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La Paloma

Sai Ying Pun Spanish $$$ +100
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About La Paloma

If Sai Ying Pun is Hong Kong’s new sexy district, blossoming into a foodie paradise thanks to the new MTR station and a general dawning awareness of the Western District’s hidden riches, then La Paloma (Spanish for pigeon) is certainly the area’s most sexy Spanish tapas restaurant. Covering a generous 3,500 square feet and more than capable of handling close to a hundred diners in pursuit of the city’s finest small-plates, La Paloma is a very welcome second messenger pigeon bearing deliciously good news from the El Willy Group, whose restaurants have been warmly received in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Book a spot at La Paloma’s Queen’s Road West premises (on the corner of Li Sing Street) and witness El Willy’s Andalusian magic at work.

假如西營盤是香港的新寵美食區,La Paloma(即鴿子)想必是該區最得寵的西班牙小食餐廳。坐擁3500呎的空間,位於皇后大道西的餐廳把El Willy集團的魔力發揮得淋灕盡緻。

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
La Paloma, Queens Road West 189, Sai Ying Pun Hong Kong

Further Information

It’s best to say right here and right now that there’s more than simply Spanish tapas going on at La Paloma. Truth be told, we’re often in fear of the tapas craze burning itself out and dropping forgotten to Hong Kong’s overstuffed streets in the manner of a pigeon unlucky enough to perch on a poorly-grounded high-voltage wire. We don’t want to see tapas go, but we also know there’s a lot more to the Iberian peninsula than eminently shareable small plates. Thankfully, the El Will Group of restaurants have their finger on the pigeon’s pulse and should very well be able to lure guests to their new Sin Ying Pun venture on the strength of their live paella kitchen alone. There’s also a traditional Spanish asador, the clay oven that’s responsible for roasting La Paloma’s succulent meat, fish, and vegetable dishes to perfection. For some, this spectacular offering will dwarf Spanish small plates forever; for us it’s simply one more reason to book a table at this special restaurant along Sai Ying Pun’s Queen’s Road West.

La Paloma’s burgeoning success owes a lot to the excellent personnel that the El Willy Group have recruited to tend to their second foray into Hong Kong food after the runaway success of FoFo by el Willy. The mastermind behind it all is renowned Spanish expatriate and chef Willy Trullas Moreno (owner of Shanghai’s el Willy) and executive chef Alex Fargas (FoFo’s exec chef and head of the Spanish Chefs Association in Asia). Hospitality industry leaders the both of them, they’ve put chef Vito Chiavacci in charge of the kitchen, and ex-Catalonian Ricky Sabata out front to look after La Paloma’s guests. Signature dishes on offer at this new Sai Ying Pun Spanish restaurant one floor up on the corner of Queen’s Road West and the diminutive Li Sing Street include bacon con queso, which the menu inexplicably translates as bacon and cheese explosive air baguettes. Safety first might lead you to opt instead for the traditional kingfish Tiradito, with avocado and green sauce, or the even more traditional wartime dish of coca de cebolla y butifara, consisting of confit onions, Mahon cheese and sausage served with asador-baked, homemade flatbread. Okay, a wartime dish is not exactly playing it safe so, fine, be culinarily stubborn and plate up some of the best tapas in town, or plump for an equally prime paella.

La Paloma為香港帶來的豈只西班牙小食?單是西班牙海鮮焗飯已足夠把食家引到西營盤,加上獨有的泥製焗爐,把菜、魚、肉都烤得鮮嫩多汁,令人恨不得馬上跑到皇后大道西。

西營盤的La Paloma是El Willy集團第二間打進香港的食肆,由大廚Vito Chiavacci打造一碟碟招牌菜式,芝士煙肉空心法包和生魚刺身配牛油果青椒醬等。

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CHEF'S CHOICE

158 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 158 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Food: delicious
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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Sandy L.
1 review so far 6
10.09.2017 22:03

Fantastic birthday brunch gathering for a group, just the right amount of food & drink to fill us up. Excellent patient staff, great atmosphere and location.

Richard N.
2 reviews so far 6
09.09.2017 09:47

Great atmosphere. Welcoming and gracious staff. Excellent service! Fantastic food! We arrived a few minutes before our reservation. We were asked if it was ok to sit outside to wait for our table. Ice cold sangria served promptly and within a few glasses of sangria, we were at our table. Food was Spain's best. Easily comparible to all we ate in Barcelona and The Med coast! Well done. We will be back!!

Duncan P.
2 reviews so far 6
09.09.2017 09:16

Fantastic food, attentive but unintrusive service and a lovely setting. The suckling pig was aghhhhhh.....special! The rustic setting felt like a village cantina. We will be back

Karen M.
2 reviews so far 6
06.08.2017 20:27

The food is always consistently great and the service from Ricky and the staff is second to none. The brunch on Sunday is definitely worth a vist.

Anthony A.
1 review so far 2
22.09.2016 11:57

From the moment I received a phone call from La Paloma to confirm my reservation I knew my experience wasn't going to be a good one. In hindsight, I should have just cancelled the reservation then but I had promised my girlfriend Spanish food for dinner. The greeting upon arriving at the restaurant was cold. Felt like we were an inconvenience. Menus were thrown in front of us and the waitress immediately left. After going through the drinks list we had to call the waitress over to order. Looked like such an effort for her to come over and take our drinks order. Ordered a glass of red and the Fino Fino Philipino cocktail. The wine was barely drinkable and despite the promise of passionfruit, lime, mint, rum and cava I was served a small glass full of ice and a cheap tasting rum. Not a single hint of passionfruit, lime or mint. Can't complain about the food except that it is a bit pricey considering the portion sizes and ingredients used. Needless to say we won't be back or recommending La Paloma which is a pity since the decor is great and the food has promise. Worst part is that they don't charge service which to me should mean that waiters are very enthusiastic to look after you in exchange for a good tip.

Martin F.
1 review so far 6
03.08.2015 20:21

Saturday evening dinner experience - full restaurant with all tables busy all the time (was there from 7pm to 10pm). Yet service fluent and fast, something which is hard to get even in very upscale and expensive places. Restaurant manager Ricky constantly checking among tables if everything is all right and waiter/waitress were next to my table frequently, discreetly and politely. Food - actually when leaving, the chef personally told me "I have noticed you eat a lot!", to which only one answer existed - because the food is superb! All kinds of tapas - tasty, attractive presentation, fresh. Try stuffed baby squids, mamma's meatballs, patatas bravas, fried escalops with bechamel, ... and of couse paella in few different variations) - all tasty and fresh. Nice and decent-priced spanish wine list - can choose from quite local spanish producers as well as from bigger names (e.g. Alvara Palacios) Overall - will repeat for sure and will share with friends. Reservation recommended on busy Friday/weekend nights.

Angela R.
1 review so far 5
19.02.2017 00:25

La Paloma's interior is spacious, and cozy. Its staff are attentive, although they do have difficulties addressing requests during peak hours. We had the weekend brunch, and it was definitely a steal at HK$250 per person. The cochinillo was really tender, and tasty, and the skin was stayed crunchy beyond the expected time. Paella was also good, though I would have been happier if there were slices of hard boiled eggs. The tapas were very tasty, but I found the bravas to be the best.

Vivian L.
1 review so far 2
22.11.2016 13:24

3 things make up a diner's restaurant experience - the food, the environment and the people (the staff). It majorly failed on the staff portion: the receptionist was noexistent then was less than enthusiastic to show us to our seating and the servers did not know what their own menu was (there was an award winning dish which 2 of the staff seem to not know existed. Least impressive of all was when they tried to offer us a smaller portion of the paella as it would have been free based on the super monday buy-1-get-1-free deal which is utterly unbelievable. The food itself was ok, we tried 3 tapas and 2 mains and the dish of the night was probably the paella. The award winning pork dish was impressively juicy, but extremely fatty with nothing acidic to cut thru the richness. The paella was delicious but abit too salty. We've always loved Fofo by el Willy, but we're not impressed by what we saw at La Paloma, we might as well just go back to Fofo / go elsewhere.

Pallavi R.
2 reviews so far 5
13.08.2016 14:05

La Paloma has not yet been inflicted by typical Hong Kong restaurant inconsistencies. The food and service are always on the mark. Food is delicious, but 4 stars instead of 5 as some portion sizes are a bit varied for sharing - such as tortillas are more than adequate but the the fresh sardinillas are too small to be shared.

Jessica R.
2 reviews so far 5
14.09.2015 09:43

Food and atmosphere were fantastic! I would definitely go back :) I would have given the restaurant a 5, but the waitstaff just needed to be a bit more attentive, on multiple occasions we had to try and get their attention while 3 or more were standing around having a chat. When I did get their attention to ask for a glass of wine, they took my order and walked off without asking the rest of the table what they would like. Having said that, food and drinks were brought out quickly once we had ordered, and there was one waiter who once we got his attention was brilliant and very helpful.

Cheryl C.
1 review so far 5
21.01.2017 11:57

We enjoyed every dish we had. The lobster paella was especially good and huge. Only thing, service could be better. Spilling water by the server all over the table and leaving puddles of water is not OK. When we asked to have the water wiped up, server was reluctant to do it or just didn't get it. Had to ask twice and took so long to take care of a simple matter. Also when we asked for wine glasses, our server mad a facially express of annoyance. But I'll still give it a second chance and go back.

camelia y.
1 review so far 6
19.11.2015 18:36

I am ovo lactose & gluten intolerant. The staff at La Paloma went out of their way to accommodate me, even customizing some of the dishes in their brunch menu so that I could eat it. I was very impressed!

Sarah B.
3 reviews so far 6
22.08.2016 10:01

My first time at La Paloma. A lovely restautrant and very friendly staff. The food was simply amazing I was there during the guest chef El Palanca and had the special menu, it was fantastic. I will go back again.

Sabrina L.
5 reviews so far 5
19.05.2017 11:48

My second visits to La Paloma, it was great as usual. I got to try my dishes this time and staff was friendly to recommend us what to have with the 7 of us. It's just a bit noisy with loud music but still great services !

Brett N.
1 review so far 6
22.09.2016 12:02

Great! Proper paella hard to find in this town! The roast pork is crispy & very juicy, Hong Kongers will love it. When we came to pay the bill we ran in to some issue with Supermonday deal -- some of the menu items apply and some do not -- but the hostess took responsibility and gave us the discount anyway. That is using good judgement to override a rulebook...also rare in this town! We will be back.

Virginia C.
1 review so far 6
28.03.2016 01:35

Amazing atmosphere and wonderful food. Actually I am from Spain and I can tell this is an authentic Spanish restaurant, the food was exquisite, fresh ingredients and really high quality. We were delight with all the variety of tapas they offer, cold and hot, and of course also with the main courses like paella. We had a "arroz negro" black rice , which was absolutely amazing! I will highly recommend you this fantastic place.

Alba C.
1 review so far 6
17.03.2016 12:20

La Paloma is allways great experience. Restaurant is super coisy, warm and welcoming. Food is excellent and staff super nice. Highly recommended. I will for sure go back. In fact, this is six or seventh time there.

Marthe V.
14 reviews so far 6
15.04.2016 16:25

La Paloma is a really nice restaurant. Super good food and nice dishes with a very convenient and relaxed atmosphere and excellent service (good recommendations for the food and the wine!). I will definitely be back!

Denvy L.
5 reviews so far 5
30.08.2015 11:50

It was a much more crowded night than on Tuesday when I went earlier in the week. If you like your venue noisy with a great buzz, go to La Paloma on the weekends. Otherwise it is best to stick to the weekdays.

Rodney S.
2 reviews so far 5
12.08.2015 10:37

We went on A Saturday just after midday and it was pretty quiet. We had the Brunch menu with the Wagyu steak as our main and they were happy to make a few changes to some of the tapas as my wife is pregnant and I can not eat fish. Plenty of food and no duds in the dishes, steak was super tasty with a rich sauce. With one wine, a coffee and some sparkling water it was about $900