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Bocadito’s noble mission is to plot a trans-Atlantic foodie voyage between Spain and Mexico, and bring the bounty back to Hong Kong with a price tag that will make a conquistador of any frugal-minded diner looking for quality tapas and drinks in Soho. Set in remarkable, grotto-like premises down Staunton Street in the most vibrant of Central’s many dining enclaves, Bocadito is justly deserving of the praise it has already received after an endearingly humble opening. The secret’s out now, so make sure you book your place at this El Dorado dedicated to old world Spanish and Latin American cuisine.
The first thing that strikes guests to Bocadito’s Staunton Street tapas bar and restaurant, right in the heart of Soho, is the entrance – a rococo portico styled to look like the maw of some demon drawn from some Spanish baroque vision of hell. Once on the inside, though, it’s all smiles, with a cosy interior reminiscent of the best tapas bars that dot the streets of Barcelona. And, once ordering and indulging begins, you’re a world away from Hong Kong’s Central, with an extensive range of Latin dishes that cover ground from Spain to Mexico.
Rock up to Bocadito’s bar and ask the bartenders to whip you up something special. Typical cocktails here will be rum-infused concoctions, amicably tailored to suit your taste. Or, for Hong Kong’s oenophiles, sample some of the fantastic Spanish and South American wines on offer. The main event at this central Soho tapas bar and restaurant is, of course, the glorious selection of Spanish-Mexican small plates, ideal for sharing and affordable enough to allow you to take in more than a few. Serrano ham, tuna and mushroom croquettes are a great place to begin, or dip bacon and mushrooms toast fingers into a ‘cappuccino’ of truffle and parmesan foam for a delicate entree. Taquitos, Iberica meat and vegetarian sharing platters, soups, seafood and desserts round off Bocadito’s supremely authentic menu. Book ahead!