November 9, 2012

Spanish ExplorerYou’ve noticed the recent Spanish invasion of Hong Kong, who hasn’t? From Zara’s little sister Uterque opening in IFC, to an abundance of new tapas bars scattered across the city, inch by inch, the Spaniards are claiming Hong Kong as their own. Not content with a slow and steady takeover though, it seems that Spain’s now pulled out the big guns and has sent in the Armada, or the culinary equivalent, Jason Atherton’s sparkly new tapas restaurant 22 Ships.

Perfectly capturing everything we love about the Mediterranean, 22 Ships is buzzy yet laid-back, understatedly chic and serves up small plates that deliver some serious punch in the flavour department. Perched at the bar, you get a front row view of the blur of action in the open kitchen as the white-coated army of chefs whip up your feast. Alternatively, bag a table by the open front, ideal for spilling out onto the pavement with a group of friends while tapas grazing and working your way through a couple of bottles of wine.

It’s virtually impossible to order a dud from the mouthwatering modern-tapas menu but if we were made to choose our favourites (and we’re talking gun against heads here), we’d recommend the scallop ceviche, the Spanish breakfast or the Iberico Bellota. And, if you’re looking for total bowl-you-over, out and out deliciousness on a plate, then order the char grilled Iberico pork and foie gras burgers. Two mini-sliders, too ambrosial for words. Just order them! And then order some more…

Last morsel of tapas devoured, last drop of Sangria drained and you still want more? Enter the “PBJ”, peanut ice-cream, blue fruit sorbet and salted peanut caramel. A wickedly indulgent finale that will surely have you waving the white flag and admitting defeat. Those crafty Spaniards and their Jamon warfare. ¡Viva España!

22 Ships
22 Ship Street
Wanchai, Hong Kong
+852 2555 0722
No Reservations

**Private Event**: Quintessentially Foundation will hold an intimate Charity Dinner cooked by Jason Atherton himself at 22 Ships next Monday, November 12th. Only 35 seats are available and tickets are HK$1388 including food, drinks and a signed copy of his cookbook. To book, contact Quintessentially Hong Kong at +852 2540 8595.

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