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Spanish dining space Agora to open in Hong Kong's Tai Kwun

Enjoy Spanish fare with flair at Agora in Tai Kwun.

Agora, a Spanish dining space by Hong Kong-based chef Antonio Oviedo, is set to open in Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun heritage area this month.

Oviedo is teaming up with JIA restaurant group for the Spanish fine dining concept. Oviedo, a Madrileño who helms Wan Chai’s award-winning 22 Ships dining space, will work with restaurant manager Anton Marquez to create contemporary Spanish tasting menus. During the launch phase, Agora, meaning 'centre of life', will be open for dinner only, serving a ten-course seasonal degustation ‘Menú Gran Agora’, featuring seasonal ingredients sourced as much as possible from Spain.

Regional highlights include verdial, an extra virgin olive oil cultivated in Málaga, served with wheat and red wine butter, and choricero chilli pepper, a dehydrated variety of Spanish red pepper, served with crayfish and nectarine.

The Mediterranean-styled interior has been designed by Hong Kong-based Collective Studio and features a red-and-white marble arch entryway influenced by ancient stone aljibe (underground wells), a curved ceiling and terracotta bricks paving the walls. The 24-seat space will feature a private dining room as well as individual tables and a chef’s counter at the restaurant's stunning red marble bar.

Agora will be working with World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organisation providing meals to disadvantaged communities following natural disasters.

Agora is currently slated to open in mid-May.

Open 6 to 10pm, Wednesday to Sunday; Shop 14, G/F D Hall, Tai Kwun (enter via the Gallery Gate entrance on Old Bailey Street), 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2316 2005.

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