• Jenni Lien

New dishes at La Paloma

Four years ago, I visited La Paloma for the first time to try their summer menu. There I was introduced to their ‘explosive’ tapas – including a Spanish bluefin tuna topped cracker-like puff with a tangy filling. It was stunning and I thought about it whenever my friends and I talked about going for Spanish food. But… it had been four years. Was La Paloma still any good?


La Paloma Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong

Recently I went back to try some of their new ALC dishes and upon entering the restaurant at 7:30 pm, I knew it would be. The restaurant was packed (on a weekday) — even the patio ended up being full! So while I waited for my friend, I ordered some of the explosive tapas: Salmon TNT (smoked salmon with chipotle cream, $35 each), Ternera Y Foie Gras (wagyu beef and a foie gras cream, $35 each), and Bacon Con Queso (bacon and a creamy cheese filling, $32 each). Stunning. Intense. Calorific. It’s absolutely worth a trip here just for these and some sangria ($98 each)!


La Paloma Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong

La Paloma Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong

La Paloma Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong

But how about the new ALC dishes?


We started with the Vieira Al Fuego ($188), “scallop on fire” served with brussels sprouts and Iberico ham in a lobster sauce. The scallops were thick and fresh and the sauce tasty but I wished it would have been served either hot or cold rather than lukewarm.


La Paloma Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong

The Ensaladilla Rusa ($128) was delicious! Both my friend and I commented at how great it was, with its mix of flavours and textures. A soft and creamy potato salad with crunchy (breadsticks), salty (anchovies) and sour (olives, Piquillo pepper) toppings.


La Paloma Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong

I was really looking forward to trying the Albondigas con Sepia ($148), a recipe for Catalan-style meatballs with cuttlefish and green peas from chef-owner Alex Fargas’s mother’s cookbook. These are the definition of comfort food.


La Paloma Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong

We’ve all had chicken skewers before but perhaps not like Pincho Moruno ($128). These skewers were super juicy and fresh, and had the tastiest, sweet-ish shallot dressing. Another dish where my friend and I paused our conversation to discuss how delicious it was.


La Paloma Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong

Of course we couldn’t leave without trying the new Paella De Mariscos (or seafood paella, $428). La Paloma now has a whopping eight different kinds of paella on the menu including this seafood one which was previously off menu. It was tasty enough and had delicious socarrat but for the price I would have expected more seafood.


La Paloma Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong

We ended our meal with Churros ($78) and a Crema Catalana ($48 each) similar to a cannoli. Both were solid.


La Paloma Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong

Verdict

La Paloma is such a fun restaurant. It’s bright and colourful, inspired by chiringuitos or Spanish seaside beach bars. The food is tasty and well-priced — the new dishes add a homey feel to an already stacked ALC menu. And they’ve got delicious dishes I’ve not seen on other menus in town. It’s a real gem and definitely worth a visit. They’ve also got an all-inclusive lunch menu from $198, a weekend brunch with free-flow paella and suckling pig, and great happy hour deals that run even on weekends.


189 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 2291 6161


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