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Secret Mexican Taqueria and Bar, Candelaria, Sets Stage at Ozone

November 3, 2016 Dining No Comments Email Email

ivan-avellanedaA true hidden gem in the trendy Le Marais neighborhood of Paris. The chic and atmospheric Candelaria bar is probably the best well-kept secret among Parisians. From November 16 to 20, a private area of Ozone will be dedicated to recreating the speakeasy bar at an altitude of 490 meters above sea level, hitting the Hong Kong cocktail scene with waves of excitement.

Opened in 2011, Candelaria became an instant hit in the city with its expertly crafted cocktails and authentic Mexican tacos. The cozy taquería welcomes diners with a taco counter and communal tables in a bright white setting, where a mad-capping fun experience is waiting to be discovered at the hidden bar in the back room. Specializing in agave spirits-infused cocktails, the bar has been named one of the “World’s 50 Best Bars” for five consecutive years since 2012 and recognized by Tales of the Cocktail as “Top 10 Best International Cocktail Bar 2016”.

For five nights only, hipsters in Hong Kong will have an exclusive opportunity to sample a range of experimental cocktails crafted by Candelaria’s Bar Manager Ivan Avellaneda, and fierily delectable tacos recreated by Ozone’s Chef de Cuisine Rafael Gil using original recipes from Candelaria. The adventure to the Hong Kong version of Paris’ unrevealed treasure begins at the hotel lobby, as the pop-up bar has its very own entrance which has never been open to the public. Guests will be directed by dedicated pathfinders through an unmarked and barely noticeable doorway to a private area with a gorgeous white counter showcasing the busy activities of the chefs, whereas a stylish bar counter is set up on the other side of the room.


Ivan Avellaneda is set to rouse Hong Kong nightlifers with six of his signature cocktails, priced at HK$160 each. Not to be missed is the iconic La Guepe Verte – a punchy spice-infused Tequila Blanco cocktail balanced with a hint of freshness from the grassy mix of cucumber, coriander and lime and agave syrup. Ladies should look no further than Amor & Deudas – a Tequila Blanco, Aperol and Crème de Menthe-based cocktail mellowed by the fruitiness of lemon and pineapple, allowing the subtle sweetness of jalapeño syrup and coconut sugar to shine through. A blend of Mezcal, Tequila Blanco, Amaro Montenegro, Lime and Chinotto Soda, Al Son de Labatanga is a palatable bubbly treat to stir one up to the temptations of a fun night out.

Complementing the inventive cocktails is a scrumptious selection of Mexican snacks including tacos, tostadas, guacamole, salsa and chocolate dessert, developed from Candelaria’s very own recipes with a playful touch by Ozone’s Spanish Chef de Cuisine Rafael Gil. For the full menu, please refer to the appendix.

Date: November 16 to 20, 2016
Venue: Ozone, Level 118, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Time: 6 pm until late


All prices are subject to 10% service charge. For reservations, please contact Restaurant Reservations at (852) 2263 2270 or via email at

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