The newest dining destination to launch in Rosewood Hong Kong‘s (already happening) level five is Bayfare Social. And guess what, it is indeed very social. The convivial eatery, which also connects to cultural-retail complex K11 Musea, has officially opened its doors and presents an interactive all day dining experience within the framework of a “tapas-inspired gastro-market”. Now what this translates into is: a dining format whereby guests can browse the menu for food from different stations and counters. Or they can explore themselves, and find a wide variety of foods such as gourmet salads, charcuterie, tapas, Asian noodles, Italian pasta, fresh seafood and more, on offer.
Set within a sleek, but simple and spacious interior, the new restaurant is designed by New York’s Parts and Labor Design and aims to create a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy in the main dining room, breezy outdoor patio or private room available for events and large groups.
At Bayfare Social, Spanish Chef de Cuisine Álvaro Ramos helms the kitchens and serves up an impressive menu that spans breakfast, lunch, pre-dinner drinks and dinner. Here, guests can enjoy a leisurely meal with family or have drinks and tapas with friends overlooking the harbour. But while the vibe is casual and the setting is comfortable, the food speaks for itself. “So, what are we eating?” I hear you ask. Well, let me tell you.
The all-day dining menu features several stations along with fresh produce counters, many of which feature locally sourced items, wherever possible. A favourite is the Seafood Station at which crudo, or raw items, such as seabass ceviche with zesty lime, sweet potato and corn or a rich Nikkei-inspired salmon tataki with wasabi, sour cream and cucumber water, or a stunning platter of fresh seafood with oysters are worth trying.
The Deli Station is also one to explore, especially during lunch. With a wide range of salads, grilled sandwiches, charcuterie, cheeses, terrines and dips, there really is something for all tastes and appetites. Sandwiches to highlight include a grilled Reuben filled with succulent corned beef brisket and sauerkraut, or the Cubano made with Milano salami, cooked ham, pulled pork and mozzarella. Lighter and less carnivorous options, such as the gluten-free kale sandwich with camembert, roasted tomato jam and pesto, are also available.
Moving onto Chef Ramos’ forte, we browse the selection of international cuisines offered in tapas form. This includes classic dishes such as the garlic, chilli and olive oil prawns, or farm egg with baby squid and padron peppers. Other more creative dishes include options such as crispy chicken skin flavoured with curry and spicy coleslaw, along with Chinese food-influenced braised short rib with XO sauce and pickled radish. Since sharing is key with tapas, guests can also opt for the paella of the day, as well as some Spanish meat skewers.
Finally, we head over to the Noodle and Pasta Station which features Asian noodles and Italian-style pastas. We recommend starting with a steaming bowl of beef noodle soup; served with short rib, water spinach and chili, or the classic Italian dish of linguine tossed with ricotta, sun-dried tomatoes and broccolini.
There’s also a coffee corner, whereby devilishly decadent desserts including the chocolate brownie with white chocolate ice cream, and a tropical mango mousse with pineapple jelly and coconut cream, will finish off your meal on a sweet note.
For those of us that enjoy a little pre-dinner aperitivo, Bayfare Social also offers a collection of cocktails, mocktails and Mediterranean wines. We suggest sipping on a refreshing Plaza Highball which is a mix of Rinomato Americano bianco and Gentleman’s Soda. The Slushy Sgroppino is another fresh choice and features a punchy limoncello, grappa, and prosecco before it’s blitzed with lemon sorbet.