Aug 25, 2017

A fun-filled fiesta to brighten up the week


The middle of the week may not be what you would traditionally associate with a rollicking good time, but at Mozaic Club, we figured there could be no better time to raise the spirits and bring together old friends and new. 



On Thursday, August 24, Mozaic Club organised a fun-filled Spanish themed evening at the La Paloma Tapas Bar in Sai Ying Pun. Given the diversity in interests and backgrounds among our attendees, the event was planned to cater to every taste.

La Paloma is a chiringuito-style casual restaurant concept based on Spanish beach bars, and bringing a fun and festive outdoor ambience to an indoor restaurant.



With a mouth-watering spread of tapas and paella, well complemented by free-flow drinks – ranging from cava, wine and sangria to beer and soft drinks, the stage was well set for an evening of networking, socialising, merry-making and dancing.



The menu included house specialties such as Iberian acorn-fed ham, sea bass and papaya ceviche, sautéed prawns with a light curry sauce, lamb short ribs with Romanesco and Padron peppers, and a traditional seafood paella. To finish the meal on a sweet note, the ever-popular churros made an appearance for dessert, accompanied by vanilla and chocolate ice creams.

Topped off with a salsa dancing lesson run by Franky, a South American salsa expert, and an open dance floor until the end of the night, it was a truly memorable evening.

As we say at Mozaic Club – Eat, Enrich, Entertain, Experience. We can’t think of a better way to sum up our time at La Paloma.


Spanish Feast & Festivities – An Unforgettable Venue 



The venue for our event, La Paloma (which means “The Pigeon”), is named after the famous nightclub in Barcelona of the same name. The whole concept of La Paloma is to offer a unique, fun and interactive dining experience that is accessible and affordable.



La Paloma is part of El Willy Fun F&B Group, which includes a diverse range of restaurant concepts across Hong Kong and China. Starting with the El Willy Happy Spanish Restaurant – the group’s flagship venue, the next development was El Cóctel – a Japanese cocktail bar with a funky twist. FoFo by El Willy – a contemporary Spanish restaurant in Central Hong Kong and Bikini, Snackies and Hot Dogs – a tiny crazy sandwich bar followed, with Elefante Happy Restaurant and Bar – a Mediterranean deli, Tomatito – a sexy tapas bar and La Paloma – a chiringuto-style casual concept completing the portfolio of unique, Spanish-themed restaurants.

At La Paloma, the ambience is truly unique, with its outdoor beach bar inspired ambience that extensively uses building materials commonly used in Spanish chiringuitos, as well as plenty of colours to create a casual and festive atmosphere.



To set the stage for a buzzy Spanish dining atmosphere every night, Paloma, the Pigeon will also be commonly found around the restaurant.


Dancing the Night Away with the Salsa-Man!



A highlight of Mozaic Club’s event at La Paloma was the salsa dancing lesson conducted by Franky Wong – an expert salsa instructor. In fact, Franky can take credit for having been part of establishing the salsa scene in Hong Kong in the 1990s!



Fondly known as the Salsa-Man, Franky and his partner Chris established their salsa school, Fun4u Productions, in 1998. They taught salsa at the Fringe Club for more than 10 years, followed by a further 10 years of training in private studios. Their experience also includes organising weekly salsa parties, as well as work in clubs, hotels and restaurants.



Franky and Chris themselves were trained in salsa in New York City with top Latin artists. Franky then decided to share his knowledge of salsa with people in Hong Kong to help improve their quality of living as well as to help expats adapt to HK’s hectic work environment more easily.


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