hong kong: boqueria restaurant opening

© boqueria - from new york city to hong kong

tapas have become a global trend. next to the richness in ingredients, colour and flavours, it's also the communal aspect of spanish cuisine that'll make it the next big culinary thing in the far east. savvy gourmets in new york city and beyond have long been familiar with boqueria, a hugely popular chain of spanish restaurants that have been inspired by the classic tapas bars of barcelona and its renowned la boqueria food market. and now the hospitality formula has arrived in hong kong to wow guests here with its tasty signature bites based on seasonal produce imported from spain. similar to the establishments in the u.s., the restaurant setting is distinctly contemporary with typically spanish elements blended in. architect hernán zanghellini applied lots of wood and moorish tiles, and matched these with sleek furnishings made in spain. boqueria's two kitchens are helmed by acclaimed chef david izquierdo. the open kitchen serves traditional tapas while the other kitchen prepares more substantial dishes to be shared by groups. so, what's on the menu? as for tapas and other bites, the list features a good variety of options, ranging from the classic tortilla and patatas bravas to the fusion-like pintxos morunos or lamb skewers and paellaboqueria also boasts a fine selection of classic cheeses and sausages, sourced from organic produce and meats. groups are catered for with large-format dishes like suckling pig and braised lamb shoulder. and just like in spain - and practically all around the mediterranean - a good meal should be accompanied by a great wine, and obviously boqueria stocks a good range of red, white and sparkling wines that match any dish or occasion. location: lkf tower, 33 wyndham street, 7th floor [central].

© boqueria - restaurant interior, chef david izquierdo and his signature paella [top to bottom]