Tapas Bar (Kowloon Shangri-La)
Hong Kong-West Kowloon
May 11, 2018
An odd little quirk in the middle of Shangri-La Kowloon’s lobby, the Tapas Bar sits just off the main reception area, a glass-walled box with an interesting, if slightly limited selection of food. Alfresco dining is an attraction, especially given the views of Hong Kong’s skyline.Tapas has had its time in the sun in Hong Kong, a city known for its food fads. The mediocre restaurants have died out, leaving just gems like Bocqueria, 22 Ships and Catalunya to fly the flag. That Tapas Bar continues to be profitable – especially given its slightly off-the-beaten-path location, speaks volumes about its commitment and enduring popularity.The dishes are reasonably priced, as one would hope, and while they may lack the flair or creativity of some of Hong Kong’s more celebrated tapas purveyors, they are certainly fit for purpose. It is really the wine list (rather than the name) where Tapas Bar shines; expertly curated by the young, enthusiastic sommelier Ringo Lam, Kowloon Shangri-La boasts an impressive cellar and while most of the wining and dining goes on in the Michelin-starred Shang Palace downstairs, the wine list reflects the bounty that Lam has brought to the hotel. Tapas offers well over a hundred wines, many New World, along with a sizeable, impressive by-the-glass list. Signature cocktails like their Basil Daiquiri and a vodka Wasabi Green Apple Martini impress. A small sherry list and Spanish favourites like sangria round out the drinking experience.
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