Catalunya, Central, Hong Kong
There’s been a lot of hype about this place, and has been on my list of places to try since it opened. Reservations has been a complete night mare, especially for dinner on either Friday and Saturday night. We managed to get a booking one Saturday night but had to cancel. I was so gutted, but thankfully, a couple of my dear friends also wanted to try this and we opt for lunch which was SO much easier to get reservations!
I was rather impressed with the large space, and the team of culinary experts – headed by Executive Chef, Alain Devahive Tolosa, who haas worked alongside Ferran Adria of el Bulli, and a team of 20 chefs who come from many of Spain’s top Michelin three-starred restaurants. The menu vast, it took a while for us to go through…
We started with the suckling pig tapa (HKD170) – two cube pieces, the skin was incredibly crispy and the meat, tender, so tender that Dragon ate both pieces! We had to order another two servings!
I really enjoyed the steamed green asparagus with soft boil egg and black truffle (HKD160), it was scrumptiously good!
The jamon iberico croquettes (HKD100) was a favourite amongst the diners – extremely smooth potatoes and indulgent.
The black rice with red prawns (HKD160) – squid ink black rice with red prawns and garlic escense was a bit of a hit and miss with my fellow diners. Some loved the strong prawn flavours whilst others thought it was too fishy. I didn’t have any of this but ‘The Mother’ seemed to have enjoyed it.
I didn’t have any of the cod fritters (HKD90) a tribute to one of the most popular Catalan bites was another hit. ‘The Mother’s’ words – crispy and very creamy inside! ha!
Unfortunately the calamares with lemon mayonnaise (HKD110) was a little ‘meh’ – too oily and too much batter. ‘The Mother’ believes he has had better, so did my dining companions.
The ham, cheese and truffle ‘bikini’ (HKD 120) was ok – it tasted like a normal ham and cheese sandwich and a pretty expensive one at that!
I really enjoyed the scrambled egg on a potato bed with chorizo (HKD85) – eggs, potatoes, chorizo? Perfect breakfast!
Bombas from barceloneta (HKD95) – meat and potato concoction with Brava spicy sauce – not very spicy but definitely delicious.
The prime natural beef rib eye (HKD445) – 18 months, 400 days grass fed was incredibly delicious. Tender and succulent that it just melted in your mouth – could definitely have eaten this on my own!
The seafood paella – scampi, prawns, muscles and clams (HKD850) was infinitely better than the one at Quemmo (post to come) but still lacked a little umph. R thought the prawns weren’t cooked enough, ‘The Mother’ thought it was just ‘ok’.
We were getting full by one but thought we would share some desserts. The Cheese Flan (HKD70) was surprisingly better than I had anticipated. The cheese was subtle, it was fluffy and light.
We all wanted to try the Torrija (HKD70) soft and sweet warm bread with smoked milk ice cream. Not sure what we were expecting in terms of smoked milk ice cream, but the bread reminded me too much of a bread and butter pudding. Not that I am complaining as I LOVE bread and butter pudding.
The chocolate (HKD95) – a promise to end an indulgent meal on a delectably sweet note was the perfect end to the meal.
In hindsight I am glad it wasn’t just ‘The Mother’ and I dining here, as we wouldn’t have tried that many dishes. It was so lovely to catch up with Jason Bonvivant and Mochachocolata Rita – let’s do it again!
Service was polite and food was pretty good overall. There were some that was meh but definitely keen to try their other dishes on the menu!
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
G/F, Guardian House,
32 Oi Kwan Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2866 7900