Who doesn’t love tapas? You get to try lots of different dishes and the bite-sized pieces are also perfect for little hands!
It might sound fancy but tapas is just the Spanish word for a small, appetiser-sized dish that’s often served in a bar-type setting. We love it because we get the chance to have a bit of everything while sipping on a cocktail, and the smaller servings also work well for kids’ tiny tummies. So next time you get a craving, here’s our round up of the best tapas bars in Hong Kong.
22 Ships is brought to you by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. The restaurant has an intimate and casual atmosphere and is aptly named after the street in which it resides. It offers an eclectic menu of traditional and modern tapas with an array of Spanish wines, spirits, beers and sherry. It’s best to get to this joint early as it fills up fast!
If you want a tapas restaurant that also has a great drinks selection then look no further than Iberico & Co. It boasts its wine list is 90% Spanish and in 2015 they were awarded the “Best Small Wine List” award from the China Sommeliers Association. The Spanish-Portuguese inspired menu has lots of smaller dishes, as well as paellas and larger plates if you’re feeling extra hungry.
Located on the ground floor and lobby of the Kowloon Shangri-la hotel, Tapas Bar has a great view of Victoria harbour. Its ample outdoor seating area is not only stroller friendly, it’s also a perfect sangria spot for those warmer days. With a large international wine menu and ample options for those with special diets or allergies, make sure you save some room for dessert.
Located in Lai Chi Kok, Rustico specialises in tapas, wine and Catalan favourites with modern-day twists. With two pages to choose from (including favourites like patatas bravas and croquettes), you’re sure to find something for the whole family to enjoy.
Rustico Spanish Restaurant, Shop G01, D2 Place, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, 2743 4511, [email protected], www.rustico.com.hk
You’ll find tapas, sangria and paella at El Cerdo, and with two locations you can choose which one of these scrumptious Spanish restaurants is most convenient for you. The colourful atmosphere is matched by its menu (which is broken down into land, sea and garden) and friendly staff.
El Cerdo, 114 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2832 9222; 77 Tai Pa St, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, 2882 3811, www.elcerdohk.com
OM Tapas is a yogi-inspired tapas restaurant that was brought to life under the consultation of a variety of Michelin-star kitchens in Spain. It focuses on recipes from Andalusia in Southern Spain (which is where tapas originated from), all inside a modern and contemporary-style dining area. OM Tapas is perfect for a girls’ night out or for a quiet lunch with your kids.
WTF Spanish Restaurant and Bar is located in SoHo and offers unforgettable traditional tapas with a solid wine list. And just for the record, in this case WTF stands for Wine, Tapas and Fun! Its SoHo location makes it a perfect place to meet up with the girls for some lunch or after work tapas and drinks.
WTF Spanish Restaurant and Bar, 9 Lower Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2559 0218, [email protected]
The executive chef of Ole Spanish Restaurant was recruited all the way from Madrid so you know you’re going to get authentic cuisine here. It’s a great option for brunch on Saturdays and public holidays, with a menu that has kid-friendly options.
It’s hard to miss the stark blue and white décor of Ham & Sherry, which has a welcoming and casual vibe. It offers tons of great tapas, a frequently changing specials board, and even a weekend brunch. What’s more, if you’re into sherry it has 50 different varieties to choose from.
Ham & Sherry, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2555 0628, hamandsherry.hk
La Paloma is a fun place to bring the family. The colourful and open large venue can accommodate a good number of people, as well as a few strollers. With almost a whole page dedicated to tapas there is something here for the whole family. Plus there are plenty of vegetarian options to choose from too.
Featured image courtesy of La Paloma via Instagram, image #1 courtesy of 22 Ships, image #2 courtesy of Iberico & Co, image #3 courtesy of Kowloon Shangri-La via Facebook, image #4 courtesy of Rustico, image #5 courtesy of El Cerdo via Instagram, image #6 courtesy of OM Tapas via Instagram, image #7 courtesy of WTF Spanish Restaurant & Bar, image #8 courtesy of Ole Spanish Restaurant via Facebook, image #9 courtesy of Ham & Sherry, image #10 courtesy of La Paloma