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BOQUERIA

New York City's favorite Spanish tapas bar Boqueria is expected to open their first Asian branch at the LKF Tower in Lan Kwai Fong in late September. It is co-owned by former New York banker Syed Asim and Christopher Mark, who was one of the founding partners of Dining Concepts opening Bistecca Italian Steak House, BLT Steak, Blue Smoke, and Tango. 

Named after Barcelona's central food market, the original Boqueria was established in the Flatrion district of New York City in 2006 and still stands today as one of the favorite tapas eateries in the city. The Hong Kong version of it will not disappoint. The interior will be a contemporary rendition of the classic tapas bars in Barcelona, featuring a heavy use of woods, Moorish tiles, sleek furnishings and an open kitchen.

The kitchens will be helmed by Chef David Izquierdo, who was named by the Miele guide as one of Asia's 20 best chefs in 2012. It produces a variety of options from small traditional tapas to large dishes, both meant for sharing.

A typical meal will begin by sharing a jug of the restaurant's signature Sangria ($248/jug), followed by tapas like Pan con tomato ($58), Iberico ham ($188) and Patates Bravas ($68). Next, large seafood Paella de Mariscos ($148) would hit the spot. Churros con Chocolate ($58) will end your meal on a sweet note. 

Adding to your lavish meal can be signature dishes such as Bombas de la Barceloneta ($88) and an array of Spanish Cheeses like Idiazabal ($58).

To accompany your meal, order from their selection of Spanish beverages curated by group sommelier Zack Bezunartea. The restaurant is the first in Hong Kong to have Estrella Beer, Sherries and an exclusive Cava on tap. In addition, there is an extensive list of wines selected from famous producers, as well as lesser known small wine makers. Also available are a variety of cocktails shaken by a mixologist, such as gin tonics made with spirits from small batch distillers.

We will post a review on Boqueria soon. Stay tuned.

  • Hours: 11:30 am till late 
Address: 
7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: 
+852 2321 8681
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I had an opportunity to check this place out this past weekend. I was impressed with the ambiance and decor, as it definitely reminded me of being back in NYC. Overall, the food was very good, especially the seafood paella and the Shrimp in garlic and olive oil. The only issue was we had to wait over an hour for our table as we were a fairly large group. They made up for it by providing free champagne while we waited.

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