Cover Source: Chueca

With its menu of reinvented tapas and hearty classics, this Spanish bistro looks set to become a destination for all-day Iberian dining

Taking over the former Agnes B. Cafe L.P.G. space at the entrance of Gough Street is Chueca, a new tapas bar that promises to bring a slice of Iberian gastronomy to this corner of Sheung Wan. The bistro is named after Madrid's equivalent to Hong Kong's Soho district, an urban neighbourhood that is packed with tapas bars and restaurants that serves as a magnet for gourmands.

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Yuki Yasukagawa of Design East—who is responsible for the look of a host of local restaurants including The Araki and Kona, among others—has opted for a calming and slightly rustic palette of pastel blue, white, and light woods accented by brass accents for Chueca. A marble bar with stool seating by the entrance seats those looking to enjoy a casual evening drink.

In the kitchen, Barcelona native and veteran chef Jordi Vallés, previously of Aqua and Pirata restaurant groups, heads a food programme of Spanish nibbles, charcuterie, and hearty classics that have been reinterpreted along tenets of upscale dining. There's the Chef's Rusa, which layers sherry marinated salmon roe atop a fine potato salad with mayonnaise and tuna; the Chef's Canelón, a year-round Barcelona treat that involves fork-tender truffled meat wrapped with a delicate sheet of pasta, paired with porcini mushroom bechamel sauce and optional truffle shavings; and the slow-cooked lamb shoulder, served as two medallions with mojo verde and pumpkin purée. 

Chueca also looks set to become a brunch destination, with its HK$588 menu that includes a seafood platter of Fine de Claire oysters, Boston lobster, tiger prawns, and chilled tuna tartare with avocado; plus a selection of tapas, a main, and a dessert. There's the option to add a free-flow drinks package, which includes Negronis, red sangria, Cava, Spanish wines and beer.

Chueca is open from October 30 onwards.

Chueca, 8-10 Gough Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; +852 2703 0810

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