Moshi Moshi

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 July, 2012, 12:00am


2 Clear Water Bay Road, Tai Po Tsai, Sai Kung
Tel: 2668 2605
Open: noon-3pm, 6-10pm
Cuisine: Japanese

Price: about $170 without drinks. There is no service charge.

Ambience: cosy and friendly, and exactly what you'd expect from a small neighbourhood restaurant. Seating is limited to three tables and a dog-leg counter. Specials are advertised on notices stuck to the wall.

Pros: it's the type of place where the proprietor takes orders, makes recommendations and chats to customers. We appreciated the dish specially made for us that had another table wishing they'd ordered the same: mixed vegetables fried with garlic. The location on the main road makes it easy for commuters to stop off for dinner on their way home.

Cons: vegetarians would go hungry at Moshi Moshi - there are few green options. The air conditioner above one of the tables was dripping. The pan-fried croaker (HK$58) was too salty.

Recommended: flame-roasted beef sushi (HK$28 for two pieces) may not be traditional, but that doesn't mean it can't be delicious. Marinated and lightly cooked, so it was juicy, floppy and full of flavour, the strips of meat tasted better than they looked atop a small mound of rice. The beef with enoki mushrooms (HK$32) was also a treat. Beef slices enveloped bundles of stringy enoki to form filling bolster-like rolls that were pan fried and coated with a barbecue sauce. Sea urchin warship sushi (HK$35 for two pieces) also pleased, probably because uni are apparently at their best in late spring/summer, when they are ready to mate.

What else? Students (in uniform or under 16) can order HK$42 lunch specials from Monday to Friday. On offer are diced sashimi on rice, assorted sushi (two pieces each of salmon, amber jack, surf clam, crab stick, sweet egg), grilled eel with rice or beef or roasted pork udon, all of which come with miso soup or a soft drink.