18/F, The One, 100 Nathan Road, TST
Actress Carina Lau has recently opened three ventures on the 18th Floor of The One: Tapagria, Kyo-Shun and Zurrolia. Andrew and I chose to check out Tapagria for a more casual Spanish dine in. Zurrolia, also on this floor, is the fine-dining alternative.
Unsure what to expect, but secretly aching for an authentic, masterfully concocted sangria, I crossed my fingers desperately. One sip from their deep red jar of Wild Berry ($330; 1/2: $290), embellished with blackberries and all manners of sweetness in Cachaça, and my fingers weren’t the only things happily loosened.
I do remember looking at their food menu online as I was on my way (read: trying to work out the frustrating puzzle of elevators and lifts leading up to this mysterious floor at The One), and wondered dismally if the illustrations were a half-assed Windows Accessories Paint job. I suppose, in some ways, one shouldn’t judge the restaurant by its menu.
The stand-out was without a doubt the paella*! Incredibly rich, perfectly-seasoned rice was jeweled with a few fresh treasures from the sea – mussels, clams, and prawns. I loved the delicious depth of flavour, and might have to admit that it’s probably one of the better paellas I’ve tasted in Hong Kong. Sadly, it’s tapas-sized, so you might have to be the better man and let your partner steal away the lone prawn.