Hong Kong Dining: Sal Curioso

  • The new venture from the couple behind Madame Sixty Ate.

    The new venture from the couple behind Madame Sixty Ate.

  • The interior at Sal Curioso.

    The interior at Sal Curioso.

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Inspired by the great sharing culinary cultures of the world, Sal Curioso has opened in central Hong Kong with a fresh look at how we dine. Opened by husband-and-wife team Chris Woodyard and Bronwyn Cheung, the couple behind Madame Sixty Ate in Wan Chai, the new 100-seat Wyndham Street eatery is the latest to offer up a menu with strong Latin leanings for groups of friends.

Dishes are made true to their heritage but also come with a few flares from the kitchen; from the albondigas, (Spanish-styled saltbush lamb meatballs on walnut braised chickpeas and melted foie gras); to “Squid Pop,” (seared squid and mussels with black potatoes, mussel aioli, and spiced popcorn).

Other dishes include the seafood or Wagyu-beef seviches; Cajun-styled jambalaya laced with chorizo, saffron bomba rice, and plenty of pepper; and the signature “Chef’s Dish for the Foodie”—Spanish morcilla cocidablack sausage with red-wine pigs trotters.

The ultimate sharing meal, though, is the barbecue, and Sal Curioso doesn’t hold back here, with molasses suckling pig—grilled over six hours—a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Look out for “Keep Smoking”, barbecued ribs and smoked tomatoes with Carolina BBQ sauce, which is best washed down with one of the restaurant’s international craft beers or a heady house cocktail. If you make it this far, there are several decadent desserts to choose from, including glassed key lime pie, served with lime marmalade coconut sorbet.

Be sure to look in at lunch time for the all-you-can-eat tapas menus, and in the interest of sharing, groups of seven or more only pay a five percent service charge.

2/F, 32 Wyndham St., Central; 852/2537-7555.

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