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From tacos to empanadas, ceviche, and churrasco, Latin America has given us a lot in terms of food. And while there are not as many representatives of the continent’s varying cuisines as we’d like, the restaurants we do have in Hong Kong are—thankfully—doing their home countries proud. Read on for our favourite places to get Latin American food in Hong Kong (sans Mexican, because that’s a whole other post for another day… but here’s a Taco Tuesday round-up if you’re desperately craving).
For Peruvian comfort food that hits the spot every time, head to Chullschick. This diminutive shop on Graham Street is known for its perfectly golden-brown Peruvian rotisserie chicken—a.k.a. pollo a la brasa, which is marinated in dark beer, herbs, and spices for two days before being roasted. The menu is truly enormous—impressively, everything is made in-house—but don’t leave without trying the seabass ceviche ($148), which you can upgrade to a larger size for sharing.
Chullschick, Shop D, G/F, 45–53 Graham Street, Central | (+852) 2668 3948
As the home of the largest Japanese population outside Nippon, it’s no wonder that Brazil has its unique own take on Japanese cuisine, a.k.a. Nipo-Brasileiro. Uma Nota (which you’re sure to recognise from its Elsa Jean de Dieu mural, even if you’ve never eaten there) specialises in Nipo-Brasileiro street food inspired by the founders’ trips to São Paolo’s Japanese neighbourhood, Liberdade. Try the coxinhas de frango ($80) and the dadinhos de tapioca ($70) for a Japanese spin on some of Brazil’s most famous finger foods.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central | (+852) 2889 7576
As per its name, Buenos Aires Polo Club is an homage to Argentina’s capital city, as well as the country’s status as the international capital of polo—fittingly, the décor has an equestrian-inflected members’ club vibe. The menu features a number of traditional Latin American dishes, including morcilla (Argentine blood sausage; $78), spinach and provolone empanadas ($78) and of course, a selection of Argentine beef. And what a selection it is—from 10-ounce tenderloins to 300-ounce t-bones, they’ve got it all. The same approach is applied to the condiment menu, which includes standards like mustard and horseradish as well as some more Latin American choices like the deliciously herbaceous and zingy chimichurri, as well as fresh salsa criolla.
Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2321 8681
For a taste of Nikkei cuisine, which marries the culinary traditions of Peru with Japan, head to the aptly named Tokyolima (the brunch is particularly good). The tiradito mar y tierra ($298)—a combination of flavourful lean tuna, seared beef tenderloin, passionfruit tiger’s milk, ginger oil, and herbs—is a perfect encapsulation of Tokyolima’s playful fusion cuisine, while the “Ki-mo-chi” chicken karaage ($120) is one of the best fried chooks in the city, in our opinion.
Tokyolima, G/F, Car Po Commercial Building, 18–20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central | (+852) 2811 1152
For classic Brazilian churrasco (barbecue), your best—and only—option in Hong Kong is Braza Churrascaria, which free-flow fanatics will recognise as the place with the all-you-can-eat meat. In keeping with Brazilian churrascarias, the meat here is directly sliced onto your plate by roving servers, who will keep bringing food over until you signal that you’re full using a colour-coded coaster. And it gets better—on top of the buffet meal, you can purchase a free-flow drinks package to get unlimited caipirinhas (you can also get house wines, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages, but we’re mostly here for the caipirinhas).
Braza Churrascaria, 3/F, Grand Progress Building, 15–16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 2890 9268
With an emphasis on native ingredients, a full ceviche menu, and thoughtful takes on traditional dishes, Ichu is modern Peruvian food done right. The beef tenderloin tartare ($150) is a favourite, while the newly introduced soft shell crab causa ($140) puts an Asian twist on the classic layered dish. Don’t forget to drop by Ichu’s beautiful terrace for a drink before you go.
Ichu, 3/F, H Queens, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2477 7717