La Rambla tops tasty ham with stunning views from IFC mall

The Jamón Ibérico ‘cinco jotas’, the perfect egg, and the avocado and lobster roll reveal a versatile menu backed by stunning harbour views

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 April, 2018, 3:44pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 April, 2018, 3:54pm

Catalunya is back, rebranded as La Rambla, and at its Wan Chai location in the gleaming IFC mall in Central, it is also larger, at 5,000 sq ft. It has a stunning view that will make cocktails on the terrace a popular choice.

We started with Jamón Ibérico “cinco jotas” (HK$360), paired with pan de cristal con tomato (HK$70), which in English means toasted bread topped with tomato paste and olive oil.

Next was the foie gras and eel terrine (HK$180), where the smoked eel is layered within foie gras done “mi-cuit” (half-cooked), which was our only disappointment of the night. The foie gras, though soft, felt flat, even when paired with smoky eel and strawberries in different textures.

We enjoyed the avocado and lobster roll (HK$210), featuring avocado slices topped with salmon roe, heaped on Boston lobster seasoned with mayonnaise - creamy, fresh and everything nice.

But our favourite was the truffle bombas (HK$90). These deep-fried “potato bombs” stuffed with minced meat and topped with spicy sauce and shaved truffle were a literal flavour bomb in our mouths. We especially enjoyed the crispy exterior paired with a soft, chewy interior.

The perfect egg (HK$90), made of potato foam served in a caviar tin with a slow-cooked quail egg, truffle oil and caviar, was an interesting mix of rich and velvety. The Hokkaido scallop with Donostiarra sauce (HK$160), topped with garlic chips and chilli, was flavourful and succulent.

Dinner ended with churros, or in this case, cinnamon “xurros” (HK$110), which are fried fresh to order and heavily dusted with sugar and cinnamon. These were deliciously crunchy yet light.