Restaurateur Rajeev Bhasin started his career in the hospitality industry with the Taj group of hotels in the 80’s. In 1991 opportunity brought him to Hongkong and started working as a manager in a reputed Indian restaurant “Gaylord”. After that Rajeev was unstoppable opening almost a dozen dining and entertainment concept restaurants – everything from an Australian steakhouse, oceanside brasserie, fine-dining Italian Cucina…to a casual Vietnamese Café. There literally seemed no limit to Rajeev’s talent and determination.

In 2012 Rajeev started his own company and opened three of his own highly successful restaurants across Hong Kong . “Tamarind”, a delightful pan-Asian diner blending the flavours of ‘Sianam’ – Thai & Vietnamese “Namo” – avant Thai high-dining at its finest and “Gunpowder” where freshly prepared Indian dishes are served with a sexy, modern twist.

Rajeev explains his inspiration – “The Covid pandemic has made me look ahead to work towards satisfying the changing demands of Hong Kong diners, and especially the millennials who are used to frequently travelling to the world’s top destinations for food, wine and adventure, but due to the pandemic are restricted and unable to experience new cultures and cuisines. An all-time favourite has always been Spanish cuisine, but tastes and demands are elevating and we’re looking to create a Modern Mediterranean cuisine (“Mod-Med”) that will feature the Spanish culinary basics but with touches of foodie influences from across the Mediterranean coast – France, Italy, Greece and North Africa.

Rajeev’s newest venue “Quiero Mas” (“I want more”) has cobalt blue and warm-wood hued interiors by the uber-creative Hernan Zanghellini. Diners will enter the penthouse-level main Dining Room through a warm and inviting cocktail lounge where they can select from the regional wine and champagne carte, Spanish G&T concoctions and one of ‘Barca’s best’ brews on-tap and or perhaps even a Grappa aperitif and a complimentary pintxo at the bar before dinner.

The team is headed by Artisan-Chef, Barcelona native Alex Fargas, who’s been in Hong Kong for over a decade wowing the palettes of both the locals and expatriates alike with his award-winning contemporary Spanish concepts. Chef Alex will be bringing to Quiero Más a new, imaginative, wide-canvas, Mod-Med menu featuring the very best of the culinary traditions of the “Western Sea” coast-to-coast, blended to a fresh and contemporary style.

One level up is the sky-lounge rooftop bar for a nightcap (or more!), soaking in the cool breezes and stunning City views blended with background vibes of the resident DJ.
For Rajeev , “Quiero Más is an opportunity to shine a positive light amongst the hardships of the past year and the team and I are looking forward to sharing all the creativity and inspiration of these fantastic cultures. It’ll be a unique two levels party place with great Spanish food and an exotic menu of wine and cocktails. Let the party begin at Quiero Más !

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By: Saif Rahman Sozib