578, HeTi Road, SanMin District, Kaohsiung
Hours:Everyday 11:30 am-2:30 pm,
5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Major credit cards accepted.
10% service charge added.
English and chinese menus available.
Hola Spanish Restaurant greets you warmly
in every way possible--a gorgeous interior filled with
Spanish paraphernalia, an inviting bar and smiling tri-lingual
staff. If you arrive early, enjoy an espresso or a thick
hot chocolate Caliente (one of this writer's favorite
items in all of Kaohsiung--NT$80). The ground floor
also hosts a small shop with various Spanish goods for
The owner, a Spanish expat, does all
the cooking, ensuring each dish is an exquisite delight.
Try starting your evening with a bottle of Spanish red
wine, well worth it at NT$1100. The waitress even knew
the serving rituals, down to the cork and "sip
of approval" from the one who ordered. Delicious
appetizers are too many to name, but the Setas a la
Plancha (Grilled Mushrooms with garlic and Spanish parsley--NT$160)
comes highly recommended. More decadent diners will
enjoy the Crepe Rellena de Mariscos (NT$240), a soft
crepe filled with seafood and spinach.
From the list of main dishes, this writer had the Dorado
Asada al Horno--a fillet of gilthead with olive oil,
toasted garlic and lemon (NT$480)--and one pot of Paella
(NT$540). A traditional Spanish specialty, this dish
consists of a cast iron pot filled with slow-cooked
saffron rice, mixed seafood, vegetables and other spices.
To finish it off, try a round of espresso
and sample several desserts, each at NT$120. Whether
you choose the Creme Brulee, the Helado de Pera Al Vino
(pears cooked and served with red wine sorbet and a
crisp cookie) or one of their amazing ice creams, you
are sure to leave Hola with a grin on your face and
a very content, full belly. The meals may seem expensive,
but make no mistake--dining at Hola is a full evening's
event and well worth every penny. Regulations require
FYI South to remind you not to drink and drive.
FYI South is
required to remind you not to drink and drive.