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Verde Mar (Hong Kong)
Christopher KL Lau
Mexican food has always been popular in Hong Kong and is enjoying a renaissance in the city. Restaurateur Vivian Wong has been at the forefront of bringing a truly unique and authentic Mexican dining experience to the legions of foodies in Hong Kong.
Her latest venture is the newly opened Verde Mar (Green Sea) located in Wanchai but within walking distance of Admiralty and is already proving to be a hit amongst residents within the community and office workers.
Verde Mar’s strength lies in its dedication to preparing dishes which are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients in order to produce a truly authentic taste and feel. Upon arrival at Verde Mar, patrons are often struck by the refreshing and engaging interior design and use of colourful yet faded colors – an ambiance which adds to the sense that they are really stepping into a whole new culture. Verde Mar remains true to itself in that its wide variety of dishes are often spicy and make use of native and traditional ingredients such as peanuts, vanilla, beans, coconuts and tomatoes to produce flavorsome and mouth-watering dishes.
Like any cuisine, Mexican food is ever-evolving and changing and this is reflected in Verde Mar’s selection of dishes. There have a fine range of meat dishes in the form of Arrachera Steak, Birria Beef stew, whole roasted chicken and many more palatable delights. The Arrachera steak (HKD298) was filling and tender and definitely one of the restaurant’s signature dishes.
For those who like fish or seafood then from the menu, you can select Fish Veracruz, Fish Chicharon, Shrimp Ceviche, Shrimp Diablo and Fish Ceviche with Avocado. Each dish is, of course, very well presented and supplemented by spices and toppings to add further flavour and taste. For those who are looking for the popular favourites then Verde Mar does not disappoint; they serve classic and very filling Enchilada Cenaduria, Paella, Burritos, Quesadilla and Tacos.
For those with a sweet tooth then patrons can also try the Churros as well as the flavoured drinks in the form of a Horchata (Sweet Mexican Rice Milk) and Jarritos which are both popular soft drinks native to Mexico.
Reasonably priced with a relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere and very attentive staff, Verde Mar stands out from its competitors. Combining a comfortable interior and wide selection of appetizing, well-prepared and delicious Mexican food, Verde Mar offers the most original Mexican food in Hong Kong.
24 Tai Wong Street East
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2810 0888