La Paloma meaning pigeon, a new sexy tapas bar and restaurant is now soft-open in the buzzing Sai Ying Pun area, situated in the new art complex, SoHo 189. Conveniently located adjacent to the soon to open Sai Ying Pun MTR Station; La Paloma aims to bring a casual and laid-back modern Spanish cuisine to Hong Kong. Following the success of El Willy Group in both Shanghai and Hong Kong, La Paloma is their latest project, executed by Chef Willy Trullas Moreno, owner of el Willy in Shanghai, who is also one of the Top 100 most influential Spaniard outside of Spain and Chef Alex Fargas, the Executive Chef at FoFo by el Willy, who is the Head of the Spanish Chefs Association in Asia.
“We are extremely delighted to open La Paloma, our 2nd concept under el Willy Group in Hong Kong after the major success of FoFo by el Willy 5 years ago. This is going to be a very fun concept which will be a big hit with Hong Kong,” says Willy Trullas Moreno. “The whole La Paloma experience will be very modern, laid back & casual with a full view of the open kitchen which you can see the Chefs cooking a traditional paella. Sai Ying Pun is a great up and coming neighborhood on the Hong Kong island and we feel that La Paloma will definitely play a significant part to this,” says Alex Fargas.
La Paloma, named after the oldest nightclub in Barcelona, is brining a new form of Spanish cuisine to Hong Kong. Customers can experience authentic Spanish cuisine in an affordable price in a fun and interactive dining environment. Leading by Chef Vito Chiavacci, who has 15 years of culinary experience all over the world, the culinary team at La Paloma guarantees brining the best dining experience to all customers. Also, warm welcoming from the Front of House team, led by the experienced Riky Sabata, who is a native of Catalan.
Featuring an open kitchen with full frontal view of live Paella station and the “Asador”, a traditional clay oven, which can go up to 300 degrees Celsius. Its high temperature is perfect for roast dishes.
See below for our signatures dishes from the a la carte menu:
“Anchoas, cogollos de Tudela, aceite de oliva”
Spanish anchovies, crispy lettuce and olive oil vinaigrette $80
“Bacon con queso”
Bacon and cheese explosive air baguettes $88
“Tiradito de pescado blanco”
Kingfish “Tiradito”, avocado and green chili sauce $78
“Pulpo a la gallega”
Octopus with potato, smoked paprika and olive oil $155
Braised tripe with chorizo and morcilla $70
“Coca de cebolla y butifarra”
Home made flat bread with confit onions, Mahon cheese and sausage $118 (traditional catalan dish during the war times)
Roast suckling pig with traditional garnish $498
“Churrasco de buey”
Beef short ribs with roasted potatoes and shallots $428
“Paella de Bogavante”
Lobster and saffron dry paella $498
Nutella chocolate brioche buns $68
“Mollete con helado”
Soft ice cream sandwich $48
The wine list features wines from various regions in Spain, brining only the best from Spain to Hong Kong. Spanish beers will be served both on tap and by bottle, as well as Spanish Sherry and liter pitchers, sangrias and more. There are mainly four price ranges for wines, starting from HK$288 to HK$398, HK$450 to HK$550, HK$555 to HK$620 and HK$800 to HK$1180. Signature drinks include:
White sangria with fresh passion fruit, mango, white wine, lemonade, and a kick of spirits HK$328
Agua de Valencia
Mediterranean refreshing cocktail, cava, fresh orange juice and a touch of vodka & gin HK$288
Rebujito “Tio Pepe”
Sherry with Spirte & Fresh Mint HK$50
Tinto de Verano
Refreshing Summer Drink with Red Wine, Sprite & Lemon HK$45
1906 Red Vintage
Galicia, Spain En Botella HK$70
La Paloma is set in a 3,400 sq.ft. space, which can comfortably seat 85 diners, features an outdoor patio, perfect for drinks and snacks. Inspired by “Chiringuitos”, beach bars in Spain, the design aims to bring an outdoor atmosphere to an indoor restaurant with the usage of building materials commonly use in Chiringuitos and by making use of different colors to create a casual and laid-back atmosphere.