Tapas is a trend that landed in Hong Kong and never left. In fact, the Spanish tradition of a light meal with a beer has inspired many restaurants to follow the format of small plates and drinks all over town. Yet when it comes to finding a traditional experience that’s also wallet friendly, there aren’t many options. Enter El Born.
Located in Causeway Bay’s Fashion Walk, El Born has a casual ambience with exposed brick walls and comfortable leather booth seats. The menu consists of an ever changing list of tapas that start at $40, as well as innovative paellas such as squid ink and slow-cooked octopus options.
We start with a serving of iberico meatballs ($55) and an intriguing sounding tapas called broken egg ($55). The former comes immersed in a tomato sauce that’s a little too tart, but the pork is fragrant and soft to the bite. The broken egg is a disappointment, since it turns out to be just a fried egg with bits of chorizo served over a bed of pre-cut chips. The flavours don’t excite our palates, but it should line the stomach well for alcohol. The slow-cooked octopus paella ($240) fares much better – the rice comes al dente and enhanced with bits of iberico pancetta, and the octopus is well charred without being too chewy. As a bonus, the portion is also very hearty and can easily feed two.
El Born serves up a selection of small bites with the promise of variety and good-sized paellas for sharing. Given the price you pay for the location, it’s a decent choice for your next happy hour.
|Venue name:||El Born|
Shop D, 58-64 Paterson St, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sun: 12.00pm-10.30pm|
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