Shenzhen Restaurant Review: Skina Tapas Bar & Restaurant

By Jonathan Zhong, January 2, 2019

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The Place

From the Spanish city of Marbella, Skina Tapas Bar & Restaurant opened its first China outlet in Futian District back in October. Nestled in the Ping An Finance Center, with an outdoor area large enough to host a large party, the establishment will soon welcome a new walkway that will connect it to the soon-to-be-opened Park Hyatt Hotel on the opposite side of the street.

Image via Skina Tapas Bar & Restaurant

The Food

The original Skina in Spain has quite the reputation, having earned a star from the folks at the Michelin Guide for four years in a row. Out of the approximately 40 edible items on the menu, we started our meal with one of Skina’s signature dishes: the crunchy suckling pig cut with roasted potatoes (RMB328). The small portion of lean meat arrives with a crispy skin and succulent layer of fat, which acts as a tender buffer zone for diners. 

Image via Skina Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Up next was the seafood paella (RMB268). The taste of this particular dish was impeccable, with the rice absorbing flavors from the shrimp, clams and mussels resting on top, although we might have preferred fluffier rice.

Image via Skina Tapas Bar & Restaurant

We finished our visit with two housespecial drinks from their wide selection of cocktails and wines: ‘backyard garden’ (RMB98), a floral vodka-based cocktail, and ‘blossom’ (RMB98), a lighter, floral and fruity cocktail beautifully covered with crushed rose petals. These refreshing and visually satisfying drinks are perfect for capping off a substantial meal, while also making for some Insta-worthy snaps.

Image by Jonathan Zhong/That's

The Vibe

Image by Jonathan Zhong/That's

We visited Skina just after the lunch rush, which meant we were able to enjoy the space in relative peace. If you arrive after the sun has gone down, though, expect to find a lively atmosphere in which to enjoy a spectacular view of the city’s CBD area.

Price: RMB250
Who’s going: lovers of Iberian cuisine, cityview enthusiasts
Good for: authentic tastes of Spain, laid-back atmosphere
Nearest metro: Shopping Park (Exit D), 5 minutes’ walk

Open daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. See listing for Skina Tapas Bar & Restaurant

[Cover image via Skina Tapas Bar & Restaurant]

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