in providing an excellent meal. The old chef was always happy to help us with food and the new chef, the same!

Johann W.
1 review so far 5
01.10.2016 13:02

The weekend brunch is marvelous, yet the paella is too wet and soft, it needs some enhancement. The free-flow sangria is nice, willing to drink a lot ! Don't forget to make an encore on suckling pigs! It's soo fabulous ! I will come back later

steffie S.
9 reviews so far 6
24.03.2016 02:47

The food are AMAZING!!! Haven't had good food like this for so long! Ink paella is the most recommended dishes! Me and my boyfriend love it so much! Staff are nice, environment is good! Will definitely come again!

Jennifer L.
4 reviews so far 6
16.10.2016 15:06

Great value brunch! Good Spanish food in Hong Kong. I especially liked the tuna carpaccio and the proscuitto. It's got a good vibe and is suitable for larger groups, although I went with just one friend today.

teck K.
1 review so far 3
10.01.2016 08:40

Food - mediocre for the price we paid Service - inconsistency in service. Two were OK, others, could tell they were either a newbie or just plain ignorant. Mind you, basket of bread came after, only after we have finished half of our orders. Little did we know we were supposed to get them in the first place. Environment - more refined version of Nandos. Probability of returning - never in this life.

Tina L.
1 review so far 6
30.10.2016 00:53

Great restaurant and delicious food! Staff were friendly and helpful. My friend was half hour late and they seated me and brought me water and the first course to keep me entertained. Would highly recommend.

Carmen C.
3 reviews so far 4
18.10.2016 02:01

Had Super Monday (buy one get one free) here so we didn't try the tapas. I had the lamb short ribs which were ok but my friend's sea bass platter was really good (and beautifully presented). Special braised rib taco only came as one piece, so it wasn't really worth the money.

Boris L.
1 review so far 5
17.09.2016 04:47

When we asked to change for a better seating, they made arrangement for us to sit in the bar area, and we were the only table there on that Tuesday night. Friendly staff. Only the paella was a bit too salty.

1 review so far 2
15.10.2016 03:57

I have been before at FuFu. And it was amazing. La Paloma the food is very well done also. I felt like at home(i am Spanish). The people is kind and warm. But it is extremelly pricy. Almost 500 HKD for one Sangria. So I will not come back. regards

Karen T.
4 reviews so far 6
08.04.2016 01:25

Great service. Tapas especially delicious. We had the set and it was filling, plus they got churros - hot, fresh, and just up to standards. Good for both small groups and bigger groups.

Maria N.
1 review so far 6
21.07.2016 06:06

I had a great experience dining here yesterday while celebrating my birthday! Thank you very much for making it such a memorable experience! I look forward to coming back in the near future!!!

John C.
1 review so far 5
14.11.2016 23:58

Great vibe. Foods were well prepared and service was quite attentive. A bit too noisy for Monday night as there were a few parties including a wine tasting event going on. Other than that it was a good experience

Jimmy Y.
1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 13:34

Good service - clear explanation on the brunch menu Yummy food - never miss the pig pig pig Nice atmosphere - causal and relaxed Good location - just beside the MTR exit

Minus N.
1 review so far 6
18.02.2016 01:09

The location is easy to reach, just outside of mtr station, and i love the food and environment. The price and portion are more than reasonable, i went on Valentine's day,

Nerina D.
4 reviews so far 6
14.11.2016 01:18

went for Sunday brunch. though the menu looked limited (i was worried it wouldn't be enough) it was just the right amount and great value. Will def come back for brunch!

Frances L.
2 reviews so far 5
09.03.2017 09:02

The restaurant was quite empty when I arrived on a Friday afternoon. Nonetheless the food was great! All items in the bentos (different tapas) were nicely done and flavorful. Overall a great lunch in the region.

Katherine K.
1 review so far 6
01.10.2015 02:04

Everyone at the table agreed that the food was seriously good and reasonably priced. Tables were spaced nicely apart instead of being crammed as is the practice for new restaurants.

Raquel F.
1 review so far 6
07.05.2016 01:04

Very good food and fantastic service. Great atmosphere and awesome outdoor terrace. The pulpo was delicious! The secreto iberico was perfectly cooked. It was just like eating back at home!

K W.
2 reviews so far 5
19.08.2015 12:06

Food was really good. Great for casual dinner with friends. Service was sweet. Many things on menu for us to explore in our next visits. One thing to improve is the time limit per seating.

karen w.
3 reviews so far 5
20.09.2016 06:24

Good service and nice food, the ambiance was good for gathering. Highly recommended to have Huevos rotos, Broken eggs w squid & iberican ham shoulder & Bikini Dejamon & Trufa, toasted sandwich w Iberian ham