10 Best Hong Kong Tapas Restaurants: Small Eats to Love

So, just why does Hong Kong love tapas so much? The answer's simple: the principle is pretty much like dim sum, the heart and soul of Cantonese cuisine. You get a lot of small eats, of varying taste and texture, which are designed to be shared. Dim sum's traditionally something to eat in the morning, and tapas are usually served in the evening, but Hong Kong likes small eats any time of day.

Most of the restaurateurs who've brought tapas to Hong Kong come from overseas. And they've usually picked out popular, cosmopolitan dining areas like Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo where a tapas restaurant will fit right in to the international gastronomic mix.

22 Ships is typical of the breed – helmed by one of Britain's foremost young chefs, Jason Atherton. Equally exciting, and with a marvelous view of the city to boot, is Fofo by El Willy, with a really sensational and entertaining menu.

Tapas really suit Hong Kong's style of dining – fast, tasty, sociable and with a vaguely cosmopolitan air. They are also a dish that appeal right the way across every social spectrum and most age groups. In fact, tapas could very well be Hong Kong's most popular foreign food.

Photo courtesy of Tapeo


Tapeo's executive chef, Michael Van Warmelo, has created a range of plates that use both imported Spanish ingredients as well fresh locally-sourced and imported seafood and meats. The list of tasty ingredients include aged Iberian ham, smoked...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Quemo


Quemo, commonly heard in restaurants and kitchens in Spain, literally means "I'm burning". The element of fire heats things up at Quemo which features paellas and barbacoa, a style of Spanish barbecue.Buzzing with energy, Quemo serves...  Read More

Wan Chai
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Supergiant is Mira Moon Hotel's unique tapas and cocktail Bar. Designed by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders and curated by equally famous Spanish Argentinian Chef Guillermo Delavault, it is the go-to place for sharing Spanish tapas alongside...  Read More

Iberico & Co
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Iberico & Co. Kitchen and Bar, designed by award-winning designer Kinney Chan offers something completely unique to SoHo customers; an airy, spacious and somewhat grand interior with an unpretentious gastro bar feel. As always, the focus is...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
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Dining at Zurriola combines a 270 degree spectacular view of Victoria Harbour with gastronomic delights. Dining at Zurriola is nothing short of spectacular as the Executive Chef, Jovi Lee, conjures up a glorious eight-course menu that utterly...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Zafran


Zafran is a new concept from Aqua Restaurant Group and a new addition to Hong Kong's thriving Spanish scene. Zafran, which is ideally located on lively and atmospheric Wyndham Street, offers a more distinct multi-faceted vibe than its peers with...  Read More

Fofo by El Willy
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First making an appearance on the Hong Kong dining scene in 2010 following the success of el Willy in Shanghai, FoFo by el Willy is a culinary gem by award-winning Chef Willy Trullas Moreno from Barcelona. FoFo in Hong Kong is headed by Spanish...  Read More

Wan Chai
22 Ships
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22 Ships – a project by Michelin star chef Jason Atherton – has a hip ambiance and comfortable neighborhood attitude. It is set to bring a unique flavor and vibe to Hong Kong, complementing Ship Street's casual and easy-going nature. The...  Read More

121 BC
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First of all – enjoy the location. 121 could only be in Hong Kong. It's on a steep street that's dotted with traditional shops and just down the road from an incense-swathed shrine, yet well within the trendy entertainment zone that is SoHo....  Read More

Photo courtesy of Boqueria


Boqueria restaurant and tapas bar brings Spain's vibrant and convivial dining culture to Hong Kong's bustling Lan Kwai Fong area. The menu is inspired by El Mercat del la Boqueria and the best tapas bars in Barcelona, and includes large...  Read More


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Ed Peters has been based in Asia for much of his life.