When I first heard about Supergiant Tapas & Cocktail Bar, I must admit I was slightly hesitant about trying it. I wrongly assumed that, with a name like that, it must be a very local take on Spanish food and therefore not worth rushing to. I then found out it was part of the newish Mira Moon Hotel – the trendy Mira Hotel in TST’s little sister – and realised my first impression must be wrong.
Nestled on the third floor of this stunning boutique hotel, on the border of Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, Supergiant’s name actually derives from the astrological ‘Supergiant,’ the largest and brightest of all the stars, combined with a slightly playful version of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival fairy tale.
The hotel, including the restaurant, is designed by award-winning interior designer Marcel Wanders, together with international property design company yoo. With its fun, quirky interiors, you won’t be surprised that it’s actually a member of the boutique hotel collection Design Hotels.
The kitchen is led by Chef Guillermo Delavault. Hailing from Argentina, Chef Guillermo did his culinary training in Barcelona and grew hugely fond of Spanish cuisine and traditions. In line with the theme of the restaurant itself, he has devised a menu that stays true to Spanish cuisine, with a dash of Chinese influence.
The suitably named Saturn’s Rings consisted of calamari and onion rings with squid ink yuzu dip and dill mayonnaise. The rings – both squid and onion – were perfectly crispy without being solely batter. I wasn’t a fan of the dill mayo, since dill isn’t my favourite of all the herbs, but the squid ink dip was amazing.
I am a big fan of chorizo in any shape or form. Supergiant’s txistorra and shitake, a variety of sausage from the Basque Country, may have actually been the best chorizo I’ve had in a long time. It was a lot smoother than other varieties, without those irritating lumps of gristle, and it paired beautifully with the shitake mushrooms, caramelised onions and herb focaccia.
Whilst the Shrimpy Skinny Dip was a nice idea, I’m not sure it entirely worked. Instead of traditional gambas al ajillo served sizzling on a plate, this is a DIY mini hotpot set above a tealight candle. Very cute in theory, but, as you can imagine, above that little flame, the garlic and chilli-infused oil was nowhere near hot enough to heat up the prawns. Granted, they had been partially pre-cooked, but they still made me a little nervous. That said, I did love the curry crispies in which you dip the prawns after their warm oil bath!
Suckling pig is a favourite in both Spanish and Chinese cuisines, so naturally it made an appearance at Supergiant. With wonderfully crispy skin and tender, juicy meat, served with apple purée and courgettes, it was easily one of the best suckling pigs in town.
I wasn’t particularly taken by the ‘Yin Yang’ Squid, as the squid was a little on the rubbery side and there wasn’t enough flavour.
I did, however, love the Duck Habana Cilindros. These giant confit duck spring rolls are designed to look like cigars, ‘lit up’ by a dusting of poppy seeds and chilli powder at one end. Apparently they once came served in a cigar box, but that well-known cigar company had something to say about that!
My absolute favourite dish of the night has got to be the Hong Kong-style egg waffles with Serrano ham. Now, you can complain all you like about how this is insulting a local tradition, but seriously, these are incredible. If you like pancakes with bacon and maple syrup (the only way pancakes should be eaten), then you’ll love these.
Even though we had already finished on a semi-sweet note with the waffles, we couldn’t resist the Valrhona chocolate lava cake. Obviously this moved completely away from the theme of the menu, but who can complain about a gorgeously runny, rich chocolate fondant? Not me.
Prices at Supergiant are remarkably friendly, with ‘divertimentos’ (small tapas) and tapas (bigger ones) between $79 and $199. There’s also an incredible ‘Super Happy Hour’ that runs from 4pm until 1am every day and gives you 50% off all drinks! I was pleasantly surprised by my dining experience at Supergiant. For a fun escape from Central to a quirky bar with creative, tasty food and fun cocktails (at great prices!), I know where I’ll be going, particularly when the ‘Secret Garden’, reopens after the summer!
Supergiant Tapas & Cocktail Bar
3/F, Mira Moon Hotel
388 Jaffe Road
Tel: +852 2643 8864