Worldwide icon-chevron-right Asia icon-chevron-right Hong Kong icon-chevron-right Best tapas in Hong Kong
22 ships
Photograph: Courtesy 22 Ships

Best tapas in Hong Kong

We present the best places for a Spanish tapas feast, with jamon, olives and sangria galore. Olé!

By Time Out Hong Kong
Advertising

Thinking of Spanish cuisine conjures images of massive pans of paella, savoury hams, and of course, tapas. These small, sharing plates both hot and cold, are perfect for when you can’t always decide on what exactly you want for dinner. With new Spanish restaurants popping up all over Hong Kong, here’s a list of our favourites for where to get your tapas fix. By Yu An Su

RECOMMENDED: If you’re looking for food from Spain’s European neighbour, check out where to get the best fresh pasta in Hong Kong!

Best tapas in Hong Kong

asparagus tapas spanish cuisine
asparagus tapas spanish cuisine
Photograph: Courtesy La Rambla

La Rambla

Restaurants Spanish Central

The second concept from the team behind Catalunya, La Rambla has been impressing diners with their slick decor and Catalonian flavours at their Central location. Sweeping views pair great with the tapas from their ingredient-driven menu. We suggest getting the Josper grilled green asparagus ($140), which is topped with satisfying crispy Iberico. The seared tuna bao ($180) is an inventive fusion of Spanish and Chinese cuisine, with a fluffy bun encasing perfectly cooked tuna and Spanish pickle. On top of their great food offerings, their happy hour is pretty unbeatable also.

tapas
tapas
Photograph: Courtesy 22 Ships

22 Ships

Restaurants Spanish Wan Chai

After a couple of months of renovation, popular Wan Chai tapas bar 22 Ships has reopened! The revamped restaurant features a range of traditional yet modern, multi-regional tapas dishes curated by chef Antonio Oviedo. Their U-shaped bar set against the buzzing atmosphere is perfect for devouring their light bites, with our favourites being the marinated heirloom tomatoes ($98) and the rusa and sea urchin on toast ($180). They also have a dynamic drink menu focusing on Spanish wines, sangrias, and cocktails, making this spot perfect for casual meals to remember.

Advertising
Cured Ham
Cured Ham
Photograph: Courtesy Ole

Ole Spanish Restaurant & Wine Bar

Restaurants Spanish Central

A firm favourite for Spanish fare in Hong Kong, having opened in 1998, Ole continues to serve authentic dishes in a romantic, intimate setting. The kitchen strives to bring the finest and most authentic Spanish flavours to our shores. Arguably what they’re most famous for is their 'Joselito Gran Reserva' 48 months air-dried Iberico ham ($210), equally savoury and fatty, with a smooth and melt-in-your-mouth texture. The Basque-style spider crab ($230) is also a must-try, the spreadable, creamy combination of crab meat and roe playing well with their homemade house bread.

tapas
tapas
Photograph: Courtesy OM Tapas

OM Tapas

Restaurants Tsim Sha Tsui

Over in Tsim Sha Tsui lies OM Tapas, whose clever name derived from both their address on Minden Avenue, and its ethos of yoga and spirituality. Here they do all the classics, but with their own unique flair. The squid ink croquettes ($78) has a satisfying crunchy exterior, and a flavorful inside, while the Barcelona bombas ($68) are perfect little balls of meat and potatoes. Found on a quiet lane next to the K11 Mall, OM Tapas is definitely one of the best places for tapas on the Kowloon side.

Advertising
tapas
tapas
Photograph: Courtesy La Paloma/Dishtag Limited

La Paloma

Restaurants Spanish Sai Ying Pun

Named after the oldest nightclub in Barcelona, this vibrant and colourful Sai Ying Pun Spanish joint serves up great sharing plates in an equally fun atmosphere. Having opened for five years at the hip Soho 189, the kitchen serves authentic Spanish tapas, but without the hefty price that sometimes comes with it. Firm favourites are the salmon TNT ($30 per piece) and Wagyu beef air baguettes ($35 per piece). Even if you’re just looking for a casual bite, La Paloma’s infectious, upbeat vibe will draw you in.

tapas
tapas
Photograph: Coutesy El Cerdo

El Cerdo

Restaurants Spanish Tsuen Wan

With the Island being so far away for so many, it might seem that good quality tapas is out of reach. Luckily, El Cerdo, the popular tapas bar on Lockhart Road has a second branch in Tsuen Wan that serves up the same quality bites. The pork belly and scallops ($98) are recommended, and while at first seems an unorthodox pairing, the flavours and textures of both work very well. Their 60-month aged Iberico ham ($218) is also priced a lot lower than other Spanish joints in the city, but definitely doesn’t skimp on the quality. Both branches also offer extremely affordable lunch sets, if you want an upgrade from the everyday takeout.

Advertising
tapas
tapas
Photograph: Courtesy Pica Pica

Pica Pica

Restaurants Spanish Sheung Wan

A casual, Sheung Wan eatery with massive windows facing the Western market and occasional trams passing by, Pica Pica seems like the kind of place you can dip in for a few small bites then be on your way. That isn’t meant to undermine the food though, as Chef Edgar Sanuy’s modern takes on Spanish classics are all equally impressive. Favourites are the tomato bread ($30), lazy omelette with chorizo ($90), and red prawn hot dog ($120). The food is sometimes deceptively simple, but the freshness of the ingredients is what keeps patrons coming back. Whether you’re after a quick walk-in stop before dinner, or splurge on a date night, Pica Pica will not disappoint.

tapas
tapas
Photograph: Courtesy El Born

El Born

Restaurants Spanish Causeway Bay

Located in Causeway Bay’s Fashion Walk, this stripped-back tapas bar rubs shoulders with Hong Kong heavyweights like Pololi and Elephant Grounds. Despite the tough competition, El Born continuously draws in crowds with their generous paella and tempting tapas dishes, all at extremely affordable prices. Their lazy omelette Spanish tortilla ($100) is a twist on a Spanish classic, and the sauteed prawns with garlic and chilli ($118) are succulent and pair well with fresh sourdough. The drinks here are also great, and the outdoor seating makes it the perfect place for a post-work happy hour visit.

Advertising
Spanish tapas
Spanish tapas
Photograph: Courtesy Rustico

Rustico

Restaurants Spanish Cheung Sha Wan

A hidden gem beloved by locals in Lai Chi Kok, Rustico puts a twist on Catalan classics in a charming setting living to its namesake. The friendly and welcoming staff only add to the convivial atmosphere. We personally love the deep-fried Chorizo croquettes ($68) and their Spanish tortilla ($60). While their tapas dishes are amazing, the Catalonia crab rice ($458) is also a must-try. The price tag is a little steeper, but the portion is very generous. Whether for a casual dinner or a special occasion, Rustico brings a fun atmosphere which you’ll definitely appreciate, with or without a couple of sangrias!

Recommended

    You may also like

      Best selling Time Out Offers
        Advertising