Originally from Spain, tapas consists of little dishes of food served with drinks as appetisers, or, in more recent times as light, friendly meals between friends.
Also known as Bocas in Mexico, these little plates of food were originally given as samples of what was on offer at taverns back in the days when people spent long days travelling. These days, in modern Hong Kong, most Spanish restaurants serve them as a flexible part of their menus.
As to the content of these small plates, it can be anything from lovely Spanish Manchego Cheese, served with Quince Jam, to complex stews of meat or fish. So, for ideas on some of the best tapas in Hong Kong, read on.
1 Sauteed Squid in Olive Oil @ Channel 3 Tapas Bar & Restaurant
The Sauteed Squid in Olive Oil and Parsley, served with garlic and chilli, is great with a glass of white Rioja at Channel 3 Tapas Bar & Restaurant.
2 Gambas Envuelto Con Tocino Fritos @ WTF Spanish Restaurant & Bar
One of the best Spainish restaurants in central Hong Kong is WTF Spanish Restaurant & Bar, which serves the tasty Gambas Envuelto Con Tocino Fritos, which is fried prawns wrapped in bacon and cheese.
3 Chargrilled Chicken @ RA Restaurant & Lounge
At the RA Restaurant & Lounge, they serve some of the best tapas in Hong Kong, including chargrilled Chicken with Peppercorn sauce.
4 Sweet Potato fries with Truffle oil @ La Porcina
One good Latin restaurant in Hong Kong, La Porcina, does great Sweet Potato fries with Truffle oil, which are irresistible with drinks.
5 Chilli and Garlic Prawns @ Scirocco
At hip eatery Scirocco one of the great recipes they have is Sizzling Chilli and Garlic Prawns, which has spicy chorizo sausage, lemon butter, white wine, herbs, chilli and garlic toasted baguette.
6 Salmone Affumicato @ Pizzeria Italia
Pizzeria Italia in Hong Kong does a lovely fish dish of Salmone Affumicato, which has smoked salmon with capers, lemon and virgin olive oil.
7 Wood Ear Mushroom @ Chilli Fagara
At the chic Chilli Fagara they make the vegetarian delicacy Wood Ear Mushroom and Celery in garlic sesame sauce, topped with sesame seeds and Szechuan peppercorn oil.
8 Baby Squid @ Bistronomique
At Bistronomique they have delicious baby squid, served with Chorizo and Balsamico dressing. Try with a glass of sherry.
9 Arabian Salad @ Al Maidah
At Al Maidah the Arabic Cuisine menu features a mezze of Arabian Salad, which is a flavourful mix of mint, tomatoes, bulgar wheat and dressing.
10 Mozzarella Balls Salad @ The Hidden Garden
The Hidden Garden serves a vegetarian option of Tomato and Mozzarella Balls Salad, with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil and balsamic dressing.
Address: Shop D, G/F, Ka Yee Court, 23 Mosque St, Central, Hong Kong
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11 Grilled Enoki Mushrooms @ Dream Cafe
At the Dream Cafe the Grilled Enoki Mushrooms Wrapped in Beef slices are delicious.
12 Crabmeat Summer Roll @ Soi 7
At oriental Soi 7 they do a tasty appetiser Crabmeat Summer Roll with Crabmeat, cucumber and basil in a spring roll, with homemade sweet chilli sauce.
Address: 57 Wyndham St, Hong Kong
Telephone Number: 2840 0041
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13 Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs @ The Dining Room
One top restaurant in Hong Kong, The Dining Room, has Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs which are great with a glass of red wine.
14 Fried Oyster Pancake @ JK Kitchen
The Vietnamese inspired JK Kitchen has a Fried Oyster Pancake which is tasty.
15 Cucumber Raita @ Tulsi
Tulsi, an Indian restaurant in Hong Kong, serves a classic Cucumber Raita.
The best Tapas in Hong Kong, no matter your taste
With many interpretations made of these plates of food, from mezze to starter, it’s a fluid form of eating, and lots of people love to enjoy a selection.
Whether for a light lunch, pre dinner snacks, or just to enjoy whilst watching films, this style of eating is more of a philosophy than a rigid style.
Enjoy how you like, whether you’re a vegetarian or meat eater, or order just a few or many, the choice is definitely all yours!