The amuse bouche of walnut tofu and spinach in a sesame sauce were both good but the tofu was a stand out for the essence of walnut captured in a a smooth yet slightly chewy piece of tofu, capped with a very well roasted nut to rid it of excess oils.
Having made the choice of the Chef's Omakase set, we sat down to business. At HK$1,580 this is serious business. We didn't get Sase san since I booked late, but Chef Wai was very professional and had a good Japanese discipline about him. Yes, the strong silent type. That said, he does smile when presenting a new course. Perhaps he was nervous since he did forget our pickles until we asked.
The raw food was a fresh selection of Flounder, Tuna (Maguro), Sea urchin, House-smoked fish, Octopus (Tako) and Snow crab.
Fall off the shell freshness. And very sweet. The creamy roe was foie gras of the sea, packed with the salty sea and a nice contrast to the sweetness of the crab.
|Deep fried Monk Fish|
In the cooked food section, the deep fried monk fish stood out better than the other choice of soy-braised Kinki. Don't get me wrong, the Kinki was very well executed accompanied by radish and young spinach. Very light yet tasty. But the monk fish was an exciting battle of crisp batter and a slightly crunchy fish. Each buttery mouthful quite addictive, especially with the highlights of lime squishes over the top.
The sushi course was a presentation of 9 pieces, including ark shell, mackeral, snapper, wild amberjack (buri), shrimp, salmon roe, tuna belly and sea eel. The rice was of high quality with the right amount of marinade, and well cooked to show separation of grains yet maintain a stickiness that held together without being overly tight.
|Seared Tuna belly|
|Matcha Panna Cotta|
|Honey ice cream with cinnamon ice|
This was yet another winner. Creamy honey given a clever bite by a cinammon flavored crushed ice. Enough said.
Food wise, there is little complaint about this place despite the hefty price tag. Service was decent depending on who you get. Still, service aside, it is one of Hong Kong's finest sushi joints as at the date of this post and if you think about the money you save on a ticket to Japan, this more than pays for itself. A resounding "yes" to a repeat. Is it bonus time yet?
49 Hollywood Road