Thursday, December 3, 2015

One Minden Tapas Kitchen (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

Last week alone, I have walked past One Minden Tapas Kitchen at the corner of Minden Avenue and Minden Row a number of times already but every time I was pressed with time and didn't get the chance to check it out closely. Tonight finally I did!

Helmed by Spanish chef Antonio Moran who has worked for some of the biggest names in Spain including Martin Berasategui, One Minden Tapas Kitchen is a tapas bar serving traditional Spanish dishes with a bit of contemporary twist.

Some counter seats are available at the bar if you're interested in watching Chef Moran working behind the scene.

Broken egg ($95) - here's how my dinner got started, soft boiled egg topped with strips of 36-month Iberico ham and slices of potatoes on the bottom. I remembered having a similar dish at Quemo whose version also consisted of stuff like foie gras, mushrooms and prawns. Well, this is a much lighter version but with slightly better results.

I love the savory Iberico Bellota ham which has been dry-aged for 36 months. The texture was crisp but yet not chewy. Was expecting patatas bravas with a special aioli underneath the egg and ham but it turns out to be just plain potato slices instead. 

Slow-cooked Iberico pork cheek ($138) - more enjoyable was the slow cooked Iberico pork cheek which was nicely matched with some thinly sliced carrots and zucchini (thus the name vegetable fettuccine) as well as a romesco paste that came with pretty strong flavors from the red peppers. The pork cheek has a nice "melt-in-your-mouth" texture and it tasted even better when I had it with the orange zest.

One Minden Tapas Kitchen is located in the quiet side of Tsim Sha Tsui, across the street from the buzzy K11 shopping arcade. Do check them out if you're looking for an authentic "Spanish by Spanish" experience in TST.

Food Rating: 5.5/10
Price: $$$
Address: G/F, 1 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui / East Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2722-1707

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