Get a leg up into Hong Kong’s thriving Spanish tapas scene at Club Bonito, a beautiful paean to the joys of acorn-fed jamon Iberico and the world of Spanish small plates, wine and much more besides. Club Bonito’s Central Water Street bar and restaurant is easily accessible from both Sai Ying Pun station and the Western District’s Hong Kong University station and campus, making this a popular spot for gastronomic education on the theme of Andalusian delights.
Without a doubt, the stars of the show at Club Bonito are the huge cured legs of jamon Iberico de Bellota that prop up each end of the bar at this Sai Ying Pun Spanish tapas bar and restaurant. In between you’ll find gaggles of Hong Kong foodies and Hong Kong University students that have made their way down the hill for a quick tipple and tapas at Club Bonito’s downhome premises along Central Water Street. The Iberian ham on offer here is acorn-fed and derived from ancient stock – the Albarragena cut even has its DNA certified! Pedigree indeed.
Playing Sancho Panza to the jamon Iberico’s Don Quixote is Club Bonito’s trusty list of robust red wines, drawn from premium Spanish vineyards and chosen for their ability to complement the bright red, complex and richly flavoured meat – unless you’re doing the traditional thing and capping your snifter of sherry with a slice. Of course, the menu at this Sai Ying Pun tapas bar and restaurant features plenty of bigger dishes – Club Bonito’s house paella is well-known in Hong Kong’s Western District, while the occasional set menu let’s you explore Spanish cuisine in hitherto unimaginable ways.