Explore South America by MTR. Try out Hong Kong’s Latin dining scene without the long-haul flight

Explore South America by MTR

Try out Hong Kong’s Latin dining scene without the long-haul flight

LTThomas  LTThomas  on 3 Nov '17

Buenos Aires Polo Club 

Slick, stylish and full of beautiful people, this is the Argentina you’ve seen in the movies. The steaks are excellent quality and they let you pick out your own carving knife from an eyebrow-raising collection of antiques. The wines are wonderful and, frankly, all the sides are moreish. The bar is a great place to cosy up until the early hours, but be warned that they won’t let you leave without a nightcap. The vibe is country club meets city chic – and you’ll get the bill to prove it. A great place to impress a date or for a special occasion with friends. 

7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2321 8681

11 Westside 

A new addition to Kennedy Town’s vibrant dining scene, there are craft cocktails and a family-friendly atmosphere that suits the locals but many say is worth travelling for. The menu, which features Mexican classics, is short and simple – it might not suit fussy eaters, but everything is really well done. They serve up great tacos, you can customise your guacamole and the bar staff are friendly and keep the drinks flowing. It’s relatively new, so there will always be off nights as it hits its stride, but all in all, it’s a welcome addition to the Latin dining scene in the city. 

1/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, 3996 7754

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An international brand where you know exactly what you’re getting. Quality meats, varied sides and a fantastic wine list. At weekends there is a distinct club vibe as the night progresses. But, hey, that’s the Argentinian way. They also run masterclasses and have a wine club if you really want to get into the spirit of things.

5/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2386 8090

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Inspired by the Nikkei culture of Japanese emigrants to Peru, mixing up bits of East Asian cuisine with Latin America. Tucked away off buzzing Lyndhurst Terrace, it’s a little hard to find, but that adds to the intrigue once you make it through the unassuming doors into this cavern of fun. The music is loud, the cocktails are potent and it’s a good option for groups. For meat-free diners, the ceviche and veggie options are also lush. Get the chef’s choice menu and you’ll get the best bits at a bargain price. 

G/F, 18–20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2811 1152

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If you’re in the mood for a party, look no further than Picada. Nestled on the second floor of an inconspicuous building on the corner of Wyndham Street, inside you’ll find a restaurant bursting with colour and energy. The food is solid and the drinks are potent, but what sets this place apart is that they start to clear the tables away as the night goes on, making room for dancing. The music is a mix of Latin favourites, from reggaeton to salsa, and even the most reserved will find themselves giving in to the beat. 

2/F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street, Central, 3425 4037

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El Mercado 

This place probably serves the best pisco sour in Hong Kong. This is another fusion restaurant mixing up Japanese cuisine with Peruvian classics. It has the feel of a cosy hideout and the dishes taste like your grandma might have made them. In fact, this place is really popular with Peruvians craving a taste of home. The tuna tataki is great, all the ceviche dishes are moreish and they do the classics such as chicharron, empanadas, lomo saltado and churros with gusto. 

21/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, 2388 8009

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A perennial favourite, beloved by many Latin American expats in Hong Kong. These guys clearly know how to tap into Asia’s passion for Argentina (and beef). From the decor, to the music, to the atmosphere, when you visit Tango, it’s easy to forget you’re in Hong Kong. The steaks are juicy, the sides are delicious and even the simple things such as empanadas taste authentic. Tango also has an excellent wine list and the staff are attentive.

1/F, Carfield Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, 2525 5808

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Tequila on Davis

A must if you’re hungover or just generally hankering for Mexican food. The portions are sizeable, there is plenty of cheese and spice for those who want it and the margaritas are excellent. It’s not fancy, but it is fun and, unlike many spots in Kennedy Town, it’s a good bet for bigger groups. Beloved by locals, this has become a Davis Street stalwart. 

1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, 2818 1766

Cocktails at Tequila on Davis

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