The metamorphosis of Hong Kong’s back streets into chic dining destinations continues with the opening of Catalunya on a quiet corner between Happy Valley Racecourse and Causeway Bay. The 8,000 sq ft eatery has a stellar team of chefs and managers from such celebrated Spanish restaurants as Ferran Adrià’s famed elBulli, El Celler de Can Roca, Mugaritz and Arzak. Expect a modern interpretation of authentic rustic Catalan fare - chef Alain Devahive Tolosa’s signature Catalunya tomato tartar and suckling pig is a culinary highlight.
The relaxed, modern interiors by New York-based designers AvroKO avoid clichés with a sleek eight-metre walnut bar seating 40 and an extraordinary custom brass and glass chandelier over the roast pig-carving station. The 140-seat space comprises a casual street-side café and more formal dining, with curved red-leather banquettes and a Spanish tile-clad modern fireplace. A private dining room complete with VIP entrance and views of the kitchen action seats 16.