Kirala Kitchen

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am


2/F Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2808 0292
Open: Monday-Saturday noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm
Cuisine: Japanese, specialising in kaiseki

Price: about HK$1,300 without drinks or the service charge.

Ambience: simple without being stark. We sat at the counter in front of the open kitchen so we could watch our meal being prepared. Servers were helpful and explained what we were eating.

Pros: the food - it's beautiful, subtle, seasonal and delicious - everything a kaiseki meal should be. At night, there are two kaiseki omakase (chef's choice) menus, one at HK$1,200 with supplements on a couple of dishes, and another at HK$1,500. The chef can change the menu to accommodate any food dislikes or allergies. The dishes change frequently, so some we tasted might not be available when you visit.

Cons: there wasn't anything we disliked.

Recommended dishes: we had the HK$1,200 menu, which was substantial enough, and in fact, we weren't able to finish the entire portion of grilled eel and burdock rice, with the addition of sea urchin (served on the side) that had a HK$150 supplement. Among the highlights were a starter trio of cockle rolled with Iberian pork, white taro stem with sesame dressing, and sea urchin tofu with water shield; the sashimi course of conch, ark shell clam, shrimp and Japanese snapper; and a grilled course of perfectly seared A4 Japanese beef with asparagus, bell pepper, sweet potato and tomato. For the cooked fish course, we shared the grilled scallop with foie gras - an unusual combination that worked well, with both main ingredients complementing each other, and simmered kinki fish (with a HK$200 supplement) that was lighter and much more subtle, but just as delicious. The meal ends with green tea served in beautiful handmade bowls.

What else? Lunch sets range from HK$198 to HK$480. At night, there's an ? la carte selection of snacks, salads, sushi and sashimi, and hot dishes.