After happy hour cocktails at Solas, we crossed to the other side of Wyndham Street to sample the highly recommended tapas at Zafran where we were met by the friendliest and perkiest restaurant receptionist I've ever met to date. Although we didn't have a booking, we were immediately escorted to the basement where we were given the choice of taking a table or eating at the bar. We opted for bar seats since they had an open kitchen and there's just something very homey and cozy about being able to watch your food made.
Their main menu is divided into two parts - Golden Oldies and Spring Remixes. Golden Oldies encompass the more traditional Spanish cuisines, while Spring Remixes are the more modern variants of older classics. We were recommended to order from both sets so as to sample both old school and new world tastes.
We started off with some garlic chili prawns which were cooked to perfection. These came with a platter of bread that we delightfully dipped into the garlic and chili-infused olive oil "sauce".
Garlic chili prawns
Then came our cheese platter, which was prepared by the chef himself.
Chef preparing our cheese platter
It consisted of red wine goat's, which is identifiable by its distinct red rim; Idiazabal, which is made from unpasturized sheep milk; Mahon cheese, which was kinda crumbly (and I did not especially enjoy); and rosemary Manchego, which was my favourite of them all.
Red Wine Goat's, Mahon, Idiazabal and Rosemary Manchego
As with any cheese platter, these came with an assortment of nuts, crackers and thin fruit slices.
After our cheese platter came our tuna tataki, which again, was prepared by chef himself. The tuna was fresh, tender and perfectly seared on the edges. I have no idea what the green and pinkish, orangey thin films of dressing were, but the whole thing was just delectable.
Then came our Dancing Queen - slightly salty squid with sweet caramelized onions that blended perfectly in every bite.
Squid with caramelized onion, black ink and parsley vinaigrette
And lastly (for our main tapas), we had the Ajoarriero (again, prepared by chef himself). This is chopped cod fish topped with slow-cooked egg topped with potato and olive cappuccino. To eat, just plunge your spoon all the way to the bottom of the cup to break the egg and let the runny yolk mix in with the lot. Yummy.
Cod fish with slow cooked egg, potato and Abequina olive cappuccino
For dessert, we had the cheesecake with mixed berries and ice cream. Every spoonful was an assortment of textures and tastes - the luscious chewiness of the cheesecake cubes with the sourness of the berries mixed with the sweetness and smoothness of the ice cream; every spoonful was exquisite.
Macadamia cheese cake with berries and ice cream
And just when we thought things couldn't get any better, the awesome manager, James, came over with another plate of dessert - fried milk. And this one was on the house. (Thank you, manager James, for the free extra dessert!) Basic comfort food yet utterly divine.
Fried milk with berries and Lavender sauce
Since it was Good Friday when we went, we didn't order any meat (in observance of Lent) so we will definitely be going back to also try the highly recommended suckling pig and Wagyu beef cheeks.
Affordable, gratifying Spanish tapas in the heart of party land, Zafran is a wonderful find indeed.
Apparently, the main entrance isn't the one along Wyndham Street opposite Solas but in the alley right next to Tivo.
Ajoarriero,Gambas Ajillo,Red Tuna Tataki
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Apr 18, 2014
Spending per head: Approximately HK$500(Dinner)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 5