Olé Spanish Restaurant and Wine BarThere’s a reason this legendary Spanish eatery has remained a Central landmark for the past 20 years – the food is amazing! Swaying more towards the traditional side of Spanish culture and cuisine, the cosy setting of Olé Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar oozes romance and an old-world charm that is often lost in favour of more contemporary tastes. If you love tapas and are a sucker for romance, then you will love the newly launched weekend brunch ($380 per person) which features twenty all-time favourite Spanish dishes, all served among the rustic arched alcoves of this timeless gem. And that's not all – you may also find yourself falling under the spell of the musical duo who serenade you at your table on flamenco guitars. Diners will be charmed to the core as they tuck into the Sizzling Garlic Prawns, Baby Squids in Ink Sauce, and Traditional Spanish Seafood Paella, all the while listening to those beautiful strings. Magic! Olé Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar, 1/F, Shun Ho Tower, 24 Ice House Street, Central, (+852) 2537 8856 Brunch is available every Saturday and public holiday from 12pm to 3pm $380 (adults) $228 (kids) Free-flow options: juice and soft drinks ($88) / Cava and Sangria ($150) / White wine, red wine, Cava, and Sangria ($180)
La Rambla by CatalunyaThe latest restaurant to join the Spanish dining scene in Hong Kong, La Rambla by Catalunya boasts a gigantic 5,000 square-foot space at ifc mall, which overlooks the iconic Victoria Harbour. This modern, sleek venue offers a Catalan-inspired menu which showcases the freshest ingredients from the region, as well as seasonal seafood flown in twice weekly from Spain, Europe, and Japan. The menu includes a diverse range of tapas, meat and seafood dishes, and must-try paellas, and while this certainly isn't the cheapest dining option when it comes to Spanish cuisine (with regular paellas starting from $420 and tapas hitting around the $150/$200 mark), it certainly leaves a good impression – and flavour. The brunch option is perhaps more appealing, getting you several tapas, made-to-order paellas, and meaty dishes for $550 per person. There are also free-flow packages available, with some cracking gin and tonics of offer, and of course, sangria. You can also choose to sit on the beautiful outdoor terrace and nibble on bar snacks from a separate (and more affordable) menu, while enjoying a live DJ on the weekends. La Rambla by Catalunya, 3071-73 Level 3, ifc mall, Central, (+852) 2661 1161
Ham & SherryTucked away in trendy Ship Street, bar slash restaurant Ham & Sherry offers a more casual take on dining in (Spanish) style. The venue serves a range of rustic Spanish dishes perfect for sharing, as well as Asia’s largest sherry list. Its vibrant, modern Spanish ‘bodega’ ambience, with blue and white tiled walls, gives it a certain 'drop in' feel, made all the more appealing by the open kitchen in the centre which offers counter seats to watch the chefs in action. Signature dishes include the Iberico Pork and Chorizo Burgers with Black Garlic and Pickles, Seafood Paella, Scallop Ceviche, and Jamon with Manchego and Truffle Toastie, and Quail Eggs, which each fall under the $200 mark. Be sure to check out Back Bar while you're there, which can be accessed through a side door located in an alleyway next to Ham and Sherry. Presenting a moody, industrial vibe, completely unlike the connecting restaurant, the bar is known for serving some of the best cocktails in town – the Dumpling Martini and Don’t ‘Lai Cha’ Me (both $120) are just fabulous! Ham & Sherry, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, (+852) 2555 0628
22 ShipsJust across the road from Ham & Sherry lies its sister venue 22 Ships, which has remained a landmark for good restaurants in the Wan Chai neighborhood since opening its doors in 2012. With window seating providing the perfect people-watching spot, and another central counter with open kitchen inviting diners to catch all the action in the kitchen, this is a great place for a casual catch up with friends. Must-orders include the Crispy Duck Egg, Grains, Confit Leg, the Braised Chorizo with Red Wine, Onion, and Peppers, and the Peanut Butter Condensed Milk Banana for dessert. Keep an eye on the specials board which changes frequently, offering up delectable seasonal dishes that never fail to impress. 22 Ships, 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, (+852) 2555 0722
Solera Spanish RestaurantAcross the pond and not too far away, Discovery Bay staple Solera Spanish Restaurant offers a splash of colour and charm to an otherwise soulless dining scene. The menu offers both traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine, with an impressive range of salads, soups, pasta, and paella dishes, as well as six tantalising desserts that aim to satisfy all taste buds. Guests can feast on must-order dishes such as the Porcini Meatballs, Greek Fried Rice with Haloumi Cheese, and Black Ink Seafood Linguini, all served in rustic plates which align with the venue's authentic vibe. This modern, friendly restaurant is a great option for lunch and dinner, should you choose to venture to DB for the day. Aim to sit by the window for stunning views of the ocean, or better still, swing by on a Friday night and catch some live acoustic music. Be warned though, the sangria here is lethal – they soak the watermelon in vodka for several hours before it hits your glass!
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