This city could never have too many Tapas restaurants! When grabbing dinner in HK always ends up with "so & so's friend" coming along, "blah blah blah" in town and that friend you haven't seen in weeks tagging along, the more the merrier at the table means there should be more mouth watering dishes to be had, making tapas the ideal cuisine. Zafran does it a little different than the rest, keeping it contemporary with a late night lounge / bar out front and open kitchen in the back. If sitting at the counter tops you get to enjoy them creating beautifully plated dishes moments before digging in to them, and I think that's half the fun!
Their food follows suit with the interior by having both inspiring twists and the traditional tapas you would expect. We were won over by some of the simplest creations like the Padron Peppers, a hint of salt and that bitter bite is an uncomplicated piece of bliss! I must admit we ordered a second round of it after we had polished off our desserts.
For seafood lovers, you can't go wrong with garlic chili prawns and the octopus sitting on a bed of foamy mash potato. But the dish that really struck our taste buds were the razor clams with parsley, garlic and lemon, so juicy with that beautiful lightly seared flavor. Tapas isn't complete without chorizo is it? Specially home made at Zafran and a great sizzling dish to kick start the whole meal.
After we thought we had stuffed every last inch of ourselves along came dessert, a time where you magically find your appetite once more! We were treated to brownies, ice cream and pineapples disguised as breakfast and an airy G&T. Now.. I HATE gin and tonics..I sneer every time my friends order one but that frothy mix was equal parts refreshing and delightful! Might be the only way I can enjoy that concoction!
You'll be in good hands for exploring new things at Zafran, even if you're not a fan of seafood I dare you not to fall in love with their fishy selections, but even if you do play it safe with their more traditional eats, you'll be seconds on one dish or another! You can find them hidden at 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central or visit their website here.