The bustling Tsim Sha Tsui is often overlooked as a dining destination compared to its cross-harbour counterpart. Here to change that is OM Tapas, a dining experience specialising in the hearty comfort food of the Spanish-Mediterranean coastline that proves that TST is a gastronomic gold mine if you know where to look.
Named after its position at One Minden Avenue, OM is a casual neighbourhood eatery, located among the buzzy hive of boutique shops and cafes nearby. The restaurant also takes inspiration from the yoga mantra, OM. To yogis, the chant represents the past, present and future. Similarly, guests of OM can experience what Spanish food was, is and will be.
Step through the glass doors and take a seat at one of the tables next to the windows, or at the bar counter for a view of the open kitchen. On most days, you’ll catch Executive Chef, Antonio Moran, at the pass, adding a final sprinkling of salt or a drizzle of sauce before plates of crispy pig ears, fried croquettes and Spanish garlic prawns fly to their designated tables.
Born in Sevilla, Antonio grew up in the Andalusia region of Spain, learning to forage for treasures in his natural environment and adopting a Spanish-Mediterranean style of cooking. After gaining his professional culinary certification, he trained rigorously at several Michelin-star kitchens around Spain. His time in some of Spain’s most famed kitchens – such as Martin Berasategui, Lillas Pastia and Taberna del Alabardero – taught Antonio an appreciation for traditional dishes made with contemporary techniques.
At OM, Antonio practises an intense dedication and focus for his craft, delivering authentic dishes from his home country with a unique modern twist. With Andalusia being the birthplace of tapas as well as the farming region for the world-famous Ib.rico pork, it’s no surprise that Antonio displays a deep appreciation for using only the best ingredients in his cooking.
That being said, dinner should kick off with a selection of tapas. Start with a serve of flaming chorizo and Galician octopus, or try the more adventurous Asian-influenced dishes including prawn rebozados (battered prawns) with salty egg aioli, Ib.rico ham broth served with udon and Ib.rico pork cheek bao – a sumptuous Spanish variation on a Hong Kong favourite.
When you’re ready, move on to more substantial options. OM is known for its seafood paella made with freshly prepared lobster stock and plenty of prawns, clams, mussels and squid. There’s also an incredibly tender suckling pig, slow-cooked for 12 hours to achieve unparalleled flavour. Savour this with the OM sangria, served in a tall glass with beautiful cascading colours of ruby red, pink and orange.
The semi open-air design and all-day dining hours make OM a fabulous place to go at any time of the day. There may be no beaches or Gothic churches in sight, but one taste of Antonio’s food will transport you straight to the Andalusian coastline.