La Paloma, a spacious Spanish tapas restaurant in Sai Ying Pun, welcomes you with a splash of color the moment you set foot inside. Aside from the warm and inviting interior design, the food is sure to please. Having just launched a new menu, La Paloma offers diners a range of affordable and downright delicious Spanish dishes that are perfect for sharing. If you haven’t been yet, now’s the perfect time to make a trip to La Paloma to try their “sexy” new tapas!
Vibe At La Paloma
Right away you can sense that this Spanish tapas restaurant has perfected the balance between a fun and casual atmosphere, while serving up high quality dishes and maintaining efficient service. The interior design is inspired by “Chiringuitos” – Spanish beach bars, giving off an outdoor feel to their dining area. There is also a small outdoor terrace, perfect for when the weather cooperates.
Be sure to come to La Paloma thirsty, as their cocktails are seriously addicting. The sangria goes down a little too smoothly (for a weekday night, at least) and is an absolute must. La Paloma also has a great cocktail list – try the Aperol Spritz, which uses Cava to add a bit of Spanish flare to the refreshing drink.
We started with the Tapeo Variado (HK$368) – A Taste Of Spain – with six different bites to share: bruschetta, cheese, fois gras, croquettes, smoked salmon and cream bombs, sandwich with ham and truffle, and cured meat. This is a perfect platter to share between four people and a great way to sample a handful of La Paloma’s tasty tapas. We also tucked into a plate of Scallops (HK$88) with honey vinaigrette, onions, and spinach. This dish was a textural delight – the soft, smooth textures of the spinach and scallop paired perfectly with the crispy bits on top.
When at a Spanish restaurant, ordering paella is a given, so we tried the Arroz Negro (HK$348) – squid ink and prawn paella, which was just as good as it looked. After we took some photos of the dish, one of the staff members came around to mix the paella together and serve it. The Lubina a la Espalda (HK$245) was also a highlight and we quickly devoured this whole roast sea bass. The garlic, chili, and paprika sauce on top gave the fish an extra burst of flavour.
Naturally, we ordered a Spanish traditional dessert: Churros (HK$58) to finish off our meal. Dip these crispy dough sticks into the chocolate sauce or vanilla ice cream and get ready for a mouthful of indulgence. I would also recommend ordering the Sorbete de Sangria (HK$58), which was an unexpected delight – the strawberry gazpacho with sangria sorbet is a perfect summer treat.
La Paloma is a breath of fresh air in Hong Kong, offering diners an unpretentious spot to dine on high quality Spanish food in a fun environment. What’s more, La Paloma won’t break the bank.
189 Queen’s Road West (entrance on Wilmer Street)
Sai Ying Pun
Tel: 2291 6161