Tucked in a little alley off Wyndham Street, this underground bar and restaurant surprises diners with its sprawling dining space that is divided into three sections: the bar, the dining room and the late night lounge. While conversation is livelier in the bar, the spacious dining room at the end is ideal for an intimate dinner for two. Boasting dark wooden furniture and bare bricks, Zafran evokes the vibe of a cavernous basement which is geared towards the Wyndham crowd who seek a secluded dining space in the heart of Central.
Expect innovative tapas in the menu which span from small bites, salads, meat specials, crab options and more. We began the meal with Galician rock octopus, which comes in four delicate light bites with sea urchin mayonnaise and paprika potato, which unfolds on the palate deliciously.
Featuring cauliflower mousse and drizzled with black truffle oil, the charred white and green asparagus is rather bland, but serves as an ideal light bite. One of the star dishes of the evening was the suckling pig. Served as two flattened slices of crispy skin and succulent meat, the dish is rich and crunchy and served with a refreshing and citrusy pumpkin sauce which further enhanced the flavours of the meat.
The Bomba red prawn paella is presented attractively, topped with a large red prawn on top, and the generous portion of creamy rice has captured the fragrance and flavour of the seafood. For dessert we went for Mojito, which was an unusual fusion of lime and rum granita, white peach sorbet and mint. It was refreshing and light but ultimately we weren’t particularly fond of the combination.
Zafran offers plentiful Spanish selections for both white and red wines. We enjoyed our red flowers sangria which offers a perfect blend of wine flavours and fruity taste.
The staff are polite and well-trained, can recommend dishes and wine at ease.
A satisfying meal for two with two glasses of Sangria comes to approximately HK$900. Considering the convenient location and overall quality of the dishes, Zafran serves as a decent eatery that presents value for money.