Isono Eatery & Bar
For some hearty Mediterranean food that’s made for sharing, Isono’s new tapas menu is certainly worth a try. You’ll be given a range of traditional food, such as onion and potato tortilla, stewed pork ear with toast, patatas bravas, beef meatball in tomato sauce and some wonderful cod croquetas. Not only will you be treated to a generous amount of good food, but the ambiance and service are both delightful.
Fofo by El Willy
In the heart of Central Hong Kong, Fofo offers both very traditional and contemporary Spanish tapas and rice dishes. The restaurant is headed by Chef Alex Martines Fargas, hailing from Barcelona, who brought with him enough ideas, dishes, and the infamous Ibérico ham to satisfy the fussiest of eaters. Though the quality of food is top-notch, the prices will set you back a fair bit: opt for the jamón (hand sliced Ibérico ham with Barcelona style tomato crystal bread). If you feel like splurging then this is the place to do it.
If you’re looking for something a little more on the humble side of things, then Zafran is a perfect option. Here you’ll find hearty, traditional, non-pretentious dishes that bring no surprise in terms of creativity. This cozy setting is a real crowd-pleaser, as it not only serves as a delightful tapas bar and Spanish restaurant, but a DJ lounge too. You could easily spend a whole evening in here guzzling sangria, nibbling at homemade spicy chorizo, plowing through a traditional bomba rice and seafood paella and dancing the night away.
Zafran, Basement, 43 – 45 Wyndham Street, Central, HK, +852 2116 8855
Ole Spanish Restaurant
This establishment was opened in 1998 by a native Spaniard, Mr. Carmelo Lopez, who came to Asia in the 70s. Despite being surrounded by exciting Chinese cuisine, he still felt a pang of nostalgia for his beloved Spanish food, and who can blame him? If you’re craving authenticity, Ole is an ideal choice. From the decor, with its glazed terracotta tiles and lemon colored walls, to the good food and sangria, you’ll feel the genuine Spanish atmosphere throughout all elements of the restaurant. The menu offers a wide selection of salads, soups and paella (made with seafood and Spanish chicken) baked in a stone oven.
Mesa 15 was one of the first Spanish restaurants to be recommended by the Michelin Star guide. The delicately presented portions are just right. With tasty food and a good environment, it’s an enjoyable place to grab a bite to eat.
Mesa 15, 6/F Grand Progress Building, 15 – 16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, HK, +852 2530 1890
Looking for something a little more glamorous? Mercedes Me is ideal for some high-end dining. It is a lifestyle brand extension from the automotive brand, offering a combination of vehicle presentations and culinary experiences. Not bad for those who love their cars as much as their food. For the restaurant, the team sources their ingredients from top-notch producers and offer some flavorful tapas dishes.
Mercedes Me, Shop C-D, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road, Central, HK, +852 2895 7398
Espuma is a coffee shop and Spanish restaurant, serving a wide range of things to suit any time of day. If you’re looking for something to give you that caffeine kick, they serve a range of aromatic coffees and innovative juice/tea infusions: coffee macchiato, mixed berries and peach ‘espuccino’, kawaii kiwi juice with jasmine tea, and their signature fruit ‘espuccino.’ In terms of their food, you’ll find a fusion of east meets west in their mains, as well as the more traditional Spanish tapas. Try their jamón and spinach tortilla, and mashed potatoes stuffed with ibérico ham.
Iberico & Co.
Iberico & Co. is a Spanish and Portuguese restaurant serving popular set brunches and lunches and includes a takeaway option. It has a narrow setting of around 50 seats and the atmosphere is joyfully relaxing. You can also order a la carte from their extensive range of pizzas and small plates, like hummus dip with warm pitta, buffalo mozzarella and basil bruschetta, peppered salmon croquetas with cumin mayonnaise, and pesto chicken and parmesan risotto balls.
Iberico & Co., 18 Shelley Street, Central, HK, +852 2752 8811
WTF Spanish Restaurant and Bar
Wine, Tapas, Fun (WTF)! What more could you want in a restaurant? It may be a small and dimly lit setting, but the ambience is intimately romantic, and with an extensive wine menu it could make for an excellent date night location. You’ll find traditional red and white sangrias, which hit the spot perfectly, as well as a virgin sangria. In terms of food, the choices are traditional albeit a little pricey.
WTF Spanish Restaurant and Bar, G/F 9 Lower Elgin Street, Central, HK, +852 2559 0218
The Counter by Deibérica
This is one to check out if you’re in a rush, yet really craving some Spanish grub. Deibérica is a new Hong Kong based Spanish company, from Barcelona, that sells some of the best Spanish ham from their farm located in Salamanca, Guijuelo. You’ll find perfect lunch time fixes such as ibérico bone broth and jamón ibérico sandwiches.
The Counter by Deibérica, 45 Gage Street, Central, HK, +852 2328 7535