As you would expect, there are several tiers of Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong. There are ones for the masses, usually offering average-quality sushi along carousel / conveyor belts such as Genki Sushi (元気寿司). Quality is consistent but selection, especially on different types of raw fishes, is limited.
Then there are restaurants that are beyond my usual budget such as Nadaman in Shangri-la, where they apparently serve HKD 1,900 eel (unagi) rice set. Go figure!
And then there are ones lodged somewhere in the middle, where its neither cheap or expensive (depending on what and how you eat). For good authentic Japanese food in Hong Kong, there are usually two places I would visit:
- Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant (友和日本料理) on Lockhart Road in Causeway Bay; and
- Ten Jaku (天勺日本料理) on Tang Lung Street also in Causeway Bay.
And today for lunch, I had cravings for Ten Jaku. I don’t usually go there for lunch, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out they offer lunch sets at very reasonable prices. The one I ordered cost me only HKD 110, and here’s what I got:
- small salad
- miso soup
- steamed egg
- a tofu-skin wrapped sushi
- a piece of California roll
- 5 pieces of sushi
- a bowl of diced sashimi on rice
- 2 pieces of watermelon as dessert
And the quality was good too!
I suppose their lunch menu is nothing to be impressed with, but visit the restaurant during dinner and you’ll find the vast selection of seasonal seafood they have. Then again, expect to pay about HKD 500 to 800 per head for a decent dinner.
Also, if you Google Ten Jaku, you’ll find that there’s already been lots of favourable reviews written about this dig. Afterall, they’ve been around for over 10 years!
3/F., Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2833 5337