La Rambla

Restaurants, Spanish Central
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Catalan-inspired cuisine from the team behind Catalunya

Given its success and the hectic pace of the F&B industry in Hong Kong, it’s a little surprising that it’s taken four years for popular Spanish restaurant Catalunya to expand its concept. A spin-off rather than a second branch, La Rambla is a wilder sibling, offering more avant-garde Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine. Barcelona-born chef Ferran Tadeo – also executive chef at Catalunya – counts the likes of Albert Adrià (el Bulli) and Sergi Arola (Arola) as his mentors, so expectations are high.

 

By: Time Out Hong Kong

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Venue name: La Rambla
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Address: Unit 3071-73, 3/F, IFC mall
8 Finance Street, Central
Hong Kong

Opening hours: 11.30am-10.30pm daily
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As a spin-off of the popular Wan Chai ‘Catalunya’ restaurant, the newly opened ‘La Rambla by Catalunya’ offers a contemporary take on traditional Catalan dishes. Hidden on the top floor of the ifc mall, this new venture may be a little tricky to find, but is worthy of your perseverance.


Following a friendly greeting front of house, you leave the chaos of the mall behind and walk into a surprisingly large and open space. As is more and more popular these days, the entire kitchen is in plain sight, instilling a feeling of transparency and trust in the quality and cleanliness of the operation. The interior is smart yet relaxed and with the floor to ceiling windows facing the harbour, is flooded with natural light. Then walk out onto the decked patio and the styling is reminiscent of a beachfront lounge bar with great views of the harbour, which will be all the more impressive once the building works out front are finished.


The a la carte menu runs from 11:30 to 3PM and then again from 6 to 10:30PM for lunch and dinner respectively. Unbeknownst to us, we arrived smack bang in the middle but were happy to hear that a smaller tapas snack menu ran throughout as well as of course the full drinks list. I always find with tapas that you get caught out on price; because the concept is many smaller plates, they tend to be priced quite highly and this is no exception at La Rambla. From the twelve snack dishes on offer, it was recommended that we go for at least four between the two of us and so chose the suckling pig and foie sliders, the truffle, jamon and cheese toasty bikinis, the lobster croquetas and of course, the patatas bravas. The food alone came to a staggering HK$560 which, for a ‘snack’ menu, I do struggle to justify. That being said, the quality and flavours of the food were incredible and on-point.


I did still have a look at the a la carte menu and can say that it features an extended tapas selection as well as larger plates of grilled meat, seafood, paella and iberico sharing platters all ranging from HK$70 to 1250 per plate. In terms of drinks, larger beers start at HK$60 whilst spirit mixers and cocktails were all in the HK$100s.


In summary, everything contributes to a perfect balance of modern sleek and homely comfort and this is a place that would work well for just drinks out on the patio or indeed a full meal. But with the hefty price tags that come along with it, you may find yourself out of pocket for the rest of the week!