Directly across from the entrance to The Shangri-La is Hola Espana. It is a small, unassuming restaurant with a Spanish theme (unsurprisingly) but pizza and pasta also available (there appears to be a pizzeria upstairs). Menu is as expected offering tapas and Spanish style main courses. Service was prompt if not a little erratic. I plumped for three tapas dishes which were served rather randomly either side of a superb bouillabaisse. My wife had Australian tenderloin which was a bit heavy on the garlic but declared a hit. My daughter had a gnocchi and the clean plate said more than words could. The menu is accompanied by a wine list whilst very impressive is rather odd given it is almost exclusively Italian with no Spanish wines featured. However being big fans of Italian reds we found no problem in ordering a lovely Ripasso for about £35. The wine list was probably deserving of a more upmarket restaurant but it was nice to have such a wide choice of wines from all over Italy.
The whole bill came to less than £100 for three courses, coffees and a couple of 18yo Macallan that shocked and delighted this single malt enthusiast as it was sold at under £4 a dram.
Highly recommended for guests of The Shangri-La and other nearby hotels who might want a change from the hotel offerings at a very reasonable price.
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